Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 6, 2014

Mumbai prevail in heated contest

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Mumbai Indians 187 for 5 (Rohit 59*, Pollard 43) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 168 for 8 (Gayle 38, Kohli 35, Bumrah 2-22, Malinga 2-29, Harbhajan 2-33) by 19 runs
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Hattangadi: Pollard, Starc must be punished

A calculated charge from Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard amid indisciplined bowling from Royal Challengers Bangalore set up Mumbai Indians' victory, their second on the trot at home. Rohit and Pollard came together at 84 for 4 in the tenth over and accelerated late to add 97 in the next ten. Combined with 25 extras, including 12 wides, it was well beyond Royal Challengers' reach, though they had reached 94 for 1 in the tenth over. Harbhajan Singh then claimed Chris Gayle for 38, and Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers went soon after as the visitors' challenge melted away.

With one side of the ground smaller than the other, and a furiously quick outfield, both sides wanted to chase, and Royal Challengers did. Mumbai Indians' top order of Ben Dunk, CM Gautam and Ambati Rayudu could not really get going on a pitch with pace and bounce, but the numerous extras served up by the Royal Challengers quick bowlers ensured the run-rate stayed reasonably high. The visitors hit back with quick wickets as the halfway mark of the innings approached, when Pollard joined Rohit.

With only Aditya Tare and the bowlers to come, the pair was forced to play cautiously for some time. The first five overs of the partnership produced only 29, despite some poor fielding. With about six overs left, Rohit and Pollard gradually opened up. Amid throwing his bat at Mitchell Starc in an ugly flare-up, Pollard contributed 43 off 31.

Rohit cut loose in the penultimate over bowled by Varun Aaron. A couple of top-edges flew fine for six, there was a straight hit for four and a sliced six over deep cover as 24 came off the over. Rohit lofted Starc for four over extra cover off the last ball of the innings to surge to 59 off 35 as Mumbai Indians ended on 187 for 5.

Gayle and Parthiv Patel responded with an opening stand of 53 in five overs. Parthiv did the early running before Gayle took Pawan Suyal for four successive boundaries in the third over. Rohit turned to Harbhajan, and after a quiet opening over, the offspinner had Parthiv bowled on the slog-sweep off the first ball of his second.

Gayle wasn't done yet. He swung Harbhajan for consecutive boundaries in the same over. Rohit persisted with Harbhajan, who sent down a tight third over. Harbhajan was given a fourth on the trot, the first four balls of which went for 12. Gayle attempted a slog-sweep off the fifth, missed and was bowled for 38 off 24.

In walked de Villiers and calmly reverse-paddled Harbhajan first ball for four. When Mumbai Indians reprieved both batsmen in the space of four deliveries, it seemed the chances could cost them. Royal Challengers needed 72 off the last eight with Kohli and de Villiers looking good.

However, de Villiers was bowled in the 13th over, missing after having backed too far across to Jasprit Bumrah. Kohli swatted Suyal straight to long-off in the next over. The asking-rate climbed rapidly now. Pollard ran out Yuvraj Singh, and though Rilee Rossouw tried, Royal Challengers had ceded too much ground with all those extras.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • espncricinfomobile on May 8, 2014, 8:34 GMT

    Calm down guys. Virat vs Rohit is unfair. Viral is born talent where aa Rohit is one of the most eye catching player the long he bat. It's IPL, RCB with such a mighty batting line up has failed to live upto expectation. MI is looking different team coming home. MI has history of playing team game rather than individual show. The team back themselves in pressure games. Malinga and Bhajji has won them CLT20 with bat. If Hussey shows his worth MI can qualify 4th. Tough job. Santoki will be replacing Malinga. Zak out of them would be big headache as they need Indian pace bowler to replace zak. I would like to see Gautam,Raydu,Hussey,Rohit,Pollard,Cory,Tare,Bhajji,Malinga/Santoki,Bhumrah,(Ojha on slow track but replacement for Zak is real problem). My play off teams : KXI Punjab, CSK, RR, MI/KKR/RCB.

  • Twinkie on May 7, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    Shockvalue, Did you not see when the ball was thrown at said batsman, then? They were both wrong but Starc started it.

  • Naresh28 on May 7, 2014, 14:37 GMT

    Rohit Sharma - must have slienced a few critics about slow batting. If only this guy would do something about getting out early - be more responsible, India would have a talented Sachin replacement. Rahane, Uthappa, Karthik, Gambhir, Vijay, Raina - have shown class in the IPL so far.

  • Prats6 on May 7, 2014, 12:10 GMT

    Amazed at the inaction or even the non comment from IPL Governing Council? What are the umpires doing? The Stac Pollard incident was a shame , a blot on cricket and it simply cannot be allowed to pass.

  • MADHUR.KHOSLA on May 7, 2014, 10:10 GMT

    MI should buy Azhar Mahmood or David Wiese in place of Zaheer. Good indian options would be Pankaj Singh or Krishankant Upadhyay

  • shockValue on May 7, 2014, 9:20 GMT

    A guy just threw a bat at another guy on a cricket field and no action followed? For the people who embrace this kind of behavior on cricket- Guys you are watching the wrong sport. WWE would be more entertaining for you ;)

  • rsurya on May 7, 2014, 8:46 GMT

    Tare, Gautam, Corey, Rohit, Pollard, Simmons, Rayudu, Baaji, Praveen Kumar, Santokie, Bumrah. Replace Zaheer with Praveen kumar Mumbai.

  • Carl13 on May 7, 2014, 8:06 GMT

    agree with rajesh malhotra. rohit was unlucky to start his test career late . For stats Kohli avg 22 in first 6 test and 35 in first 10 test matches . He too was given time to settle in international test career . Rohit averages 56 in his test career so far . By not getting scores in SF n NZ does not mean he is a failure in international career . He has been performing since last yr . N he will get better .

  • android_user on May 7, 2014, 7:42 GMT

    agree with rajesh malhotra.

  • eng_mdkhan on May 7, 2014, 7:39 GMT

    IPL 7: Action Unlimited Edition

    Do we really expect the players to not show emotions when they are being paid millions to perform well? When I go home and switch on the TV to watch IPL I am looking forward to some high quality, adrenalin pumping action and boy does it deliver. Yesterday was the highlight thus far and as long as there is no physical contact we should embrace this aggression not shy away from it. Let the purists preach on their hallowed grounds of test cricket but stay away from IPL. With the timeouts, vibrant colors, cheerleaders and DJs strutting their stuff are you kidding us? IPL has redefined cricket and lets ensure that it stays that way.

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