IPL 2017 12th Match: Pollard guides Mumbai Indians to victory despite Badree’s hat-trick

Pollard scored his 10th IPL fifty

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Kieron Pollard blasted an impressive 70 as the Mumbai Indians overcame Samuel Badree’s hat-trick to beat the Royal Challengers Bangalore by four wickets.

Being put in to bat first, the Royal Challengers got off to a great start as Chris Gayle and captain Virat Kohli, who was returning from a shoulder injury, amassed a 63-run partnership.

Gayle ended up being caught behind off the bowling of Hardik Pandya for 22, but Kohli and AB de Villiers kept the scoreboard ticking with a 47-run stand, during which Kohli surpassed his half-century.

Kohli went on to make 62 off 47 balls, which included five boundaries and two sixes, and once he departed, the Royal Challengers began to lose wickets at regular intervals.

Kohli’s 27th IPL fifty went in vain

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As a result, they were held to 142/5 off their 20 overs.

Mitchell McClenaghan was the pick of the bowlers with two wickets, while Hardik and Krunal Pandya chipped in with one wicket apiece.

Chasing 143 to win, Stuart Binny got rid of Jos Buttler on the 11th ball of the innings before Badree wreaked havoc on the Indians’ batting line-up by removing Parthiv Patel, captain Rohit Sharma and McClenaghan is successive deliveries.

With the Indians reeling at 7/4, things continued to spiral downward for them as Nitish Rana became Badree’s fourth victim.

Pollard and Krunal came to the rescue for the Indians as they put together a crucial 93-run partnership, during which Pollard sailed past his fifty.

Pollard looked on track for a big score, but his resistance at the crease was ended when he was dismissed by Yuzvendra Chahal for 70 off 47 balls, which included three boundaries and five sixes.

Krunal proceeded to finish unbeaten on 37 as the Indians completed their epic come-from-behind win with seven balls to spare.

Badree was the most successful bowler with four wickets, while Binny and Chahal claimed one wicket each.

Pollard was named Man of the Match.

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