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Kieron Pollard showered sixes and crushed Sunrisers Hyderabad

Zia Rana May 13, 2013

Mumbai Indians 3-184 (Kieron Pollard 66*, Sachin Tendulkar 38*, Karan Sharma 2-22) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 3-178 (Shikhar Dhawan 59, Cameron White 43*, Lasith Malinga 2-37) by seven wickets.

A stormy knock of 66 from the master blaster, Kieron Pollard, put Sunrisers Hyderabad back into their shells as Mumbai Indians achieved the target comfortably.

Sunrisers Hyderabad posted on board 178 runs for the loss of just three wickets in the allocated 20 overs and Mumbai Indians piled up 3-184 with three balls to spare.

Kieron Pollard (Mumbai Indians) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his unbeaten blistering innings of 66 from 27 mere balls comprising 8 towering sixes and 2 fours.

The 62nd game of the Indian Premier League was played on Monday, May 13, 2013, at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

Earlier, Cameron White, the skipper of Sunrisers Hyderabad, won the toss and sent his batsmen in to bat first. Parthiv Patel and Shikhar Dhawan started the innings in an aggressive manner as the first dispatched 18 runs with 4 fours in the opening over. Dhawan got off with a six as Patel was dropped at 25 on the second ball of the fourth over but was caught by Ambati Rayudu off Lasith Malinga three deliveries later for 26. Hanuma Vihari got in next and kept on the rhythm of scoring with continuous boundaries. Dhwan was the most active of the two, hit a couple of sixes and smashed his fifty in the 11th over with 2 fours.

The first hundred of the innings was posted on board in the next over as Shikhar Dhawan was caught behind by Dinesh Karthik off Mitchell Johnson for 59 from 41 balls with 2 lofty sixes and 6 fours. The second wicket fell at 111 as Cameron White appeared in the center and hit 2 fours in the 15th over as Vihari got one boundary as well. They added 21 runs in the coming overs with 1 six and 1 four and further 12 in the 18th one. The score was taken to 166 in 18.3 overs when Hanuma Vihari was caught by Johnson at mid off on the bowling of Malinga for 41 from 37 with 4 fours. Cameron White remained unbeaten for 41 off just 23 balls with 3 big sixes and 3 fours as the tourists scored 178 with seven wickets in 20 overs.

Kieron Pollard - Rain of sixes

Kieron Pollard – Rain of sixes

Dwayne Smith along with Sachin Tendulkar took off nicely by scoring 23 runs in the first three overs with 4 fours from the first. Smith was clean bowled by Ishant Sharma for 21 and was replaced by Dinesh Karthik who opened his account with a four. The duo kept on cruising nicely and reached 73 after 10 overs with regular boundaries. Sachin Tendulkar hit 1 six and 1 four on the first four balls of the 12th over when he was retired hurt after scoring 38 off 31 with 1 six and 3 fours. Karthik was caught by White at extra cover off Karan Sharma for 30 on the last ball of the same over.

The home side slipped to 3-99 after 13.2 overs when the captain of Mumbai Indians, Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard joined together in the park. Sharma hit the second six of the innings on the first ball of the 17th over as Pollard punished Thisara Perera for 3 giant sixes and 1 four on the last four balls. The target was reduced to 33 from the last 18 deliveries and that was made easy by Pollard who accumulated 19 runs in the following over with another 3 sixes and powered his half century on just 20 balls. Kieron Pollard continued with his assault by hitting 2 sixes in the last over and won the match for his team. He secured his end for 66 of just 27 balls with 8 sizzling sixes and 2 fours, Sharma was at the other end at 20 as Mumbai Indians hammered 184 after losing three wickets in 19.3 overs.

The present standing of the two teams in the tournament is as follows:

Mumbai Indians – 20 points from 14 matches – 1st position.

Sunrisers Hyderabad – 16 points from 14 matches – 5th position.

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