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IPL 7: Anger management

Mumbai Indians keep cool to defend 187 in an ill-tempered match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Written by Mihir Vasavda | Mumbai | May 7, 2014 9:39 pm

MI’s Kieron Pollard flings the bat at Bangalore’s Mitchell Starc during their match at Mumbai on Tuesday. (IE Photo Kevin D’souza) MI’s Kieron Pollard flings the bat at Bangalore’s Mitchell Starc during their match at Mumbai on Tuesday. (IE Photo Kevin D’souza)

ranks, and with Zaheer Khan out, no total seemed beyond RCB’s reach.

And the West Indian, who is yet to make his presence felt this season, made his intentions clear, smashing Pawan Suyal for 25 runs in the third over, setting up the platform for an exciting run chase. Parthiv Patel quietly went about his stuff at the other end before Harbhajan Singh removed both the openers in similar fashion.

Bangalore were undeterred despite the twin blows, with Virat Kohli chipping in with a breezy 35. But he was found wanting for support as wickets continued to fall at regular intervals at the other end.

Kohli’s wicket in the 14th over tilted the balance in Mumbai’s favour, who went on to record their second win of the season, which helped them leapfrog to sixth place on the table.

Aussie vs West Indian, the fight continues

For a split-second, Mitchell Starc flinched. The sight of a six-foot-plus giant hurling his bat at him in a fit of rage unnerved the Australian. But this wasn’t the time to back out. Starc charged towards the batting crease, where Kieron Pollard was held back by his compatriot Chris Gayle. Virat Kohli tried to pacify an enraged Starc, ensuring things didn’t get nastier.

The incident seemed to fire-up Mumbai Indians. In the six overs preceding the incident, the hosts had managed just 44 runs. In the three overs and four balls following the spat Mumbai scored 54 runs to set up a daunting total of 188 for RCB. However, the tiff overshadowed the closely-fought encounter between the two teams on a balmy evening at the Wankhede.

It began on the second ball of the 16th over, when Starc surprised Pollard with a bouncer. Pollard tried in vain to smack it out of the park. The Australian casually walked towards the batsman and shot off a few words at him. Pollard nonchalantly shooed him back. Routine stuff, one would think.

But it got ugly the following ball. Pollard moved away with Starc half-way through his run-up. And just when it seemed that the bowler too had backed away, Starc fired the ball towards the West Indian. An angry Pollard flung his bat at the bowler but luckily it slipped out of his hand and dropped near him.

“It seems to be the case between Kieron and a lot of Australian players, but you can’t throw your bat at others,” Starc remarked. Starc would

The bad-blood between players from these two countries dates back to the 70s and has only gotten uglier in the last few years. Ironically, Gayle — who acted as a peacemaker between the two players on Tuesday — has been at the forefront of the spats. The Jamaican led an over-aggressive celebration over Australia in the World T20 earlier this year and has been involved in war of words with the likes of Brett Lee, James Faulker and Brad Haddin.

A couple of years ago, Marlon Samuels and Shane Warne were involved in what resembled a street-fight during the Big Bash.

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