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IPL: Banglore stumbled with pollards mega blast-videos

Postby dilip » Thu Apr 22, 2010 11:22 am

Full Match: IPL 2010 MATCH57 - MI vs RCB, 2010-04-21

Match Highlights

MI’s Calypso magic stuns RCB

Navi Mumbai: KP came to the party to take his team to the final of IPL 2010. Lucky for Mumbai Indians’ fans, it was Kieron Pollard and not Kevin Pietersen.

The West Indian’s all-round show helped Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore by 35 runs and make it to the final of IPL 2010.

The match, which began with the promise of being an exciting contest, ended on an anti-climactic note with the boys in red being no match for the marauding boys in blue.

KP was the RCB’s nemesis tonight - his late blitzkrieg with the bat left the Bangalore boys stunned. He then returned to haunt the Royal Challengers’ batsmen, claiming the key wickets of Robin Uthappa, Virat Kohli and Manish Pandey. He seemed to be everywhere tonight, even being involved in the run-out of Rahul Dravid.

None of the RCB batsmen looked settled and the pressure of chasing a big total in a big game told on the side with the players looking to hit their way out of trouble. Harbhajan Singh and Lasith Malinga, with two wickets apiece, were Pollard’s brothers-in-arm in destroying RCB.

Earlier, the Mumbai Indians’ decision to bat first looked on a sticky wicket with the team losing wickets at regular intervals. It was only a late charge by Saurabh Tiwary and Kieron Pollard that saw MI put up a decent total.

Sachin Tendulkar looked as if the pressure of being MI’s talisman got to him and he departed for his first single-digit score of IPL 2010. Tendulkar had hit Dale Steyn for two boundaries earlier in the over, but the occasion forced the MI skipper to a play an uncharacteristic shot to lose his wicket.

The Mumbai Indians then lost quick wickets with even Kevin Pietersen getting into the act. The Mumbai side were tottering at 77 for four when Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu did their by now familiar rescue act. The duo played sensibly to resurrect the innings, with Tiwary hitting the occasional six.

The match which looked to be going RCB’s way changed course suddenly in the 16th over with Tiwary going ballistic. Then came the 17-run over Anil Kumble would like to forget - the leggie was taken part by Tiwary (52).

But the partnership was stopped short by Steyn in the next over when Rayudu fell misjudging the RCB bowler’s slower ball thus setting the stage for Kieron Pollard.

The tall Trinidadian has been in good nick recently and he came to the middle with murderous intent. Pollard didn’t need time to get his eye in as he hit Vinay Kumar out of the park in the 18th over with two massive sixes. The all-rounder (33 runs off 13 balls) wasn’t finished yet and in the last over of the innings scored 16 runs off Steyn. RCB would rue their death over bowling - they conceded 77 runs, including six sixes in the last five overs.

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