IPL-10: Mumbai Indians win toss, opt to field vs RCB

Pollard fireworks take shine off Badree hat-trick as Mumbai win

This win allowed Mumbai Indians to go on top of the table in the 2017 Indian Premier League. But three balls by West Indian leg-spinner Samuel Badree changed the entire complexion of the game. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, facing the hat-trick ball, did not pick theBadree's googly and was bowled for golden duck.

"It's heartening to see Kohli play again, as his absence in the first three games made a difference to the team". "King Kohli" is back. The hit went straight to Sreenath Aravind at point and he made no mistake.

What followed was sensible batting from both Pollard and Krunal. Not too many batsmen can outscore Chris Gayle on this planet but Kohli is one of them. While Mitchell McClenaghan scalped two wickets, Harbhajan Singh and Krunal conceded just 44 runs from their 8 overs to deny RCB a chance to run away with advantage. In the process, Pollard also crossed 7000 runs in T20 cricket. Picking singles and going about the partnership in a watchful manner worked well in the favour of the big-hitting Pollard.

Pandya led the onslaught and slapped a quicker one from Yuzvendra Chahal for six over long-on in the 10th over. But the leg-spinner got his revenge as another attempted six fell in the hands of AB de Villiers as MI's score read 126/6 in 17.3 overs. While it was Hardik that got Mumbai the first breakthrough during the RCB innings, elder sibling Krunal proved the flawless foil for Pollard by rotating the strike for the most part when Mumbai was still in its vulnerable stages, before going for the kill towards the end. MI are well and truly favourites to win this one.

The first boundary of the innings didn't arrive until the fifth over - Rana whipping Mills for four - and it took all of Pollard's powers of concentration to revive the innings.

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Though Mumbai Indians played without their experienced pacer Lasith Malinga, their other bowlers bowled to their potential as Bangalore wasted a solid start given by skipper Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers.

WICKET! Outstanding catch from Rohit Sharma! . De Villiers was batting on 7 and it looked ominous for Mumbai. This means had Kohli not stepped up, RCB would have stared down the barrel. His 19 off 21 balls in death overs couldn't save the blushes of his team as RCB could only post a modest 142 for five in their last match.

Mumbai tightened the screw as Bumrah fielded brilliantly off his own bowling and threw down the stumps at the bowler's end to run out Kedar Jadhav before Mandeep Singh dragged Mitchell McClenaghan on first ball. Direct hit to end Kedar Jadhav's innings.

Krunal was composed in his approach, running well between the wickets and playing an excellent support role.

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