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Rayudu-Pollard show stuns RCB at M Chinnaswamy Stadium
By IPL desk
Mumbai 14 May 2012
The Mumbai Indians battled rain, a malfunctioning light tower and the ever-probing Royal Challengers Bangalore to emerge victorious at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium. Ambati Rayudu (81*) and Kieron Pollard (52*) completed a stellar comeback for MI to register a five-wicket win. As a result of this victory, the Mumbai franchise now has 18 points from 14 games, and is placed second in league standings at the moment.
MI needed 172 for the win, but RCB came out in the second half with renewed enthusiasm and purpose. Sachin Tendulkar was the first to go without troubling the scorers after he smashed one straight to Virat Kohli off Zaheer Khan. Herschelle Gibbs (2) was looking good, but decided to go for a third run too late and only managed to get himself run-out. At two wickets down with just four runs on the board, MI needed to settle down. In Rohit Sharma (5) they had an in-form class player, but Vinay Kumar ensured he wouldn’t make a telling impact on this match after collecting a simple return catch in the 4th over.
Dinesh Karthik stroked three boundaries and seemed destined for more, but Muttiah Muralitharan had other ideas. The wily spinner dismissed the MI wicketkeeper-batsman in his very first over to reduce the away side to 44 for four. The Royal Challengers were on top, and it only got better for them after Harshal Patel dismissed the dangerous Dwayne Smith (6).
However, Ambati Rayudu (81*) and Kieron Pollard breathed life into the MI chase with their aggressive intent. The duo’s battling display took the game to the last over. With 14 required off the last six deliveries, Pollard (52*) powered MI home with two balls to spare, giving MI a brilliant five-wicket win.
Earlier, on a gloomy evening in Bengaluru, Harbhajan Singh won the toss and decided to field first. After a rain delay, MI drew first blood in the form of Chris Gayle’s (6) wicket. The in-form Jamaican edged a Munaf Patel delivery on to his stumps to give the away side the early advantage. RCB needed Virat Kohli (3) to fire, but the skipper was run out after some brilliant work in the field from Herschelle Gibbs. At 11 for two, RCB were under immense pressure to get some runs on the board. But there was no respite as Saurabh Tiwary (21) went too deep into his crease and somehow managed to hit the stumps with his back leg. With the top order in tatters, AB de Villiers (14) was the key to RCB’s fortunes. But Kieron Pollard accounted for the dangerous Protea after he drove uppishly into the hands of Lasith Malinga.
It just wasn’t going to plan for the home side, but with Tillakaratne Dilshan still at the crease, they were not out of it just yet. The Sri Lankan, along with Mayank Agarwal (64), brought some sanity to proceedings with their 46-run partnership. However, RP Singh came back into the attack and broke the threatening partnership by knocking over Dilshan’s (47) stumps. At 133 for five with just 15 balls remaining, RCB were stuttering to a modest total. But Agarwal’s big-hitting at the end ensured that RCB ended up with a commanding 171 for six in 20 overs.
Scorecard Man-of-the-match: Ambati Rayudu for his match-winning 54-ball 81* that included six fours and four sixes
Gurkeerat, Hussey clinch nail-biting four-wicket win for Kings XI Punjab
By IPL desk
Mumbai 14 May 2012
Gurkeerat Singh (29* off 12 balls) and David Hussey (65* off 35 balls) made sure that Kings XI Punjab’s chances of making it to the DLF IPL 2012 playoffs remained alive. Their blustery 45-run stand off just 20 deliveries helped their team secure a last-ball win against the Deccan Chargers. With Hussey laying the foundation for the run-chase, Gurkeerat’s feisty strokeplay in the end, helped the hosts past DC’s score of 190.
Earlier, after winning the toss and opting to bat first, it was the usual pair of Shikhar Dhawan andCameron White that powered the Deccan Chargers to their mammoth score of 190. Dhawan opened the batting with Parthiv Patel, and the two batsmen gave the visitors a decent start as they brought up a 47-run stand, before Patel (18) fell to Azhar Mahmood off the last ball of the sixth over. Skipper Kumar Sangakkara’s (1) ordinary run with the bat continued as he was dismissed by Parvinder Awana in the very next over to leave DC stuttering at 49 for two at the end of seven overs.
Dhawan and White set about the task of rebuilding the DC innings step-by-step. The two batsmen took the Chargers past the 100-run mark in the 12th over with Dhawan bringing up his fifth half-century of the competition in the same over. Dhawan (71 off 50 balls) eventually fell to Praveen Kumar when he was caught by Awana at third man; but not before he had shared a 96-run stand with White that took DC to 145 for three at the end of 17 overs.
White and Daniel Christian then clobbered the Kings XI Punjab attack for 45 runs off the last three overs to take the visitors to 190 for the loss of four wickets in 20 overs. White remained unbeaten on 67 (off just 41 balls) while Christian (24 off 10 balls) fell to Azhar Mahmood off the penultimate ball of the DC innings.
Needing 191 to keep their playoff aspirations alive, the hosts had a terrible start as Dan Christian sent opener Nitin Saini (3) and No.3 batsman Shaun Marsh (11) back to the dugout with the KXIP score at 26. Mandeep Singh made a brisk 28 off 20 balls, but fell to Manpreet Gony when he mistimed a pull shot off the pacer only to be caught at midwicket. KXIP were 56 for three in 7.2 overs at the fall of Mandeep’s wicket.
Despite those early wickets, the hosts made a comeback through some effective partnerships. Azhar Mahmood (31 off 20 balls) and David Hussey struck a 44-run stand for the fourth wicket in just five overs before the former was stumped by Parthiv Patel off Amit Mishra’s bowling in the 13th over. Hussey then added 41 for the fifth wicket along with Siddharth Chitnis in quick time as the Kings XI captain smashed Mishra for two sixes and a four in the 15th over.
Dale Steyn, making his comeback for the Chargers in this game, struck twice in the 17th over to bring the game back in his team’s favour. The pacer removed Chitnis (11) and Piyush Chawla (8) in the space of three deliveries. At that point, the hosts required 41 runs off the last 18 balls.
It was then that Gurkeerat Singh (29 off 12 balls) stepped up big time for Kings XI Punjab. After hitting a boundary each off Dan Christian and Steyn in the 18th and 19th overs respectively, Gurkeerat hit Manpreet Gony for 19 runs off the last over, including a four off the last ball, to take the hosts home with four wickets to spare.