Pandya, Pollard star as Mumbai Indians outclass Royal Challengers Bangalore by 6 wickets

first_imgMumbai Indians’ middle order batsmen Kieron Pollard (35) and Jos Buttler (29) guided the team to a six wicket victory with eight balls to spare, in the 41st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) Season Nine match here at the Chinnaswami Stadium on Wednesday.It was Pollard and Buttler who assuredly played in the crucial moments, producing regular boundaries to earn the victory. (This is how Pollard powered Mumbai to victory over Bangalore)Pollard hit a much needed 19-ball-35 supported by Buttler’s 11-ball-29. The former struck two sixes and three fours while the latter blasted three sixes and a four in the winning effort.The big hitting duo constructed a partnership of 55 runs in 21 balls, and plugged the fall of wickets to seal the win.Rayudu top-scores for MIEarlier, Ambati Rayudu laid the foundation for the victory with a 47-ball-44, which also included a couple of fours and sixes.Opening the chase for MI, captain Rohit Sharma hit a-run-a-ball 24 while his partner Parthiv Patel managed to score only one run. (Photo Gallery)After the fall of Patel, Sharma and Rayudu built a partnership of 58 runs.Requiring a run rate of 7.6 at the beginning of the chase, MI gradually reduced the asking rate to 75 runs in 44 balls, 55 in 30, 44 in 24 and 16 in 13 balls.It made the most of 17th over bowled by Shane Watson to collect 18 runs and another 16 runs in the next over off Chirs Jordan.Buttler seals it with a sixButtler finished the match with a cracking six off Aaron in the 19th over.advertisementRCB bowling department produced mixed results for the team, Stuart Binny 0/2, Sreenath Aravind 1/23 and Yuzvendra Chahal 1/16 proved economical with the ball.Chahal produced a magnificent bowling performanceof with an economy rate of just four. He continues to be a bowling mainstay for the team.While Chirs Jordan, Shane Watson and Aaron leaked runs heavily with a economy rate north of 10 runs.Virat, Gayle fail with the batEarlier, with top Royal Challengers batsmen misfiring, the team could manage a score of only 151/4 in 20 overs.Skipper Virat Kohli (6), Chris Gayle (4), Shane Watson (15) and Abraham De Villiers (24) did not live up to the day and only lone ranger K.L. Rahul saved the day for Royal Challengers with a defiant 53-ball-68, remaining unbeaten.Losing Kohli and Gayle quickly, Royal Challengers lost the momentum to find themselves in a slow paced one-day international kind of situation.Even after six overs, RCB managed to score only 25/2.Despite being dropped in the last IPL match played at Bengaluru, Gayle is consistently continuing his ‘unit score innings streak’. He misfired in the fourth over off Tim Southee to be caught on the long on.Though De Villiers looked promising after the early jolt RCB received with the loss of quick wickets, he too fizzled with a low score but managed to hit a six and a four.The same fate awaited Shane Watson (15). He looked formidable with a six and four but was caught short of the crease in a run-out effected by Rohit Sharma.Lokesh Rahul’s fifty guided RCBIt was Rahul who saved the day for Royal Challengers to put a somewhat decent total for the team. Proving to be a vital cog in the wheel, he played a responsible role, peppering his innings with four sixes and three fours.In the end, Sachin Baby joined Rahul in the final overs to salvage the innings for Royal Challengers. He hit a valuable 13-ball 25 loaded with two sixes and two fours.Altogether, RCB suffered 51 dot balls in the innings.Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma made the most of the toss win.Except for Pollard who gave away 22 runs in one over, all the other MI bowlers maintained an enviable economy rate for a 20twenty match, which ranged between 3.75 to 8.75 runs in their quota of four overs.Krunal Pandya 1/15 exhibited the best bowling performance for MI with a economy of 3.75, followed by Tim Southee 1/27 with a rate of 6.75.Pandya was adjudged man of the match for his excellent bowling performance.With the latest win, MI occupied the fourth sport in the points table with 12 points, it won six matches and lost five out of 11 while RCB stood at the sixth spot with eight points. It won four matches and lost six out of 10.Brief Scores:Mumbai Indians 153/4 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 44, Kieron Pollard 35; Yuzvendra Chahal 1/16, S. Aravind 1/23) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 151/4 in 20 overs: (Lokesh Rahul 68, Sachin Baby 25; Krunal Pandya 1/15, Tim Southee 1/27).last_img read more

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Virat Kohli in no mood to get into confrontations with Australia: Do not see the need

first_imgVirat Kohli has always maintained that his team won’t back down from any challenge or sledging on the field but he has also made it very clear that India won’t go out looking to start any fights or arguments with the opposition, a point which he reiterated on Sunday.Kohli has in the past had quite a few run-ins with the Aussie cricketers and the fans. He was once infamously seen showing the middle finger to the fans on the boundary line during his first tour down under in 2011-12.But the Indian captain feels he is more assured of himself now and does not feel the need to get involved in any confrontation with the opposition.Known for his on-field aggression on the field, the 30-year-old was involved in war of words with the Australians in the previous tour but the India captain says he has learnt from his past experience and does not expect to see any such incident happening in this series.”I think from last time round, I’ve become more assured of myself, I don’t really find the need to prove anything to anyone.”In the early stage of my career I used to think of these things as important milestones which are really important in one’s career, but now the focus is purely and solely on making the team win at any cost.”So … I don’t find the need to get involved in anything with the opposition and I think those are changes that keep happening gradually as you go forward,” Kohli told ‘Macquarie Sports Radio’.advertisementKohli will look to realise India’s dream of winning its first Test series on Australian soil when he leads the team in a four-match contest, starting with the opening Test at Adelaide on December 6.And the Delhi batsman, who was the second highest run-scorer in the last Test series down under with 692 runs, expects an aggressive battle on the cards.”Not really, you might not see the same kind of stuff that happened in the last series. But I think in terms of their body language and intent that they have, I’m sure they’re still going to be aggressive in their minds,” said Kohli, who has scored over 10,000 runs at a whopping average of 59.83 in ODIs.”That’s the way Australia have always played, I don’t think there’s any other way they like to play their cricket. I don’t see any incidents happening on the field, I think it’s going to be competitive cricket,” the India captain said.”They’re definitely going to bring their A-game and expect us to bring ours, so we definitely expect stiff competition from Australia as always and we’re definitely not taking anything for granted,” Kohli said.(With PTI inputs)Also Read | Australia cricketers tend to break fine line between cheating and gamesmanship: GavaskarAlso Read | Virat Kohli furious at run-out decision during warm-up game at SCGAlso Read | Ex-Australia cricketers differ on ways to tackle the Virat Kohli threatAlso Read | Virat Kohli slammed after wearing shorts for toss at Test warm-uplast_img read more

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