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Pollard, Munaf lead Mumbai to a royal triumph

Mumbai Indians defeated Rajasthan Royals by 27 runs in their Indian Premier League Twenty20 cricket match at Wankhede stadium, in Mumbai on Wednesday. Abhijeet Kulkarni reports. Scorecard

india Updated: Apr 12, 2012 02:45 IST
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Abhijeet Kulkarni
Hindustan Times
Abhijeet Kulkarni,Rajasthan Royals,Mumbai Indians

As the Mumbai Indians' batsmen opted for a strategic break at the end of the 15th over, the disc jockey played the popular number from the Bollywood film 'Jo Jeeta Wohi Sikandar' - haari baazi ko jeetna humein ata hai (we know how to win from a losing position).

The DJ may still be relieving the Mumbai Indians victory over Deccan Chargers in their last encounter 48 hours ago because on Wednesday, the Champions League winners were never under pressure and a defeat never looked a possible outcome against Rajasthan Royals.

Having won both their previous games batting first, Royals' skipper Rahul Dravid sprang a surprise by opting to bowl first and the host batsmen batted the visitors out of the game.

The hosts piled up 197 runs and Royals never looked primed for a chase despite the short boundaries at the Wankhede stadium.

South African Richard Levi again gave the hosts the start they desired and Rohit Sharma played a cameo before Kieron Pollard came to the party for the first time this season. The West Indies all-rounder treated every bowler, except Brad Hogg, with disdain.

He began with a golf like tee-shot over mid-on off compatriot Kevon Cooper and then welcomed South African Johan Botha's spin with a 4, 6, 6, 4 with one of the sixes landing on the top tier of the MCA pavilion. By the time Pollard departed for a 33-ball 64 in the 17th over, Rajasthan were already staring at a target of around 200 runs.

First Published: Apr 11, 2012 20:19 IST