Pollard blasts Daredevils

Express April 14, 2010

KARACHI: Kieron Pollard’s 13-ball 45 helped Mumbai Indians post a 183-run total before they contained Delhi Daredevils to 144 for seven and clinched a 39-run victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar hit 30 in 26 balls and Saurabh Tiwary made 38 off 28 balls. Pollard hit five sixes and added 50 runs in three overs with JP Duminy.

In reply, Delhi’s David Warner hit 31 off 15 while Virender Sehwag made 20. Skipper Gautam Gambhir continued the good work. But it all went haywire after G a m b h i r fell to H a r b h a j a n Singh. Sehwag fell three runs later and within the space of 19 runs, three more wickets fell. With Delhi being reduced to 94 for six in the 12th over, it was over for Delhi.

Deccan crush Bangalore

Deccan Chargers inflicted a 13-run defeat on Royal Challengers Bangalore, who were out for 138 in the last over while chasing 152 for victory. Bangalore required only 18 runs from 12 balls with four wickets in hand. Robin Uthappa (34), who hit two sixes in the previous over to bring down the required rate, was dismissed first.

Ryan Harris, RP Singh and Harmeet Singh finished with a couple of wickets each after Rahul Dravid and Jacques Kallis added 74 for the second wicket to keep the match in balance. Uthappa continued the good work but to no avail.

Earlier, Deccan lost three wickets for 14 runs. But Rohit Sharma (51) and Monish Mishra (41) added 82 for the fourth wicket. Mishra was dismissed but Sharma continued, posting a half-century and giving his bowlers a total to defend.


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