Bengaluru, April 14: A gritty 93-run partnership between Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya helped Mumbai Indians pull off a sensational 4-wicket win against Royal Challengers Bangalore in match 12 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017 on Friday (April 14).
Pollard played a patient 70-runs knock off 47 balls (three X 4s; five X 6s) and Krunal Pandya scored 37* from 30 deliveries as Mumbai registered their third win in a row.
Earlier, a disciplined bowling effort from Mumbai bowlers helped them restrict a star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore to 142/5 in 20 overs.
Though Mumbai Indians played without their experienced pacer Lasith Malinga, their other bowlers bowled to their potential as Bangalore wasted a solid start given by skipper Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers. The RCB thus got wrapped up under 150-run mark.
Kohli, who was injured during the third Test match against Australia, made his comeback in style as he scored 62 runs, which comprised of five boundaries and two sixes.
The 28-year-old came out to bat with West Indian swashbucking batsman Chris Gayle (22) and forged a 63-run partnership in 10 overs to give the RCB a perfect start.
For Mumbai, McClenaghan scalped two wickets for 20 runs in four overs while Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya chipped in with one wicket each.
Here are the highlights of the match:
# Virat Kohli scored 62 off 47 balls in his first match of the IPL 2017.
# Kohli smashed five fours and two sixes in his innings.
# Chris Gayle (22) was the first Bangalore wicket to fall.
# Gayle was dismissed by Hardik Pandya in the 10 over
# Kohli was dismissed Mitchell McClenaghan in the 16th over as former was caught in the deep by Jos Buttler.
# AB de Villiers was removed by Krunaal Pandya by a stunning single-handed catch from Rohit Sharma.
# 3-17 is Krunal Pandya's figures against AB de Villiers in the IPL, off 21 balls.
# 31 runs were scored from the last 5 overs by RCB without any boundary.
# Harbhajan Singh finished his quota of 4 overs and conceded just 23 runs.
# Samuel Badree opened the bowling for RCB as they started defending 142.
# Stuart Binny gave Bangalore their first breakthrough as he removed Jos Buttler in the second over of the innings.
# Samuel Badree completed his first hat-trick in the IPL as he removed Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in his second over of the game.
# It was Badree's IPL debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He finished with figures of 4-1-9-4.
# It was first time a team has won after losing four wickets for less than 10 - in IPL history.
# It was third time in the IPL 2017 when Rohit Sharma was dismissed by a spinner
# Rohit Sharma scored just 2 in the game against RCB.
# 93-run partnership between Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard
# Pollard completed his fifty off 41 balls, he scored 70 from 47 balls to bring Mumbai back into the game
# Mumbai completed the run chase in style as they achieved the target with 7 balls to spare.
# Krunal Pandya scored 37 off 30 balls.
# Mumbai registered their third consecutive win in the tournament.
# Mumbai have an 12-8 winning record against RCB, and at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium.