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1637 Runs scored by Rohit Sharma in the IPL. He is now the third-highest run-getter in the IPL after Suresh Raina (1832) and Sachin Tendulkar (1739).
197 for six by Mumbai Indians is the highest total posted by any team in IPL 2012. This surpasses the previous best of 193 by Chennai Super Kings against Deccan Chargers at Visakhapatnam on April 7.
96 Runs added by Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard for the fourth wicket – the best ever partnership for any wicket in IPL 2012 – the previous best was 81 for the third wicket between Marlon Samuels and Robin Uthappa for Pune Warriors India against Kings XI Punjab at Pune on April 8.
64 Kieron Pollard made his first fifty in the IPL on his 34th appearance. His previous best was 45* against Delhi Daredevils at Mumbai in 2010.
22 Number of sixes hit in the match (12 by Mumbai Indians and 10 by Rajasthan Royals) the – most in a match in IPL 2012.
10 Number of wickets taken by Munaf Patel in IPL 2012 – the most by any bowler.
8 Number of 50s scored in IPL 2012 – three of them have been scored by Mumbai Indians batsmen.
5 Sixes hit by Owais Shah. He equalled the record for most sixes in an innings by a player in IPL 2012 set by Chennai Super Kings’ Dwayne Bravo and Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma – both against Deccan Chargers.
3 Number of players to have performed the all-round feat of scoring a fifty and taking four wickets in the same match. Pollard joined Paul Valthaty and Yuvraj Singh in doing so.
3 Number of four-wicket hauls taken by Munaf Patel in the IPL. He equalled Anil Kumble and L Balaji’s record of most four-wicket hauls in the IPL.
2 Harbhajan Singh was playing his 50th IPL match. He became only the second player, after Sachin Tendulkar (52), to have played 50 or matches exclusively for Mumbai Indians. 2 Munaf Patel became the first bowler to take two four-wicket hauls in IPL 2012. He had taken four for 20 against Deccan Chargers at Visakhapatnam on April 9.
1 The match provided the first instance in IPL history of two bowlers (Munaf Patel and Kieron Pollard) from the same side taking four wickets each in the same match.
RR all-rounder keen to kick his IPL 2012 campaign into high gear
By Hoshedar N. Gundevia
Mumbai 12 April 2012
The Rajasthan Royals have made the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur a fortress that’s not easily breached by the opposition. However, their away form has been a cause for concern and that was evident on Wednesday after the Mumbai Indians beat them at the Wankhede Stadium.
RR off-spinner Johan Botha had a day to forget after conceding 22 runs in the solitary over he bowled and scoring just two runs with the bat. His performance left a lot to be desired, but the gritty Protea is keen to make amends and kick his season into high gear as soon as possible. The 31-year-old spoke exclusively to iplt20.com after his team’s 27-run defeat at the hands of the Mumbai Indians.
How is IPL 2012 going for you so far?
Personally [it’s] not the start I would have liked. I would say I have started a bit slow. There are 13 more matches to go, and it’s a long tournament. Like Warnie [Shane Warne] always used to say, you are only as good as your next match, so shape up in the good for your team. How much influence does Shane Warne have on this side?
Not too much. He doesn’t really stay in contact. But guys do remember what he taught us or told us in four years [that he led the franchise], and we use it. How will you guys deal with the first loss of the season?
In such along tournament [that] you are going to lose matches. But your luck is as good as your next game. Hopefully, we can bounce back pretty quickly. We have got a tough trip here, Kolkata and then Bangalore; two of the strongest teams in the IPL. If we can win those games, we would have had a great trip. We have upbeat and positive characters [in our team] and that will keep boys going. What do you make of Kieron Pollard’s innings?
He is a very good T20 player. He has got the power. When it’s his day, he gets going and it’s hard to stop him. It was his day today, and [he] backed it well with four wickets towards the end, which slowed us down and we couldn’t quite get there.
MI have a lot of big name players and RR do not. What are your thoughts on that?
One of their big name players [Pollard] today put in a great performance of 50 off 20-odd balls and [took] four wickets. That’s massive, and when you have guys like that in the team [it] is great. Indian guys really enjoy international guys in the team and love to learn from us. We have got a great team spirit. Spinners have dominated in the last four seasons and pacers are dominating this season. What’s the reason behind that?
I am not quite sure on that. Seamers have got a lot more variations – like slower ball, bouncers, and good lengths – than spinners. As the tournament goes on, wickets will start spinning a bit more, and spinners might get some overs back.
Were you guys confident about Owais Shah winning it for RR?
Yeah, definitely. Owais played one of the better knocks in T20s you would see. He kept us right in the game in a tough chase. 190 was never going to be easy, and he made it look so easy. It was a massive positive for us in the game. It will be great if we could help him out in a couple of games and win them. Is skipper Rahul Dravid more focused on boosting team spirit?
I wouldn’t say ‘more’. I think Warnie was always big on team spirit, so I think we are just going to continue on that. We don’t have big name players, so we got to play together. Tonight we were not far off, if we could have finished it better there. In the past we might have fallen way short [of the target]. That shows the character of the team in 2012.