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122 Runs added by Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard for the sixth wicket without being separated – the highest sixth wicket partnership in all Twenty20s. Interestingly, the previous highest sixth wicket partnership had also come in an IPL game; David Hussey and Wridhiman Saha had added 104 runs for the Kolkata Knight Riders against Kings XI Punjab at Mohali in IPL 2008.
100 Percent – Mumbai Indians’ record at Bangalore in the IPL. They have four wins in four games! 54 Runs conceded by Munaf Patel. Only one bowler – Rajasthan Royals’ Amit Singh – has conceded more (55) runs in a match in IPL 2012. Two other bowlers – MS Gony and Ashish Nehra – also conceded 54 runs. Interestingly, Munaf conceded only 10 runs in his first two overs and 44 in next two!
19 Number of sixes conceded by Munaf Patel in IPL 2012 – the most by any bowler. He overtook Amit Mishra’s tally of 17 sixes.
18 Number of times sides batting second have chased down a target in the last over of a match in IPL 2012. The Mumbai Indians have done so more than any other side – four times.
10 Balls bowled by Munaf in his third over (fifth over of the innings) including three no-balls and one wide. This was the sixth instance when a 10-ball over was bowled in the IPL and second such instance in IPL 2012. Kings XI Punjab’s Parvinder Awana was the first one to do so against the Mumbai Indians on April 22. 5 Sourabh Tiwary became the fifth player after Musavir Khote, Misbah ul Haq, Swapnil Asnodkar and Ravindra Jadeja to be dismissed hit-wicket in the IPL. 1 Sachin Tendulkar registered his first golden duck in the IPL – overall, his third duck. The other two were third-ball ducks.
The win was possible because of a nerve-racking, unbeaten 122-run partnership between Ambati Rayuduand Kieron Pollard at a run-rate of 11.26. Rayudu dominated the partnership with his first match-winning innings. He finished with an undefeated 81 off 54 balls that included six fours and four sixes.
The Man-of-the-Match was all smiles after the win, which has taken MI a step closer to the playoffs. He took time out to talk to iplt20.com about the match and striking form with the bat at the right time.
What a time to play this knock!
It was an important knock as getting over the line was very important.
When you and Pollard came together, what was the talk between you two?
We were sure that if we bat throughout the 20 overs, we could pull it off. We are happy that we chased the total down.
Talk about your partnership with Pollard.
We both have had lot of experience batting together since the third season [IPL 2010] and we are good friends even off the field.
Do you think the team is peaking at the right time?
I don’t want to comment on that. I am happy that we are getting over the line. MI have played some really close games in this tournament. Did that experience help you handle the pressure in this game?
This season, the other teams have got a lot better and they know each other’s strengths and weaknesses as teams. We have been pushed to the limits and haven’t got anything easy. We are happy to win the games. You couldn’t have picked a better time to strike form.
I am not too sure if we have qualified for the playoffs yet. We would just like to keep it simple and focus on the next game.
What did Sachin Tendulkar tell you when you returned after winning the match?
He had told me during the match that if I bat for 20 overs, I’d win the match. When I returned, he caught hold of me and said, “I had told you so”.
Did your eyes light up when you and Pollard saw Chris Gayle coming in to bowl the final over?
We knew that they will have to bowl a non regular bowler and we were happy to see him bowl. I did not want to take a single off the first ball, but it hit my leg and that was disappointing. I am happy that Pollard finished it off, but I would have loved to finish it off.