Mumbai Indians (MI) grabbed their third consecutive win in the 10th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL), beating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 4 wickets in match 12. Kieron Pollard was awarded with the Man of the Match for his 70-run heroic after his team stuttered at 7 for 4, in the pursuit of 143, at one stage. He also became the first player to complete 7,000 runs in T20 cricket without scoring a hundred. Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli made a comeback after he sustained an injury during the third Test of Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2016-17. That and other top moments in our today’s highlights. Full Cricket Scorecard, RCB vs MI, Match 12
The one-man, fallible RCB army: RCB often fail to play well as cohesive unit. If one performs, the other 10 fail. That was the case in both the innings. First, Kohli scored a resolute 62 off 47 to lay a solid foundation. Meanwhile, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, and Kedar Jadhav combined to add 50 off 54 balls. The middle order comprising of Pawan Negi, Mandeep Singh and Stuart Binny managed as many as 19 which put MI ahead in the race. Come to think of it, Kohli and extras scored more than 50 per cent of the match.
In the second innings, leg-spinner Samuel Badree became the seventh West Indian to take a hat-trick. In the third over, Badree dismissed the likes of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan, and Rohit Sharma. He ended with figures of 4 for 9. Barring him and Sreenath Aravind, none of the bowlers could contain below 7 RPO.
ABD – Krunal’s bunny: De Villiers and Krunal Pandya have played against each other in only three matches and, on all the occasions, Krunal got the better of ABD.
Pollard’s ‘Champion’ performance: The game was as good as over when MI were reduced to 7 for 4. With another 136 needed, the chances of MI winning the match looked bleak. But Pollard proved a point that he can bat in any given situation and display patience in the time of need. He bludgeoned 70 off 47 inclusive of 3 fours and 5 sixes.
Along with Krunal, he added 93 runs for the sixth wicket after Badree wrecked havoc with his hat-trick.
MI maintain superiority at Chinnaswamy: MI now have won seven of eight games at M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.
The Pandya brothers: Krunal and Hardik took a wicket apiece — Gayle and ABD. In the second innings, Krunal scored an unbeaten 37 while little brother Hardik finished things off in style with a six.