A 93-run stand, between Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya, for the sixth wicket helped Mumbai register their third win in the Indian Twenty20 competition, beating Bangalore by fours wickets with seven balls to spare at Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on Friday.
A Bangalore unit buoyed by the return of their Captain, Virat Kohli, managed just 142 in their innings. Mumbai's top order though buckled early, with Jos Buttler falling in the second over and then a Samuel Badree hattrick, the first of the season, reducing the visitors to 4 for 7 by the third over. When Panya and Pollard came together in the eighth over, following the departure of Nitesh Rana, Mumbai was still 112 runs adrift from Bangalore's total. A mounting required rate, of 9.16, left them with little option but to attack.
Pandya led the onslaught and slapped a quicker one from Yuzvendra Chahal for six over long-on in the 10th over. Pollard smashed two fours and a six in the next three overs. The Pollard-Pandya combine reduced the deficit to 52 from 30 balls. Pollard clubbed three more sixes before he finally departed in the 18th over, for a 47-ball 70, which included five sixes and three fours. Krunal remained unbeaten on 37 off 30 balls. The Pollard-Pandya stand yielded 93 run in the 9.3 overs they spent together. Krunal and his brother Hardik Pandya comfortably ended the chase in the 19th over.