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All-round Pollard stars in MI win


Cricketnext Staff,Cricketnext.com
Apr 11, 2012 at 11:29pm IST

Rajasthan Royals innings:

20th over: 170 all out. It's all over as Mumbai Indians win by 27 runs. The last man to go is Brad Hogg who is caught in the deep by James Franklin off the bowling of Munaf Patel.

Brad Hogg c Franklin b Munaf Patel 2(5)

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Keiron Pollard picked up four wickets to back up his 64 with the bat as Mumbai beat Rajasthan by 27 runs.

19th over: 165 for 9. Another excellent over by Malinga. Keeps the batsmen down to just one from his last over. He finishes with the figures of 13 for 2 from his four.

18th over: 165 for 9. This seems to be all over for Rajasthan Royals as Pollard picks up three in an over. First man to go is Menaria. It's a slower one by Pollard, which Menaria tries to hit over the cover region but only manages to find Rohit Sharma. Second one to go is Chavan, who is caught by Dinesh Karthik and third one to go is Amit Singh who is clean bowled on a slower one.

Menaria c Rohit Sharma b Pollard 20(15)

Chavan c Dinesh Karthik b Pollard 4(2)

17th over: 157 for 6. An excellent over by Munaf Patel. After giving just one off the first three balls, he was smashed for a six over long on boundary by the dangerous Kevon Cooper, but Patel held his nerves and bowls an excellent yorker to uproot his off-stump. Meanwhile, Chavan hits a first ball for four. Nail-biter is on card for sure.

Kevon Cooper b Munaf Patel 14(6)

16th over: 146 for 5. Requiring 62 from last five, Harbhajan keeps the batsmen down to just four runs from five deliveries but Kevon Cooper smashed the last ball for a huge six to make it ten from the over. It was a full toss, which Cooper deposits it into the crowd behind midwicket.

15th over: 136 for 5. Lasith Malinga is back with a bang. Back in the attack, Mailnga bowls a deadly yorker first up disturbing the furniture, Shah is beaten all ends up. He also sends back Johan Botha, who is caught at the long on fence by Pollard. Two runs and two key wickets from the over.

Owais Shah b Malinga 76(42)

Johan Botha c Pollard b Malinga 2(3)

14th over: 134 for 3. This is absolutely fantastic stuff by Shah and Menaria. Shah hits the first ball off the over for a boundary through the midwicket region and then follows it up with a huge six over the deep midwicket boundary. Menaria, at the other ends hits the last ball way down the ground for another six.

13th over: 115 for 3. Owais Shah is turning on the style now as he hits Harbhajan for a four through long on and follows it up with a huge six as he smacks it over the long on boundary. Meanwhile, Menaria also helps himself to a boundary off the last.

12th over: 99 for 3. Finally Mumbai Indians get a wicket. Rahane the man to go, he looks to play the chip shot, times it too well and it lobs up straight to Levi at long on. Meanwhile, Shah on the other hand brings up his fifty in a style with a huge six.

Rahane c Levi b Pollard 40(31)

11th over: 89 for 2. Rahane picks up two crucial boundaries off Harbhajan Singh's over. Another ten-run over will surely do a word of good to Rajasthan's confidence.

10th over: 79 for 2. Another change by Harbhajan as he gives Pollard the ball. Otherwise a good over except the fifth ball that was smashed for four by dangerous looking Shah. More than 100 needed from last 10 overs.

9th over: 72 for 2. Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack and skipper keeps it nice and tight in his first over. He bowls and excellent line and length and denies batsmen to cut loose. Keeps them to just ones and twos.

8th over: 65 for 2. Some excellent batting by Shah and Rahane. They are picking up at least one boundary in an over. After keeping batsmen down to just five from first five, Shah hits the Ojha for a straight six down the ground.

7th over: 54 for 2. Franklin gives away another ten runs from the over that includes a cracking boundary from a pull shot by Shah and an excellent shot from Rahane through the gap between backward point and short third man region.

6th over: 44 for 2. Spin from the other end. Harbhajan gives the ball to Pragyan Ojha and Shah hits him out of the park. Shah sits down and sweeps it over the deep backward square leg boundary for a maximum.

5th over: 35 for 2. James Franklin comes into the attack. Both the batsmen tries to unsettle the bowler from the word go. Owais Shah hits the second six of Rajasthan's innings. It's full outside the off stump, Shah picks it up and lofts it over mid off, it goes the distance. A good over for RR.

4th over: 23 for 2. Rahane cuts loose as he tries to up the run-rate for the Rajasthan. Rahane comes down the track and slogs it over mid off for four and then follows it with a huge six over deep mid wicket region. Munaf gives away eleven runs from the over.

3rd over: 12 for 2. Lasith Maling bowls a very good over. Hint of swing for the Sri Lankan pacer as he keeps the batsmen down to singles and doubles. Dot balls will surely add pressure on Rajasthan batsmen.

2nd over: 9 for 2. Great stuff by Munaf Patel. He sends back Rahul Dravid and Sreevats Goswami in consecutive deliveries. Dravid trying to up the ante gets a leading edge and is caught by Suman at mid off. Meanwhile, Goswami gets an inside edge and Dinesh Karthik snaps it up easily.

Dravid c Suman b Munaf Patel 3(5)

Goswami c Dinesh Karthik b Munaf Patel 0(1)

1st over: 7 for no loss. A leading edge over covers gets Rahul Dravid and Rajasthan underway. Rahane gets off the mark in style, hitting Malinga's wayward ball for a four between fine leg and long leg. Malinga gives seven runs from the first over.

Mumbai Indians innings:

20th over: 197 for 6 A huge six over over the sightscreen and a boundary from he last ball by Harbhajan Singh helps Mumbai Indians post a big total of 197 for 6. Harbhajan Singh remains not out on 18 (6) and Ambati Rayudu on 47 (32).

19th over: 184 for 6 Another one goes, James Franklin departs trying to go for the maximum but only manages to pick Rahane at the long on. What would have been an excellent over in death is spoiled by Harbhajan Singh as he connects the ball and hit it way over long on.

Franklin c Rahane b Amit Singh 2(3)

18th over: 175 for 5 Dinesh Karthik is out first ball. That was a nothing shot. Goes across and looks to paddle scoop and only manages to give easiest of catches to Trivedi at short fine leg. Meanwhile Rayudu at the other end is looking dangerous as he picks up another six over long on.

Dinesh Karthik c Trivedi b Kevon Cooper 0(1)

17th over: 164 for 4 This is dangerous batting from Pollard. He brings up his fifty with a shot that hits the stumps and still reaches the boundary and follows that with a huge six over long-on and a four through deep square leg region. But finally Ankeet Chavan scalps the danger man caught at long on by Rahane.

Pollard c Rahane b Chavan 64(33)

16th over: 148 for 3 It's raining sixes here! It was a slow off cutter from Trivedi that was very well picked by the big man from the West Indies. Another eleven runs from the over. Pollard moves to 49.

15th over: 137 for 3 There is no stopping Pollard as Mumbai picks another nine from the over that includes one boundary through deep square leg, three singles and a two. Rayudu is happy to give strike to Pollard who is taking bowlers to the cleaners.

14th over: 128 for 3 Pollard has gone berserk here. This is 'Happy Hours' if you are a Mumbai Indians' fans. The big man from Trinidad hits Johan Botha for a four from the first ball and then follows it up with two huge sixes over long-on and another four through the extra cover region. This over has put Mumbai Indians in a commanding position. Twenty three comes from Botha's first over.

13th over: 105 for 3 Pollard and Rayudu are building the partnership at a steady rate. Another nine from the over that includes five singles and a boundary through fine-leg region. Pollard has come out with a mission and not allowing the Rajasthan bowlers to settle down. It seems early wickets doesn't look like having any effect on the West Indian.

12th over: 96 for 3. Another good over for Mumbai Indians as Pollard takes the attack to his West Indian counterpart, Cooper. Hits the first ball for a huge six over the deep mid-wicket. Meanwhile, Cooper keeps it tight in the rest of the over.

11th over: 80 for 3. Ambati Rayudu cuts loose. He hits Hogg for a huge six. A lot of flight on this one and Rayudu makes good use of it. Goes on his knees and smashes it way over deep mid-wicket. But a good comeback by Hogg, as he bowls four dot balls in a row.

10th over: 80 for 3. Spin at both the ends. Ankeet Chavan is back in the attack and keeps the batsmen down to ones and twos in his third over. The match hangs in the balance at the moment.

9th over: 75 for 3. Fantastic stuff by Brad Hogg as he picks two in two. This time the man to take a long back to the pavilion is Richard Levi. He tosses up, the ball spins back in and Levi tries to work it with the spin but he leaves a big gap between pad and bat. Meanwhile, Pollard opens his account with a boundary.

Levi b Brad Hogg 29(22)

8th over: 67 for 2. Rahul Dravid hands the ball to Siddharth Trivedi, who keeps it tight and nice in his first over. He gives away six singles in an over. Ambati Rayudu joins Richard Levi in the middle.

7th over: 61 for 2. Great start for Brad Hogg in this year's IPL as he strikes in his very first over to remove in-form Rohit Sharma for 21. Rohit makes room to dab that to the off side but the ball comes back in from outside off and cleans him up.

Rohit Sharma b Brad Hogg 21(13)

6th over: 54 for 1. Another big over for Mumbai as ten runs are scored of it. Sharma is looking dangerous of the two batsmen. He hits Amit Singh for a maximum. He fetches that from the off-stump, a bit too short and heaves that high and over deep mid-wicket.

5th over: 44 for 1. Rohit Sharma picks up a double and follows it up with a four through the extra cover area. He picks up a half volley outside off and plays an effortless cover drive. Meanwhile, Levi hits the last ball of the over for a clever boundary. Eleven runs come from this over.

4th over: 33 for 1. Amit Singh sends back T Suman. Suman reaches out and drives it uppishly to the left of mid off, and it's brilliantly held by Trivedi. Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma gets off the mark with a boundary from his first ball.

Suman c Trivedi b Amit Singh 10(10)

3rd over: 26 for 0. Finally Mumbai Indians' openers cut loose. Suman hits the first ball over the long-on boundary for a huge six that he follows it up with a single. Levi on the other hand hits two consecutive fours follows it up with a dot ball and huge six from the last ball over deep midwicket boundary.

2nd over: 5 for no loss. Pace from the other end. Amit Singh keeps it nice and tight in his first. A hint of swing for the right-arm medium pacer that troubles Levi and Suman. It's a quiet start for Mumbai. Three dot balls and three singles come from the over.

1st over: 2 for no loss. Ankeet Chavan starts the proceedings for Rajasthan Royals and the left-arm spinner bowls a neat and tidy over first up. Richard Levi and T Suman are batsmen in the middle for Mumbai Indians.

7:30 p.m. Rajasthan Royals skipper Rahul Dravid wins the toss and elects to bat in the match 12th of the Indian Premier League season five against Mumbai Indians on Wednesday at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Bad news for Mumbai and Sachin fans, as he misses out on this match as well because he has yet to recover from his finger injury.

Rajasthan have made one change as Brad Hogg replaces Brad Hodge in the playing eleven.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Tirumalsetti Suman, Richard Levi, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik(w), James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga(c), Munaf Patel, Pragyan Ojha

Rajasthan Royals (Playing XI): Rahul Dravid(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Ashok Menaria, Owais Shah, Shreevats Goswami(w), Kevon Cooper, Johan Botha, Ankeet Chavan, Amit Singh, Siddharth Trivedi, Brad Hogg

7:15 p.m. Welcome to the 12th match of the IPL, and this one's between Mumbai Indians and Rajasthan Royals here at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Mumbai Indians come into this match after winning a last-ball thriller against the Deccan Chargers and have four points in three matches. On the other hand, Rajasthan are playing the same brand of cricket that saw them lift the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. Led by Rahul Dravid, Rajasthan have won both of their matches and are leading the points table with 4 points and a higher run-rate than any other team.

Sachin Tendulkar is expected to remain out of the Mumbai XI as suggested by their bowling coach Shaun Pollock in the pre-match press conference on Tuesday.

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