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Defending champions Chennai Super Kings once again proved their mettle as they edged Royal Challengers Bangalore in a match that saw more than 400 runs scored. Chasing 206, the CSK batsmen hit 45 runs off the last two overs, including a boundary off the last ball, to deliver a nerve-wracking win for the home team.
The first innings of this match followed a similar pattern to the 2011 IPL final between the two teams. In 2011, CSK were powered to a score of 205 by their top three batsman, with Murali Vijay’s 95 being the highlight of that innings; RCB posted an identical score today, though with Mayank Agarwal,Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli contributing in almost equal measure.
Agarwal was the early aggressor for the visitors as he launched into Ravichandran Ashwin – the offspinner was carted around the MA Chidambaram stadium for 34 runs off his first three overs. Having helped RCB past the 50-run mark in just 4.5 overs, Agarwal (45 off 26) perished in the sixth over when he top-edged an Albie Morkel delivery straight to Dwayne Bravo at mid-on.
Gayle, who had faced just seven deliveries at the end of the sixth over, then took charge of the RCB innings. The West Indies batsman smashed Suresh Raina for three sixes in the ninth over after which he lofted Shadab Jakati over the boundary rope for consecutive DLF maximums in the 14th over.
With the visitors having raced away to 161 for the loss of Agarwal’s wicket at the end of 16 overs, MS Dhoni introduced Ravindra Jadeja into the attack. Dhoni’s gamble worked as Jadeja snared Gayle (68 off 35, 2x4, 6x6) into playing a lofted shot straight into the hands of Bravo standing in the outfield.
Kohli, who was batting on 38 (off 37 balls) at the fall of Gayle’s wicket, provided the final flourish to the RCB innings. The No. 3 batsman plundered 19 off the last nine deliveries faced by him and with R Vinay Kumar (6*) hitting Doug Bollinger’s last ball of the innings for a six, RCB managed to push their score up to 205 despite losing some quick wickets at the end.
Needing more than 10 runs an over to win, CSK pulled off a sensational run chase. Faf du Plessis scored a blustery 46-ball 71 at the top of the order, while MS Dhoni, batting at No. 4, hit 41 off 24, to leave the hosts requiring 43 off the last two overs.
Albie Morkel, coming in to bat at the start of the 19th over, then turned the game decisively in CSK’s favour. Morkel hit Virat Kohli for 4, 6, 4, 6, 2 and 6 to help the defending champions to within 15 runs of the target with the last over still to be bowled. And even though Morkel (28 off seven) was out caught in the deep off the second delivery of the last over, Dwayne Bravo (25* off 15) hit a four and a six while Ravindra Jadeja edged a boundary down to third-man off the last ball to help CSK record a memorable five-wicket win against the visitors.
All-round Pollard hands Rajasthan Royals first loss of IPL 2012
By IPL desk
Mumbai 12 April 2012
Kieron Pollard put up an all-round show as the Mumbai Indians handed the Rajasthan Royals their first loss of DLF IPL 2012 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai today. Pollard scored 64 runs and grabbed four for 44 as the hosts beat the visitors by 27 runs in a high-scoring contest.
Earlier, upon being put into bat by RR captain, Rahul Dravid, MI got off to a quick start despite losing T Suman (10) in the fourth over. Richard Levi’s 22-ball 29 and Rohit Sharma’s 13-ball 21 powered MI to the 50-run mark in just 5.4 overs.
In an effort to stem the flow of runs, Dravid turned to Australian Brad Hogg, who was playing his first game of the competition. Hogg vindicated Dravid’s decision by knocking over Sharma and Levi in successive overs to leave Mumbai stumbling at 68 for three in 8.2 overs.
However, thereafter it was all MI as Ambati Rayudu and Pollard took the visitors’ attack apart. The pair struck a 96-run stand, which saw the home team’s total surge past 150 in the 17th over. During that fourth wicket stand, Pollard hit four sixes, including two in Johan Botha’s only over. The South African conceded as many as 22 runs in that over.
Pollard (64 off 33 balls) eventually perished playing one shot too many when he was caught by Ajinkya Rahane at long-on off left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan’s bowling. Another couple of quick wickets – Dinesh Karthik (0) and James Franklin (2) – threatened to derail the good work done by Pollard and Rayudu. But captain Harbhajan Singh’s unbeaten six-ball 18* (1x4, 2x6) helped MI finish at an imposing score of 197 for six in 20 overs. Rayudu remained unbeaten on 47, while Amit Singh and Hogg picked up two wickets each for the Royals.
Chasing 198 to win, RR started disastrously. Munaf Patel had Rahul Dravid (3) caught at mid-off and Shreevats Goswami (0) edging the ball to wicketkeeper Karthik off consecutive deliveries. This reduced the visitors to seven for two in just the second over.
A feisty 82-run stand in just 9.3 overs between Ajinkya Rahane and Owais Shah ensued, which put the Royals’ innings on course to chase down the set target. And although Rahane (40 off 31, 4x4, 2x6) was caught at long-on off Pollard’s bowling in the 12th over, Shah continued unfettered. The middle-order batsman smashed five sixes and as many fours in a 42-ball innings of 76 to provide RR the perfect opportunity to outgun Mumbai’s total.
With the visitors almost keeping up with the required run-rate at the end of the 14th over, Harbhajan brought Lasith Malinga back into the attack. That proved to be turning point of the game as Malinga knocked over Shah and then dismissed Johan Botha (2) in the space of four deliveries to wreck RR’s run chase.
Kevon Cooper (14) went next when Munaf Patel pegged his off stump back in the 17th over, while Pollard accounted for Ashok Menaria (20), Ankeet Chavan (4) and Amit Singh (0) in four balls in the 18th over. Munaf then bagged his fourth wicket of the match – Brad Hogg (2) – to bring an end to the Royals’ innings at 170 in 19.4 overs.
This win puts MI at the top of the points table while Rajasthan slip to fourth place with their first loss of the competition.
Man-of-the-match: Kieron Pollard for his all-round performance – 64 off 33 balls (6x4, 4x6) and bowling figures of 4-0-44-4