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  • POSTED BY asiaciarra on | May 7, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    A batsman pulling out as a form of tit-for-tat is not uncommon, also, bowlers have picked up the ball in their follow through and thrown back at the stumps "aggressively"...again not new. The bat slipped, no one can argue otherwise, no intention to deliver the blow, it was heated and they both lost it.

    The penalty was a good enough statement, why this pontification about not good for the game etc...if the bat did not fall off Pollard hand...this incident would not have gotten so much attention.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    why is everyone bashing pollard..starc had plenty time to pull out of the delivery stride..just another australian wanna be bully.he is lucky he wasnt back in viv's time.he surely would have received more than the bat thrown...tell him trythrowing theball at his teammate chris gayle in the nets an see what happens..

  • POSTED BY Princepurple1979 on | May 7, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Pollard better pray that he doesn't have to get to face the aussie quicks in a test match soon. Its another thing hitting all these bowlers for a six in IPL. But that is not going to be the case in a test match. Imagine Johnson, Starc & Co. bouncing away Pollard on a perth wicket!! But have to say that from Munaf patel & Bhajji to Bumrah & Pollard, MI has been the worst behaving team in IPL history! They really need a Dravid / Dhoni to gain some sportsmanship..

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | May 7, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Pollard does it more often doesnt he? He runs in to bowl, complete the bowling action without releasing the ball too often. And yesterday, there was no movement at the side screen, the bowler was about to deliver and he pulls away? Well, bowler was in his stride and decided to bowl anyway. These days batsmen move around in the crease too often and what the bowler do is follow the batsman. Thats all he did. Pollard had no business pulling away just as Starc had no business mouthing off after the bouncer.

  • POSTED BY kurups on | May 7, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Hey guys...this is awesome for cricket. a bit of exchange between players is not only just fun, but also an essential ingredient for the spectator's thrill. Stop talking as loss of gamesmanship etc.! Pollard & Starc should not be fined (in my view). This sheer intensity between two exceptional players is real fun to watch. But it is so wrong to walk away at the end of a fast bowler's run up, considering the effort they put in to fast bowl each ball!

  • POSTED BY RagTagTeam on | May 7, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Why are people concerned by bouncers? Fair enough that on the tempers on the field should be controlled, but bouncers are a key part of cricket. If you had ever faced a fast bowler who can actually get it above your waist you'd know what I mean. Terrifying and difficult to play, but when you get it away...

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 7, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Pollard really needs a good look in by match ref. Hope he does so and deal with appropriately. Starc too showing his immaturity. Being such a talent with his immense skills he has it in him to be a great. Has been brilliant as Bangalore's spearhead as well. Don't u'stand why while in middle of a fine spell he needs to get carried away with inane chatter with batsmen. Shoud stick to getting back to mark for next ball,1q thing he's good @. He's certainly not good in some too. As we saew yesterday. Lessons..

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | May 7, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Fast bowling is very strenuous on the body, I know as my 85kph thunderbolts take a lot out of me, imagine getting that speed closer to 150kph. There should be a point of no return for batsman who without legitimate reason to back away should be able to be dismissed. Pollard was doing it to be a prat to get back at Starc for the bouncer, and in my opinion lucky Starc didn't bowl a bouncer at his body and got of light.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Finally one thing seems to be visible is that there is more than cricket going between WI and Aus. Someone needs to calm down things since Falkuner expressive speech. Expecting some heavy penalty for MI and Pollard with Stark. One of the ugly seen with in 22 yards.

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | May 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    As long as sledging, riling, etc, are glorified and portrayed as "gamesmanship", incidents like these are bound to happen. It won't be long before someone tries to settle the matter physically on the field. Everything, everyone associated with this incident is completely wrong and deserves big ban:

    Staarc : For starting the nonsense and intentionally bowling at Pollard's body. Pollard: For trying to play the one-upmanship card, when he pulled out. Umpires: For not taking charge and being utterly incompetent. Kohli: For coming to the defense of his bowler, who deliberately tried to hurt Pollard. Rohit: For being a mere spectator and not making any attempt to pacify anyone, inspite of being the Captain.

    Atavistic. They might as well build a ring on the pitch and invite all teams for a no holds barred fight. Forget about Bat and Ball skills.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 7, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Not a good attitude from MI especially the new bowler Bumra sendoff. Worst man management lead by Pollard. Pollard has great talent which is not mean no other should overcome his challenge on their day. Pollard is not the chap to dictate how the bowler should behave as so many times he irritated the batsman by not releasing the ball (sickening) especially when they are in hitting zone. Eventhough Stark said some words (no defend) to Pollard that should be very common in Pollard cricketing manual. But what he did after was more annoying thing to any bowler as he stopped Stark with dreadful intention to display his arrogance as he stopped Stark.Stark could not resist his temper as he released the ball towards Pollard.I am not goanna defend Stark again but what Pollard did was outrageous to cricket and IPL.If he cannot sustain to this pressure, he does not have any rights to show it others.I mean Pollard must have the maturity to accept what he gives to others. He would have done better;)

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 6:56 GMT

    Nobody likes these Aussies, they can not play fair, it is a part of their culture, they are bullies, Starc would not want to be in a room with Pollard alone and open his big mouth. Gayle and Pollard was just humorous Caribbean banter.

  • POSTED BY Udendra on | May 7, 2014, 6:37 GMT

    IPL is ruining the "gentlemenness" of the game. This is more evidence.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | May 7, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    I don't understand why bowlers are given a license to say or abuse the batsmen and even if you notice when the batsmen plays back to the bowler he tries to hit the batsmen by throwing the ball at him. All the times it is the bowlers who are guilty. Aggression should be shown by bowling not talking. Staring is OK but no verbal abuse. If the bowler gets the batsmen out, he doesn't celebrates but rather he makes mockery of the batsmen, whereas the batsman after hitting a six, he doesn't show any emotions or gestures towards the bowler.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 6:05 GMT

    If this were an international match I would EXPECT stark to receive the best part of a 4 match ban and more. This was an effort to injure the batsman. Pollard stepped away when stark was still 3-4 steps from delivery. He has then deliberately followed the batsman nearly off the pitch on the leg side. Very directed effort to cause harm. Had he hit him in the head with the ball I would expect criminal action. This was one of the worse displays of sportsmanship you will see. Simply disgraceful. Pollard handled it extremely calmly considering the intent behind the ball.

  • POSTED BY Matt_in_SG on | May 7, 2014, 5:50 GMT

    You have got to be joking. Two very passionate players have a bit of a clash. It adds spice to the contest, livens up the game for both spectator and players. Good on them for actually wanting to win instead of so many who are going through the motions waiting to collect their cheque at the end.

  • POSTED BY imtiazjaleel on | May 7, 2014, 5:48 GMT

    STARC did not bowl but thrown the ball at Pollard and if I were in Pollard's situation i would have done the same thing, you throw ball i will throw bat. It was started by Starc by saying a few words to Pollard and the reaction from Pollard was outstanding. Then he did what Starc should be expecting from him, pulling out the last moment and Starc could not take it and did that which everybody saw.

  • POSTED BY muzika_tchaikovskogo on | May 7, 2014, 5:33 GMT

    Starc's behaviour was pathetic and Pollard's reaction was equally so. Neither side emerged with any credit.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 5:29 GMT

    Pollards kick-runout of yuvi should be in this plays section..

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 5:19 GMT

    Stac sould be punished not pollard

  • POSTED BY ThePacifist10 on | May 7, 2014, 4:48 GMT

    @Bernoulli

    I don't think Kohli can be blamed here. I saw the replays and he was trying to calm Pollard down. But Pollard was a bit ticked off and responded rather harshly. I don't blame him however. That was uncalled for from Starc. I don't blame Kohli or Polly. I think Starc was being a very uncivilized cricketer. Sheer nonsense from Mitch Starc and Allan Donald himself disapproved. Disappointed in Starc as an RCB fan.

  • POSTED BY Siva_Bala75 on | May 7, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    Pollard has this habit of pulling away at the last minute- both while bowling and batting. He has done it too many times. When he does this there should be an immediate on field investigation by the two umpires and if deliberate, there should be some punishment.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 3:47 GMT

    Starc should be punished not the Pollard..............

  • POSTED BY jackforce on | May 7, 2014, 3:44 GMT

    Starc had no business making that delivery after Pollard pulled out. Starc should be thrown out four atleast 2 games and fined. Pollard handled it well. This is not the first time Starc have tried bullying and. I was actually supporting RCB until that incident and I was dissappointed in Kohli handling it that way. I was expecting him being a captain to soothe the situation. Great game, Nevertheless. Someone mentioned "Rohit Sharma had good captaincy by running Pollard out" - Actually that was not true. Pollard sacrificed his wicket for Rohit to continue.

  • POSTED BY moscowman on | May 7, 2014, 3:36 GMT

    First it was wayward bowling by the Royal Challengers. Then Yuvi taking singles when everyone wanted him to open up. I think it is the end of Yuvaraj as a batsman. He is a thoroughly jaded player lacking in self confidence. And Pollard is arrogant. He often resorts to tantrums like stopping bowling at the last second under some pretext or the other and disturbing the concentration of batsmen.

  • POSTED BY IndCricFan2013 on | May 7, 2014, 2:39 GMT

    Pollard and Starc both need one math suspension and 100% match fee as a fine. If any one person is found to do more damage then they should one additional match ban.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    come on polly hit more sixers....that will hurt more...

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 7, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Who says arrogance is only restricted to the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Don't think Pollard lost it as suggested .I think he kept it in quite well...given the provocation by Starc.. who follows a batsman who has pulled out early and going to square leg ??.... Think Starc was the one that lost it !

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    look at Polly's reaction to the words of Starc , he said go back and bowl nah , i true gamesmanship he walked away when Starc ran in , early enough for Starc to abort the delivery but he CHOSE to deliver the ball way outside the pitch in the direction where Polly stood yet people talking about Polly and little about Starc

  • POSTED BY Bernoulli on | May 6, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    I have seen many sledging incidents but the Starc-Pollard one was ugly. There was nothing to laugh about it. Of late Aussie bowlers have been eating humble pie after getting into forgettable incidents like these. Usually when a player gets into problems like these, the captain intervenes and tries to calm things down. Here Kohli seemed to pour more oil into the fire which was not surprising. The effect was evident, Mumbai just took control of their innings completely from that point.

  • POSTED BY ankur_mehra on | May 6, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    The footballer Pollard has been missed here. That moment indeed deserves a place here.

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | May 6, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Mitchell Starc was wrong in this situation. Bowling a bouncer and saying a few words to the batsman is fine. When the batsman pulls out, as frustrated as you are (even though you riled him up by saying some words to him), you can NOT throw the ball at his body anyways. Who wouldn't get mad if a hard cricket ball is thrown at their body for no reason? In the end, the anger consumed Pollard in the last over. He wasn't hitting Starc well and when there was clearly 2 runs for Sharm at one point, Pollard only took one so he could "face" Starc. Rohit Sharma had good captaincy by running Pollard out, because at the time Pollard was more focused on revenge and less focused on what was best for the team

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    its not the mistake of pollard.in that pressure it is common to have some irritation and finally bad cricket from starc

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Starc and Pollard should be both reprimanded, but Starc's punishment should be more as he was the clear instigator. These kind of nonesense should not be allowed in cricket. I applaud Pollard, however, to stand up the Aussie bullies.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 6, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    bad behavior by both pollard and starc. both should be banned from IPL for at least three matches. sad to see the end of sportsmanship in cricket. aussies and windies never like each other but it's an entertaining IPL why to make it bad.

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  • POSTED BY asiaciarra on | May 7, 2014, 19:20 GMT

    A batsman pulling out as a form of tit-for-tat is not uncommon, also, bowlers have picked up the ball in their follow through and thrown back at the stumps "aggressively"...again not new. The bat slipped, no one can argue otherwise, no intention to deliver the blow, it was heated and they both lost it.

    The penalty was a good enough statement, why this pontification about not good for the game etc...if the bat did not fall off Pollard hand...this incident would not have gotten so much attention.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 18:23 GMT

    why is everyone bashing pollard..starc had plenty time to pull out of the delivery stride..just another australian wanna be bully.he is lucky he wasnt back in viv's time.he surely would have received more than the bat thrown...tell him trythrowing theball at his teammate chris gayle in the nets an see what happens..

  • POSTED BY Princepurple1979 on | May 7, 2014, 11:32 GMT

    Pollard better pray that he doesn't have to get to face the aussie quicks in a test match soon. Its another thing hitting all these bowlers for a six in IPL. But that is not going to be the case in a test match. Imagine Johnson, Starc & Co. bouncing away Pollard on a perth wicket!! But have to say that from Munaf patel & Bhajji to Bumrah & Pollard, MI has been the worst behaving team in IPL history! They really need a Dravid / Dhoni to gain some sportsmanship..

  • POSTED BY DaisonGarvasis on | May 7, 2014, 8:37 GMT

    Pollard does it more often doesnt he? He runs in to bowl, complete the bowling action without releasing the ball too often. And yesterday, there was no movement at the side screen, the bowler was about to deliver and he pulls away? Well, bowler was in his stride and decided to bowl anyway. These days batsmen move around in the crease too often and what the bowler do is follow the batsman. Thats all he did. Pollard had no business pulling away just as Starc had no business mouthing off after the bouncer.

  • POSTED BY kurups on | May 7, 2014, 7:51 GMT

    Hey guys...this is awesome for cricket. a bit of exchange between players is not only just fun, but also an essential ingredient for the spectator's thrill. Stop talking as loss of gamesmanship etc.! Pollard & Starc should not be fined (in my view). This sheer intensity between two exceptional players is real fun to watch. But it is so wrong to walk away at the end of a fast bowler's run up, considering the effort they put in to fast bowl each ball!

  • POSTED BY RagTagTeam on | May 7, 2014, 7:35 GMT

    Why are people concerned by bouncers? Fair enough that on the tempers on the field should be controlled, but bouncers are a key part of cricket. If you had ever faced a fast bowler who can actually get it above your waist you'd know what I mean. Terrifying and difficult to play, but when you get it away...

  • POSTED BY electric_loco_WAP4 on | May 7, 2014, 7:11 GMT

    Pollard really needs a good look in by match ref. Hope he does so and deal with appropriately. Starc too showing his immaturity. Being such a talent with his immense skills he has it in him to be a great. Has been brilliant as Bangalore's spearhead as well. Don't u'stand why while in middle of a fine spell he needs to get carried away with inane chatter with batsmen. Shoud stick to getting back to mark for next ball,1q thing he's good @. He's certainly not good in some too. As we saew yesterday. Lessons..

  • POSTED BY Shaggy076 on | May 7, 2014, 7:06 GMT

    Fast bowling is very strenuous on the body, I know as my 85kph thunderbolts take a lot out of me, imagine getting that speed closer to 150kph. There should be a point of no return for batsman who without legitimate reason to back away should be able to be dismissed. Pollard was doing it to be a prat to get back at Starc for the bouncer, and in my opinion lucky Starc didn't bowl a bouncer at his body and got of light.

  • POSTED BY D-Coach on | May 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    Finally one thing seems to be visible is that there is more than cricket going between WI and Aus. Someone needs to calm down things since Falkuner expressive speech. Expecting some heavy penalty for MI and Pollard with Stark. One of the ugly seen with in 22 yards.

  • POSTED BY switchmitch on | May 7, 2014, 7:00 GMT

    As long as sledging, riling, etc, are glorified and portrayed as "gamesmanship", incidents like these are bound to happen. It won't be long before someone tries to settle the matter physically on the field. Everything, everyone associated with this incident is completely wrong and deserves big ban:

    Staarc : For starting the nonsense and intentionally bowling at Pollard's body. Pollard: For trying to play the one-upmanship card, when he pulled out. Umpires: For not taking charge and being utterly incompetent. Kohli: For coming to the defense of his bowler, who deliberately tried to hurt Pollard. Rohit: For being a mere spectator and not making any attempt to pacify anyone, inspite of being the Captain.

    Atavistic. They might as well build a ring on the pitch and invite all teams for a no holds barred fight. Forget about Bat and Ball skills.

  • POSTED BY Nadeem1976 on | May 6, 2014, 18:48 GMT

    bad behavior by both pollard and starc. both should be banned from IPL for at least three matches. sad to see the end of sportsmanship in cricket. aussies and windies never like each other but it's an entertaining IPL why to make it bad.

  • POSTED BY on | May 6, 2014, 19:09 GMT

    Starc and Pollard should be both reprimanded, but Starc's punishment should be more as he was the clear instigator. These kind of nonesense should not be allowed in cricket. I applaud Pollard, however, to stand up the Aussie bullies.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 6, 2014, 19:35 GMT

    its not the mistake of pollard.in that pressure it is common to have some irritation and finally bad cricket from starc

  • POSTED BY Mannix16 on | May 6, 2014, 20:17 GMT

    Mitchell Starc was wrong in this situation. Bowling a bouncer and saying a few words to the batsman is fine. When the batsman pulls out, as frustrated as you are (even though you riled him up by saying some words to him), you can NOT throw the ball at his body anyways. Who wouldn't get mad if a hard cricket ball is thrown at their body for no reason? In the end, the anger consumed Pollard in the last over. He wasn't hitting Starc well and when there was clearly 2 runs for Sharm at one point, Pollard only took one so he could "face" Starc. Rohit Sharma had good captaincy by running Pollard out, because at the time Pollard was more focused on revenge and less focused on what was best for the team

  • POSTED BY ankur_mehra on | May 6, 2014, 20:28 GMT

    The footballer Pollard has been missed here. That moment indeed deserves a place here.

  • POSTED BY Bernoulli on | May 6, 2014, 23:05 GMT

    I have seen many sledging incidents but the Starc-Pollard one was ugly. There was nothing to laugh about it. Of late Aussie bowlers have been eating humble pie after getting into forgettable incidents like these. Usually when a player gets into problems like these, the captain intervenes and tries to calm things down. Here Kohli seemed to pour more oil into the fire which was not surprising. The effect was evident, Mumbai just took control of their innings completely from that point.

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 0:04 GMT

    look at Polly's reaction to the words of Starc , he said go back and bowl nah , i true gamesmanship he walked away when Starc ran in , early enough for Starc to abort the delivery but he CHOSE to deliver the ball way outside the pitch in the direction where Polly stood yet people talking about Polly and little about Starc

  • POSTED BY on | May 7, 2014, 2:15 GMT

    Don't think Pollard lost it as suggested .I think he kept it in quite well...given the provocation by Starc.. who follows a batsman who has pulled out early and going to square leg ??.... Think Starc was the one that lost it !

  • POSTED BY espncricinfomobile on | May 7, 2014, 2:27 GMT

    Who says arrogance is only restricted to the Aussies.

  • POSTED BY android_user on | May 7, 2014, 2:34 GMT

    come on polly hit more sixers....that will hurt more...

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

The Pollard-Starc showdown

Abhishek Purohit
Plays of the day from the match between Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Mumbai
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Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc went after each other
Kieron Pollard and Mitchell Starc went after each other © BCCI

The confrontation
This one had been building up. Kieron Pollard had already had had a minor run-in with Chris Gayle, when he stood outside his crease and dared the latter to run him out. Matters were to get much worse in the 17th over. Mitchell Starc pinged in a bouncer at Pollard, who missed an attempted hook and just avoided getting hit. The fast bowler had a few words to say; Pollard's response was to wave him away. More gamesmanship lay in wait as he pulled away just as Starc was about to deliver the next ball.

Incensed, Starc bowled anyway, following him and angling it in past the batsman. Pollard lost it now, and threatened to throw his bat at Starc. One wasn't sure whether he was merely feigning or if the bat got stuck in his hands too long for he threw it down close to himself. Starc had the satisfaction of running Pollard out, but before that, he teased the hopelessly stranded batsman to come back before contemptuously swatting the bail off. During the innings break, Starc said there seemed to be something between the Australian players and Pollard but added that throwing the bat was not on. The saga continued in the second half when Starc was greeted by a bouncer from Pollard, who eventually caught him at cover in the next over.

The scoop
Before all this drama, Pollard was quiet for a while as he and Rohit Sharma steadied the innings following some quick wickets. With the legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal bowling, Pollard bent on a knee, stuck his bat perpendicularly forward and scooped one on the stumps straight back over the wicketkeeper. Despite Pollard's labour, it should not have been more than a single, but Ashok Dinda, who was having a horror day on the field, let it slip past for four.

The old one-two
Chahal's first ball to Corey Anderson was a loopy delivery that was carted over the long-on boundary. The bowler took the blow and tossed another one up, a bit wider this time. Anderson took the bait and had another wallop. This one did not turn in, though, and Virat Kohli came in from long-on and settled beneath the skier.

The mauling
Young Pawan Suyal was drafted in for the injured Zaheer Khan, and was given the new ball with Gayle facing. Only a single came off the full toss he sent down, but Suyal's luck was to run out in his second over. Gayle faced four legitimate deliveries in that over. He lofted two over the long-off boundary, and swatted the other two to the deep-midwicket rope as the over went for 28, the costliest of the season so far. Suyal was to resurface later, with the big wicket of Kohli.

The comeback
In the midst of his troubles, Dinda had something to smile about. He had a terrible start to his second over. A bouncer flew over the keeper for five wides, a wide down the leg side followed, and the first legitimate ball of the over was pulled for six by CM Gautam. Dinda managed to get in a few dots and hit back by slipping in an incoming delivery that sneaked through to bowl Ambati Rayudu.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo