Pollard smashes Mumbai to the top


MUMBAI, India - Extraordinary hitting from West Indies all rounder Kieron Pollard swung the momentum as Mumbai Indians stormed to a seven wicket victory over Darren Sammy’s Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Monday.

Pollard powered his way to 66 off 27 balls to transform a daunting run chase into a cakewalk for Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede.

His knock included eight sixes and two fours as he tore the match from Sunrisers Hyderabad's grip in a seven-ball stretch that yielded 36.

Sammy did not bat as Hyderabad, needing a crucial win to keep their playoffs hopes alive, compiled 178 for three.

Mumbai Indians, 184 for three, looked a bit shaky and their chase got off to an unsettled start with West Indian Dwayne Smith being dismissed in the fourth over for 21 of 17.  

Mumbai needed 62 off 24 with seven wickets in hand when Pollard opened his arms as Thisara Perera was taken to the cleaners, with 29 runs coming off his over after Pollard smashed three consecutive sixes.

Pollard had had no answer to Dale Steyn, who conceded only four runs in the 16th over, making a turnaround seem unlikely.

But Steyn found little support from other bowlers and the 21-runs off Amit Mishra's 18th over effectively sealed the match for Mumbai.

The victory sent Mumbai to the top of the IPL table, dethroning Chennai Super Kings.


Mon, 05/13/2013 - 15:42