Mumbai Indians continued their impressive run of form to outclass Royal Challengers Bangalore in the 12th game of the Indian Premier League played at M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru. Mumbai made sure that they maintain proud record at the venue by restricting Royal Challengers to a modest total of 142 runs off 20 overs. The game had plenty of turns and twists as West Indian leg spinner Samuel Badree took a hat-trick to see Mumbai in all sorts of trouble at 7 for 4 and staring down a possible defeat. Kieron Pollard came to the crease and had received flak from cricket pundits for not playing up to potential in the first three games.
Mumbai Indians completed their third win on the trot but the coming of Virat Kohli into the Royal Challengers Bangalore did not change in fortunes as the side lost their third game this season. Kohli played well and top-scored for RCB with 62 runs while the rest of the lineup struggled to get going in their innings. Chris Gayle looked a tad cautious and was not in his usual style that people have seen in the competition. Kedhar Jadhav also could not produce anything big despite showing promise against Delhi a few days back. Mumbai must be given credit as their bowlers hit their straps from the word go as they conceded one boundary in the last five overs and picked up four wickets.
Mumbai got off to woeful start while chasing a modest total as Parthiv Patel was dismissed early in the innings trying to go for expensive shot against Badree. Mitchell McClenaghan was sent in as pinch-hitter but failed to do anything to see Badree claim his second wicket. Rohit Sharma was outfoxed by Badree as he bowled a wrong ‘un to see leg spinner take a hat-trick.
Mumbai were placed in precarious situation when Pollard and Rana came together at the crease. Rana got not score big this as Mumbai lost their fifth wicket with just 33 runs on the board. Pollard looked unfazed by the situation as he played with complete freedom to add 93 runs with Krunal Pandya to steer his side to win the game by 4 wickets. Pollard scored 70 runs off 47 balls and smoked five sixes in his innings while Pandya remained unbeaten till the end to score 37 runs off 30 balls to take the side across the finish line. Kieron Pollard also completed his 7,000 runs in the T20 format.
Mumbai are now top of the pile with consecutive wins in the competition while Royal Challengers Bangalore need to address issues in their batting to return to winning ways in the Indian Premier League.