Mumbai and Gujarat enjoy success
Mumbai Indians came from behind to defeat the Royals Challengers Bangalore by four wickets in the 12th match of the 2017 Indian Premier League in Bengaluru while the Gujarat Lions thrashed the Rising Pune Supergiants by seven wickets with two overs remaining in match 13 of the IPL in Rajkot.
Cricket fans were treated to a rarity when two hat tricks were achieved in two matches on the same day, first Samuel Badree dismissed Jos Butler in his first over then came back in his second over to claim the scalps of Parthiv Patel Mitch McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma decimating the Mumbai top order placing them at 4/7 in their chase of the modest total of 143 for to win.
Big hitting right-hander Kieron Pollard had to temper his instincts and play the responsible innings needed. He found a willful ally in Krunal Pandya and they enjoyed a vital 93 run partnership that brought the visitors from the brink of defeat within sight of victory
Pollard carefully selected his shots and was still able to hit five sixes and three fours in a brilliantly composed 70 from 47 balls.
Krunal was the perfect foil striking one six and three fours in a desperately needed 37 off 30 balls, remaining not out and taking Mumbai to an improbable victory with his brother Hardik.
Earlier RCB were held in check despite having their superstar skipper Virat Kohli return from injury and strike the ball like he had no rust from his time away from the game.
Playing with a full strength team for the first time this year the home fans came with big expectations.
Chris Gayle and Kohli built an excellent opening stand of 63 in 9.2 overs before Gayle edge a short ball from Hardik Pandya and was caught behind for 22. Kohli went on to stroke five fours and two sixes in an excellent 62 from 47 balls.
However, Krunal, Hardik, McClenaghan and the evergreen Harbhajan Singh combined to strangle the rest of powerful RCB line-up. Only AB de Villiers (19) and Pawan Negi (13) reached double figures, and as such, the home team was restricted to 142/5.
At Rajkot debutant right arm fast bowler Andrew Tye grabbed 5/17 including a hat trick to lead the Lions to a crushing seven-wicket win.
Batting first after being inserted Pune got good contributions from skipper Steve Smith who struck one six and six fours in a 28 ball 43, Rahul Tripathi cracked 33 from 17 with three fours and two sixes, Manoj Tiwary with 31 from 27 including two boundaries and one six, Ben Stokes and Ankit Sharma both added 25 as Pune reached 171/8.
Brendon McCullum and Dwayne Smith started the run chase off with a great opening partnership of 94 in 8.5 over, before Smith on 47 from 30 balls including eight powerfully struck fours and one six cut a Shardul Thakur deliver straight to Rahul Chahar at third man.
McCullum was just as brutal smashing three sixes and five fours in a 32 ball 49.
Skipper Suresh Raina then and Adam Finch then closed out the contest with an unbeaten 71 run stand in six overs
Raina stroked four fours and one six in his 22 balls 35 while Finch cracked three fours and two sixes in his 33 from 19 as the Lions cruised to 172/3 in 18 overs.
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