Pollard powers Mumbai to win

2013-05-13 21:06
Kieron Pollard (File)
Mumbai - The Mumbai Indians beat the Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in their IPL clash in Mumbai thanks to some extraordinary hitting from Kieron Pollard as the hosts chased down 179 with three balls remaining.

The victory sent Mumbai to the top of the IPL table, knocking Chennai off their perch as Pollard powered his way to 66 off 27 balls, a knock which included eight sixes and two fours, as the Sunrisers snatched defeat from the jaws of victory thanks to one horrific over from Thisara Perera.

After being made to bowl first, Mumbai looked a bit shaky and their chase got off to an equally unsettled start with Dwayne Smith being dismissed in the fourth over for 21 of 17.

Ishant Sharma picked up the wicket early with the batsman going after a good length ball, but Sharma managed to get just enough movement to have it nip back into the stumps.

Sachin Tendulkar was looking steady alongside Dinesh Karthik, but the Mumbai opener had to retire hurt with cramps in his arm after adding 38 off 31.

Mumbai were still going steadily and at 94-1 after 11.4, they had to step up the pace just a little.

Karthik, however, failed to deliver and was sent on his way by Karan Sharma for 30 off 23, getting a leading edge to extra cover.

Ambati Rayudu followed soon after, as Karan Sharma struck yet again with Parthiv Patel reacting quickly behind the stumps as the batsman came charging out of his crease. At 99-3 after 13.2, Mumbai looked in trouble.

Rohit Sharma and Pollard were out in the middle and didn’t really show any urgency and it wasn't until the 17th over when things all went awry for the visitors.

Mumbai needed 62 off 24 with seven wickets in hand and it was only then that Pollard opened arms as Thisara Perera was taken to the cleaners, with 29 runs coming off his over as Pollard smashed three consecutive sixes.

Hyderabad needed to contain the West Indian, but there was no stopping him and Amit Mishra also copped a beating with Pollard whacking three sixes off him and the equation had diminished to the Sunrisers needing just 12 off 12.

Steyn did what he could in the penultimate over, conceding just five runs and finishing with figures of 4-0-23-0, but his efforts weren't enough to spare Hyderabad their blushes.

The visitors opted for Perera to complete the final over and Pollard didn’t need a second invitation. He wrapped the match up with two sixes to seal victory for Mumbai which ensures their unbeaten home record remains firmly intact.

Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan powered his way to 59 off 41 balls to help set the foundation for what seemed like a competitive total for Hyderabad.

Lasith Malinga got the early breakthrough as Parthiv Patel tried to pull, but a mistimed shot landed safely in the hands of the man of deep square leg. Dhawan continued his charge before he fell victim to Mitchell Johnson.

The Australian endured a torrid first over, going for 19 runs first up, but he pulled it back and got rid of Dhawan with a slower ball and with the batsman mistiming his drive, Dinesh Karthik took a straightforward catch behind the stumps.

The visitors were still in a good position at 111-2 after 12.5 overs, though, and Hanuma Vihari took advantage of the foundation set earlier on as he hammered 41 off 37 before he became Malinga’s second victim.

Malinga foxed the batsman with a slower ball which he tried to flat-bat over mid-off, but failed to get enough leverage and Johnson took a good catch running back to halt the visitors' momentum slightly.

With the scorecard at 166-3 after 18.3, things were looking positive for Hyderabad, and skipper Cameron White and Thisara Perera were tasked with optimising the total in the remaining nine balls.

Mumbai's bowlers, however, kept a lid on things with Malinga conceding just three off his final deliveries and Dhawal Kulkarni going well until White managed to launch him for a six over deep extra cover, and make it 33 runs off the last four overs.


Mumbai Indians: DR Smith, SR Tendulkar, KD Karthik (wk), RG Sharma (captain), KA Pollard, AT Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, MG Johnson, DS Kulkarni, SL Malinga, PP Ojha

Sunrisers Hyderabad: PA Patel (wk), S Dhawan, GH Vihari, CL White (captain), NLTC Perera, DJG Sammy, BB Samantray, KV Sharma, A Mishra, DW Steyn, I Sharma

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