IPL 2013: Pollard Outdoes Dhoni To End On Winning Side

Pollard Outdoes Dhoni To End On Winning Side
Pollard Outdoes Dhoni To End On Winning Side
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Mumbai Indians 148-6 (Pollard 57no) beat
Chennai Super Kings 139-9 (Patel 3-29) by 9 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Chennai
Report by Chetan Narula

Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings by nine runs in their IPL match at Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. It was the first win for Mumbai in two games, even as Chennai lost their opening game. 

Chasing a par-score of 149 runs, Chennai lost their top order easily as Mumbai made good on the momentum provided by Kieron Pollard towards the end of their innings. Munaf Patel (3-29) bowled Murali Vijay (5) while Mitchell Johnson (1-22) set up Suresh Raina (10) with a short ball and then had him caught next ball. Harbhajan Singh (2-31) then bowled Michael Hussey for 20 runs off 23 balls. Pragyan Ojha (2-16) struck thereafter, removing Dwayne Bravo (10) and Subramaniam Badrinath (16) in quick succession as Chennai were reduced to 66 for five in the thirteenth over. 

Skipper MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja stemmed the rot with some lusty blows, but could not keep it going for more than 31 runs. Jadeja (16) got an inside-edge and was bowled. In a way it liberated Dhoni for he was the only left now who could possibly steal an impossible win. And ‘Captain Cool’ almost did it, with a sterling knock of 51 runs, coming off only 26 balls. He hit five fours and three sixes, and was out to a stunning catch by Pollard (1-40) at the boundary just as the ball was about to disappear for his fourth six. His dismissal ended Chennai’s hopes, and they could only manage 139 for nine in their twenty overs.  

Earlier in the evening, a timely half-century from Kieron Pollard saved Mumbai's blushes after Ricky Ponting won the toss and elected to bat first. Sachin Tendulkar (0), Ricky Ponting (6), Rohit Sharma (8) and Ambati Rayudu (7) were all dismissed cheaply, as Mumbai struggled at 59 for four before the halfway stage in their innings. 

Dinesh Karthik once again held the fort with a timely innings of 37 runs, coming off 25 balls, with four fours and one six, even as the wickets fell like nine-pins. But it was Kieron Pollard whose coming to the crease ushered a change in momentum. He took his time getting going and then brought a barrage of sixes towards the end, hauling Mumbai’s total alongside. 

He finished unbeaten on 57, his runs coming off only 38 balls, with nine boundaries including five sixes. He single-handedly took the score past the 100-run mark and then to 148 for six in 20 overs, as 52 runs came in the last five overs. Harbhajan Singh scored run-a-ball 21 runs, as the duo put up 65 runs for the seventh wicket. 

Dwayne Bravo finished with two for 44 while Dirk Nannes, Ankit Rajpoot, Ben Laughlin and R Ashwin took a wicket each.

© Cricket World 2013


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