Pollard spoil Kohli party as MI beat RCB by 4 wickets
Kieron Pollard scripted Mumbai Indian's sensational four-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore with a blistering 70-run knock which overshadowed Samuel Badree's hat-trick in an IPL game here on Friday.
Chasing a 143-run target, Mumbai looked down and out with Badree's hat-trick that reducing the visitors to seven for four in the third over. It was first hat-trick of IPL-10.
It soon became 33 for five but the big-hitting West Indian and Krunal Pandya (37 not out) stitched a match-winning 93-run partnership to stage a dramatic turnaround. Mumbai went into the innings break having the upper hand after limiting RCB to 142 for five despite Virat Kohli striking a classy 62 off 47 balls in his first competitive outing in nearly a month. This was Mumbai's third win on the trot after losing their campaign opener against Rising Pune Supergiant.
RCB failed to capitalise on the good work done by Kohli, managing just 31 runs off the last five overs and lost four wickets. Kohli, out of action for almost a month with a shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test against Australia, opened the innings and he got into the groove in no time.
After mistiming a short ball off Harbhajan Singh for a single in the second over of the innings, Kohli found his ominous touch. His opening partner Chris Gayle was the second highest contributor with 22 off 27 balls. However, RCB lost their way after Kohli's dismissal in the 16th over, struggling to 127 for five from 110 for one in a space of 17 balls.
Brief Scores: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Mumbai Indians
RCB: Virat Kohli (62), Chris Gayle (22), Samuel Badree (4/9).
MI: Kieron Pollard (70), Krunal Pandya (37), Mitchell McClenaghan (2/20).