September 17, 2010 12:57:52 am
Mumbai Indians flickered to life with a 31-run victory over Guyana in Group B match,a victory that kept them in contention in the Champions League. Kieron Pollard made the most of promotion up the order,with a blistering knock of 72 from mere 30 deliveries to provide a healthy total of 184 that their bowlers defended with a bit of difficulty. This was Mumbais first victory,after losing two matches on the trot.
Guyana skipper Ramnaresh Sarwan made an spirited effort towards the chase,scoring 46 from 38 deliveries with six boundaries and one over it but failed to get much support from the rest of the middle-order. Dwanye Bravo and Harbhajan Singh put the brakes in the middle overs as Guyana settled at 153 for 6 for their second straight defeat in the tournament.
Pollard was at his ruthless best as hammered the Guyana bowlers to all parts of the ground,hitting nine towering sixes and one four to take MI to the formidable total after they were down at 99 for three at one stage. Pollard’s domination with the bat can be ascertained from the fact that Mumbai piled up a mammoth 85 runs in the last 5 overs.
Pollard used his long handle to great effect and clobbered medium-pacer Christopher Barnwell for two sixes and then destroyed the figures of young leg-spinner Devendra Bishoo,picking up 19 runs of his final over with two huge hits over the fence and a boundary.
The imposing West Indian brought up his fifty in style,casually lofting a Esuan Crandon delivery over the long on boundary. Not a single Guyana bowler was spared by Pollard as he went about his business with utmost ease. He finished off the innings in style,despatching Wintz over long-off.
Pollard’s task,however,was made easy by the 82-run opening stand between Sachin Tendulkar (48 off 39) and Shikhar Dhawan (39 off 37). Even though Tendulkar was not at his elegant best,he and Dhawan ensured that Mumbai were off to a decent start that eventually laid the platform for Pollard’s late fireworks. Opting to bat,Tendulkar and Shikhar Dhawan went out with a purpose and adopted an attacking mood from the word go. Tendulkar made his intentions clear with a smashing pull to the midwicket boundary off Crandon in the second over.
Towards the end,JP Duminy too came up with a vital six-ball 14-run knock to help his sides cause.
Brief scores: Mumbai Indians 184 for 4 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 72,Sachin Tendulkar 48,Devendra Bishoo 3/34); Guyana (Ramnaresh Sarwan 46,Narsingh Deonarine 27,Dwayne Bravo 2/18,Harbhajan Singh 2/32)
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