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Pollard And Pandya Blast Mumbai Indians To Top Of IPL

Pollard And Pandya Blast Mumbai Indians To Top Of IPL

Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya blasted mediocre death bowling to put Mumbai Indians out of reach of Kings XI Punjab for a 48run win in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates: Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya blasted mediocre death bowling to put Mumbai Indians out of reach of Kings XI Punjab for a 48-run win in the Indian Premier League on Thursday.

Pollard, 47 not out off 20 balls, and Pandya, 30 not out off 11, did most of the lashing off the last five overs as Mumbai plundered 89 runs.

Mumbai finished with 191-4, and Kings XI Punjab faded to 143-8.

After 15 overs we had 100 or so, so we needed to step it up,” Pollard said. We knew we had a couple of overs from spinners (coming), and we were going to maximum against them.

Mumbai Indians topped the standings with two wins from four matches, while Kings XI Punjab was sixth of eight teams.

Opener Rohit Sharma kept Mumbai in the hunt for a good total with 70 off 45 balls. His first scoring hit, a boundary, made him the third man to pass 5,000 IPL runs after Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina, and in the same second over he overturned a lbw decision against him by review.

Shane Cottrell bowled well to help limit Mumbai to 102-3 after 15 overs. But his exit allowed Sharma to break loose by hitting Jimmy Neesham for 4-4-6-6 as the 16th over went for 22 runs.

We knew the kind of attack Punjab has, we wanted to capitalize on that towards the back end, Sharma said.

Sharma went out to a relay catch on the boundary when Glenn Maxwell lobbed the ball back over the line to Neesham, but Pollard and Pandya had inspiration.

The 18th over went for 18 runs, the 19th for 19, which Pollard finished with three consecutive boundaries. Pollard capped the innings with three consecutive sixes, forcing Kings XI Punjab to reply at nearly 10 an over.

By the end of the fourth over, their run rate was overtaken by the required run rate. The pressure to catch up saw Kings XI Punjab go for big shots and expose their wickets.

Jasprit Bumrah, Pandya and Rahul Chahar took the first three wickets with direct hits on the stumps.

At 60-3 in the ninth, Maxwell joined Nicholas Pooran in the middle. Pooran flourished with 44 from 27 balls to 101-4 but the asking rate was already high and Kings XI Punjab faded. Maxwell was out for an expensive 11.

Bumrah, Chahar and James Pattinson took two wickets each.

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