Badree heroics in vain as Pollard takes Mumbai home

Samuel Badree’s hat-trick was not enough for Royal Challengers Bangalore as Kieran Pollard notched up a match-winning 70 to see Mumbai Indians home and pulled off a sensational victory at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore on Friday (April 14).

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West Indiean spinner Badree removed opener Parthiv Patel, pinch-hitter Mitchell McCleneghan and opposition captain Rohit Sharma in the third over of the entertaining pursuit to clinch Bangalore’s first IPL hat-trick, the tournament’s 15th overall – and the 11th by a spin bowler.

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Reduced to seven for four – and later 33 for five – in the face of a modest 143-run target, Mumbai leaned on the cool, calm and collected Kieron Pollard for restoration.

The lanky right-hander smashed a masterful 70 from 47 balls to answer the call of the moment, and was well accompanied by local hero Krunal Pandya (37 not out) during a 93-run stand inside 10 overs. In the end, the visitors picked upup triumph with seven deliveries to spare.

Earlier in the match after coming to bat, Virat Kohli smashed his 29th IPL fifty and in the process became the highest scorer of IPL history by leaving behind Suresh Raina. Kohli made 62 runs off 47 balls, but no other batsman from his side could step up, and as a result his team was restricted to a moderate total of 142 for five.

Brief Scores : Royal Challengers Bangalore 142/5 in 20 overs (Virat Kohli 62; Mitchell McClenaghan 2-20) lost to Mumbai Indians 145/6 in 18.5 overs (Kieron Pollard 70, Krunal Pandya 37*; Samuel Badree 4-9) by four wickets.

– Jannatul Naym Pieal, Correspondent,

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