Kieron Pollard’s magnificent knock helped Mumbai Indians pull off a brilliant win over Royal Challengers Bangalore after Samuel Badree wreaked havoc with his first hattrick in Indian Premier League. Reeling at 33/5, Pollard and Krunal Pandya put on a 93-run stand as visitors sealed the deal with seven balls to spare. Earlier, Virat Kohli - playing his first game of IPL 2017 - propelled RCB to 142/5. Catch full cricket score of Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians here. (STREAMING INFO| SCORECARD | STANDINGS)
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Pollard (Man of the Match): “I just thought these are situations when champions are made. I thought of that and struck to my strength, hit it down the ground. Krunal came in and showed his maturity too. It was a matter of watching what their bowlers. We decided that if we get a six or four off every spinner’s over, we will get close if we keep it ticking and not play any dot balls. Personally I’ve never felt out of form. I’ve been hitting it well in the nets and these are the times you’ve to dig in. At the moment, the momentum is with us.”
Rohit: “Was a great effort with the bat. We always had the belief. We’ve always had guys pull things out in those situations, to show character. Pollard and Krunal did exactly that. We executed perfectly with the ball in the Powerplays and we bowled to their weaknesses. It was a collective performance. All the bowlers complemented each other. It made my job easy.”
19:30 hrs IST: SIX! It’s over. MI beat RCB by four wickets to register their third successive victory in IPL 2017. At 33/5, no one would have thought Rohit Sharma’s men would seal a win. Brilliant stuff!
19:27 hrs IST: MI need 5 off 9. Easy now.
19:22 hrs IST: OUT! Pollard c de Villiers b Chahal 70(47). A bit too late for RCB. MI are on the brink.
19:20 hrs IST: SIX! Pollard backs away and smashes it straight over the bowler. What an innings from the big lad!
19:18 hrs IST: Solid stuff from Pollard. Keeping the scorecard ticking. MI need 23 off 18 balls.
19:15 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes from Pollard. MI need 33 off 24 balls. Very much gettable.
19:13 hrs IST: SIX! That’s fifty for Pollard. His 10th in IPL. Just the kind of innings MI wanted. He must stay till the end.
19:07 hrs IST: MI need 52 off 30 balls. Second strategic time-out of MI’s innings.
19:04 hrs IST: FOUR! Back of the hand delivery from Mills, Krunal waits for it and then punishes in the gap between short mid-off and cover.
19:00 hrs IST: SIX! Good length delivery from Negi, Pollard makes room and smacks it over covers for a maximum. Moves to 41. MI need 63 off 36 balls.
18:56 hrs IST: MI need 73 off 42 balls.
18:50 hrs IST: Pollard holds the key for MI. He needs to stay till the end if MI are to have any chance of a win.
18:46 hrs IST: Decent over from Mills. Six runs off it. MI require 89 off 54 balls.
18:41 hrs IST: SIX! Widish delivery from Chahal, Krunal reaches to it and hits it well over long-off. MI need 95 off 60 balls.
18:35 hrs IST: MI are 37/5 after 9 overs. Pollard 16*, Krunal 1*. Strategic time-out.
18:31 hrs IST: WICKET! Fourth one for Badree. Nitish Rana, who guided MI to wins over KKR and SRH, departs for 11(16). MI (33/5 after 8 overs) in all sorts of trouble.
18:28 hrs IST: Badree comes in for his last over.
18:27 hrs IST: Good comeback by Chahal. Just four runs off his next five balls. MI are 31/4 after 7 overs.
18:24 hrs IST: SIX! Tossed up from Chahal, Pollard comes forward and launches it over long-off for a maximum.
18:22 hrs IST: Another good over from Badree. His figures now read 3-1-7-3. MI are 21/4 after 6 overs.
18:19 hrs IST: Badree to continue.
18:18 hrs IST: Eight runs off Mills’ first. MI are 18/4 after 5 overs.
18:13 hrs IST: Tidy over from Aravind. Just two runs off it. MI are 10/4 after 4 overs.
18:08 hrs IST: Aravind now.
18:07 hrs IST: Badree...Badree...Badree.. Masterstroke from Kohli to play the leggie ahead of Stanlake.
18:03 hrs IST: OUT! And Badree takes a hattrick as Rohit Sharma is out for a duck. MI are 7/4.
18:01 hrs IST: RCB strike. Badree takes two in two balls. MI collpase to 7/3.
17:57 hrs IST: WICKET! Buttler c Gayle b Buttler 2(5). MI are 7/1 after 1.5 overs.
17:54 hrs IST: Binny from the other end. Where is Tymal Mills?
17:53 hrs IST: Steady start from Badree. MI are 4/0 after first over.
17:51 hrs IST: Parthiv to take strike. Badree to start the proceedings for RCB.
17:50 hrs IST: Welcome back!
17:34 hrs IST: That’s it. RCB finish on 142/5. Kohli top-scored with 62. We’ll back in a few minutes time.
17:29 hrs IST: Bumrah to bowl the final six balls.
17:28 hrs IST: Brilliant over from McClenaghan. Just five runs off it. He finishes with figures of 2/20. RCB are 132/5 after 19 overs.
17:23 hrs IST: McClenaghan to bowl the penultimate over.
17:21 hrs IST: WICKET! Jadhav run out 9(8). RCB are 127/4 after 18 overs.
17:19 hrs IST: Get a feeling 150 would be enough on this wicket.
17:18 hrs IST: RCB are 119/3 after 17 overs. Jadhav 4*, Negi 3*
17:15 hrs IST: WICKET! Magnificent from Rohit. Catch of the tournament. de Villiers goes inside out and the MI skipper makes a full-length dive towards his left and takes a blinder.
17:12 hrs IST: Four runs off the next balls. RCB are 114/2 after 16 overs.
17:09 hrs IST: RCB are 110/2 after 15.3 overs. Second strategic time-out.
17:08 hrs IST: OUT! Kohli c Buttler b McClenaghan 62(47). Brilliant innings from the RCB skipper! Not an easy pitch to bat on.
17:05 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Krunal. RCB are 110/1 after 15 overs.
17:02 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s fifty for Kohli. His 27th in IPL. ‘King Kohli’ is back. What an innings!
17:00 hrs IST: SIX! Slow off-cutter from Bumrah and de Villiers hammers it over long-on.
16:58 hrs IST: RCB are 85/1 after 13 overs. Kohli 46*, de Villiers 9*
16:54 hrs IST: Another good over from Hardik. It’s keeping a bit low. Not a traditional flat Chinnaswamy track. RCB are 76/1 after 12 overs.
16:49 hrs IST: Five runs off Krunal’s first. Boundaries have dried up for the hosts. RCB are 71/1 after 11 overs.
16:47 hrs IST: Krunal now.
16:46 hrs IST: Outstanding over from Hardik. Four runs and a wicket. RCB are 66/1 after 10 overs.
16:43 hrs IST: OUT! Gayle falls three runs short of world record. Hardik Pandya gets him for 22.
16:39 hrs IST: Another brilliant spell from Harbhajan. Ends with figures of 4-0-23-0. RCB are 62/0 after 9 overs. Strategic time-out now.
16:35 hrs IST: Tidy over from Bumrah. Just three runs off it. RCB are 53/0 after 8 overs.
16:31 hrs IST: RCB are 50/0 after 7 overs. Kohli 27*, Gayle 19*
16:29 hrs IST: SIX! Biggie! Tossed up, Gayle steps out and lofts it over long-on. Didn’t middle it but was enough to go for a maximum.
16:26 hrs IST: Dot ball. RCB are 41/0 after 6 overs.
16:25 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from McClenaghan and Gayle slaps it through cover. Moves to 13.
16:22 hrs IST: Good comeback by Harbhajan. Just two runs off his next five balls. RCB are 34/0 after 5 overs.
16:20 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from Harbhajan and Gayle cuts it away between short third-man and point. First boundary for him.
16:19 hrs IST: Harbhajan now.
16:18 hrs IST: Decent start from McClenaghan. Four runs off his first. RCB are 28/0 after 4 overs. Kohli 23*, Gayle 3*
16:15 hrs IST: Here comes the first change in bowling - Mitchell McClenaghan
16:14 hrs IST: Just one run off the next two balls. RCB are 24/0 after 3 overs.
16:11 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Kohli. Looks in top form, as always!
16:10 hrs IST: SIX! Fullish length, Kohli comes down the track and smacks it over long-on for a maximum.
16:08 hrs IST: Excellent over from Harbhajan. Just a run off it. RCB are 7/0 after 2 overs.
16:07 hrs IST: Harbhajan Singh to share the new ball with Southee. The offie took two wickets in MI’s last game vs SRH.
16:06 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from Southee. RCB are 6/0 after first over.
16:03 hrs IST: Kohli gets off the mark with a single. His first runs in IPL 2017.
16:01 hrs IST: Southee starts off with a gentle loosener. Pitches it on Gayle’s pads and the southpaw helps it to deep square leg for a single.
16:00 hrs IST: Gayle needs 25 more runs to complete to cross 10,000-run mark in T20s.
15:58 hrs IST: Time for live action. RCB opener Gayle and Kohli make their way out in the middle. Southee to bowl the first over for MI.
15:50 hrs IST: One look at RCB line-up and again, they are heavily reliant on their top-order. Wonder what will happen if two out of three get out in first six overs.
15:42 hrs IST: So Malinga misses out. Tim Southee replaces him. As for RCB, Gayle and Badree come in. Aravind replaces Abdulla.
15:38 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:
RCB: Virat Kohli(c), Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Kedar Jadhav(wk), Mandeep Singh, Stuart Binny, Pawan Negi, Tymal Mills, Sreenath Aravind, Samuel Badree, Yuzvendra Chahal
MI: Parthiv Patel(wk), Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma(c), Nitish Rana, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah
15:31 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma wins the toss and opts to bowl first.
15:29 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Chris Gayle is the only player to win the Orange Cap two times in IPL. (2011 and 2012)
15:26 hrs IST: This Gujarat Lions star all-rounder, who missed the first few games of 2017 IPL, is set to return to action today vs Rising Pune Supergiant. Find out who
15:25 hrs IST: Toss in five minutes!
15:15 hrs IST: So who’s home ground is it?
15:08 hrs IST: So Virat ‘The Run-Machine’ Kohli returns. Having missed him for the first three games, RCB will be boosted by their skipper’s availability for today’s game.
15:05 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to our live coverage of match 12 of IPL 2017 between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians.
RCB, a team with enormous batting riches, has not hit the right notes in this year’s IPL. Chris Gayle, who was dropped in the last match against Kings XI Punjab, has been a worry and stand-in skipper Shane Watson has failed to demonstrate his all-round skills. (ALL THE RESULTS)
South African AB de Villiers, who displaced Gayle in the RCB playing XI, was an instant hit. De Villiers smashed an unbeaten 89 off just 46 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore post a respectable 148 for 4 wickets at Indore’s Holkar Stadium, but Kings XI Punjab were the better team on the night.
Virat Kohli’s arrival should bolster the batting. The young Indian captain smashed four centuries in IPL 2016 but his form in the recently-concluded Test series versus Australia was below his super standards.
On the back of home wins, Mumbai Indians will be upbeat. MI have a 11-8 win-loss record against RCB. Mumbai Indians beat Royal Challengers Bangalore both times last year, chasing.