IPL 10: Kieron Pollard leads MI to emphatic 4-wicket win over RCB
Bengaluru: A terrific hat-trick by Samuel Badree went in vain as Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya added crucial 93 runs for the sixth wicket to elevate a struggling Mumbai Indians (MI) from 33/5 to a memorable 4-wicket win with 7 balls remaining over Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at the M Chinnaswamy ground here on Friday.
Pollard played a brilliant 70-run inning off 47 balls, hitting 3 fours and 5 sixes, which mentored MI through to the target of 143 runs. Krunal efficiently played the role of a pressure buster as he held on the other end during his unbeaten inning of 32 runs (28 balls).
Hardik Pandya once again finished off the proceedings by hitting a huge six. He scored 9 runs off 4 balls.
RCB bowlers fought really hard on the back of a splendid four-over spell by Samuel Badree, who not only bagged 4 wickets but also went for just 9 runs. Apart from getting the first hat-trick of the tenth season of Indian Premier League (IPL), he also bowled a maiden over in his spell.
Stuart Binny (1/14, 2 overs) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1/31, 3 overs) also bagged one wicket each, while Pawan Negi turned out to be extremely expensive spending 28 runs off his 2 overs.
Srinath Aravind also bowled a fine wicket-less four-over spell in which he conceded 21 runs. Badree, in his hat-trick, got the wickets of Parthiv Patel (3), Mitchell McClenaghan (0) and MI captain Rohit Sharma (0). He later also took the wicket of Nitish Rana, who was looking good in his 11-run inning.
Earlier, after being put in to bat first, RCB posted a mediocre total of 142/5 riding on the back of a fine half-century by skipper Virat Kohli, who scored 62 runs off 47 balls, hitting 5 fours and 2 sixes.
McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers as he got two wickets while Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya managed one scalp each.
Kieron Pollard was also named man of the match for his outstanding performance.
With this 4-wicket win, Mumbai Indians has reached right on top of the IPL 10 points table, while Royal Challengers Bangalore has dropped to the sixth position.