Monday 14 May 2012 

IPL 2012: Rayudu, Pollard Blast Mumbai To Thrilling Win

IPL 2012: Rayudu, Pollard Blast Mumbai To Thrilling Win
IPL 2012: Rayudu, Pollard Blast Mumbai To Thrilling Win
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Mumbai Indians 173-5 (Rayudu 81no) beat
Royal Challengers Bangalore 171-6 by five wickets
Indian Premier League 2012, Bangalore

Ambati Rayudu and Kieron Pollard scored 122 runs together to help Mumbai Indians jump to second in the Indian Premier League 2012 table with a five-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Rayudu thumped 81 in 54 balls and Pollard 52 in 31 deliveries as the visitors recovered from being reduced to 44 for four and 51 for five to chase down a target of 172 with two balls to spare.

They closed on 173 for five to hand Bangalore a defeat that severely threatens their chances of reaching the play-offs.

Batting first, Bangalore lost Chris Gayle (6) and Virat Kohli (3) early but hit back through Tillakaratne Dilshan's 47 in 50 balls and contributions of 21 from Saurabh Tiwary and 14 from AB de Villiers.

A maiden half-century for Mayank Agarwal, who struck an excellent 64 in 30 balls, including six fours and four sixes, carried Bangalore to a competitive score.

And when Herschelle Gibbs (2), Sachin Tendulkar (0) and Rohit Sharma (5) fell within four overs of the start of Mumbai's reply, Bangalore were in complete control.

A partial recovery from Dinesh Karthik (16) and Dwayne Smith (6) came to nothing when they were dismissed by Muttiah Muralitharan and Munaf Patel respectively but if Bangalore thought that what lay ahead of them was a victory cruise, they had reckoned without Rayudu and Pollard.

Rayudu led the charge with six fours and four sixes, while Pollard's power came in handy as he struck five fours and three sixes to seriously rock the Challengers' boat.

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