72dThe Report by Karthik Krishnaswamy

Pollard fifty overcomes Badree hat-trick

Kieron Pollard's 47-ball 70 hauled Mumbai Indians to a six-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore, for whom a Samuel Badree hat-trick wasn't enough to defend 142

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

KA Pollard
70(47) 3x4 - 5x6
Control %69%
  • Productive Shot
  • off drive
  • 20 runs
  • 0x4 - 3x6
4 0 10 0 7 26 13 10
V Kohli
62(47) 5x4 - 2x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 16 runs
  • 1x4 - 0x6
11 0 1 4 8 7 14 17

Best performances - Bowlers

S Badree
O4
M1
R9
W4
Eco2.25
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W
1W
1W
MJ McClenaghan
O4
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Match Details

Toss

Mumbai Indians , elected to field first

Player Of The Match

Season

Hours of play (local time)

16.00 start, First Session 16.00-17.30, Interval 17.30-17.50, Second Session 17.50-19.20

Match days

14 April 2017 - day/night match (20-over match)

Reserve Umpire

Match Referee

Points

Mumbai Indians 2, Royal Challengers Bangalore 0

Commentator: Varun Shetty

7.50pm Thanks for joining us for this game. We're bringing you the second of the double-header too, of course. That's Gujarat Lions against Rising Pune. Jadeja is back for them. Head over to that game. Good night!

Pollard: Pollard: I just thought these are situations when champions are made. I thought of that and struck to my strength, hit it down the ground. Krunal came in and showed his maturity too. It was a matter of watching what their bowlers. We decided that if we get a six or four off every spinner's over, we will get close if we keep it ticking and not play any dot balls. Personally I've never felt out of form. I've been hitting it well in the nets and these are the times you've to dig in. At the moment, the momentum is with us.

Kieron Pollard is the Man of the Match.

Rohit: It was a great effort with the bat. We always had the belief. We've always had guys pull things out in those situations, to show character. Pollard and Krunal did exactly that. We executed perfectly with the ball in the Powerplays and we bowled to their weaknesses. It was a collective performance. All the bowlers complemented each other. It made my job easy.

7.32pm Phew, what a game. The home team wanted to chase on this pitch, and we've understood why. Barring the opening half of their innings, they were completely done in by both Mumbai and this dry pitch. 142 nowhere near enough, and no boundaries off the last 32 balls nowhere near acceptable.
But for a brief period, Badree masked everything frail about RCB and produced the sort of magic you don't come back from. Not unless you're Pollard. A crucial innings for him, and he came through for them. Not the first time he's done it against RCB, and not even the first time at this venue. But the cheeky ones among us will know why this intelligent innings will be among his favourite. Krunal chipped in as well, as he's wont to do this season. A good win, but, like Badree, is this just a cover-up of other weaknesses? We'll see. For now, three wins out of four for Mumbai. And the first time a team has won after losing four wickets for less than 10 - in IPL history.

18.5
6
Mills to HH Pandya, SIX runs, slower ball, overpitched at off stump, stays deep in the crease, gets under it and launches this cleanly over the long-on boundary to bring up a fabulous comeback victory
18.4
0
Mills to HH Pandya, no run, back of a length at middle stump, pushed off the back foot to midwicket
18.4
1w
Mills to HH Pandya, 1 wide, good length, starts at leg stump, angles down even further from around the wicket. Jadhav with the dive to limit the damage
18.3
0
Mills to HH Pandya, no run, slower short ball outside off stump, looks to dab this through third man, beaten
18.2
1
Mills to KH Pandya, 1 run, slower bouncer at middle stump, backs away to pull and pushes awkwardly to long leg with an angled bat
18.1
4
Mills to KH Pandya, FOUR runs, short ball at middle stump, shift his weight back and across and hooks uppishly towards the square leg boundary. Chahal gets across and dives to try and keep it in, but slides on top of the ball in his follow through. He's holding on to his waist in pain, but is back up and running

Dead end

0

Royal Challengers didn't hit a single boundary off their last 32 balls

Krunal's bunny

3-17

Krunal Pandya's figures against AB de Villiers in the IPL, off 21 balls