Vintage Polly spurs Mumbai Indians to 162/8

Published: Sunday, May 4, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Creditable show from top-order batsmen and a superb rearguard action from the reliable Pollock spurred Mumbai Indians to 162/8 in their IPL league encounter against Delhi Daredevils at the D Y Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai on Sunday.

The hosts stuttered in the middle overs after a fine effort from the batsmen up the order before Polly's breezy 15-ball 33 helped the team sans their trumpcard Tendulkar reach a healthy total. Jayasuriya top-scored with brisk 34. Thornely&Uthappa chipped in with 30 and 22 respectively.

Young paceman Yomahesh emerged as successful bowler for Daredevils with the figures of 3 for 33 in his four overs. However it was Pradeep Sangwan who stoled the show for Delhi.

The India U-19 seamer cramped the batsmen with an immaculate line and length. He conceded a measly 21 runs in four overs besides plucking the vital scalp of Uthappa. The ever reliable McGrath though went wicketless but bowled an economy spell.

Mumbai Indians invited in to bat first got off to a bright start with Jayasuriya taking to the attack from the word go. The Matara Marauder flicked and cover-drove Asif to fence in the very second over. Sanath was in good knick and would have gone for a big one but for the debutant Takwale's sluggish innings that spoiled the rhythm of Lankan swashbuckler. The opening wicket partnership fetched Indians 46 runs in five overs.

The first change bowler Yomahesh struck twice in his first over to remove openers. He ended Takwale's sluggish innings when the Maharashtra Ranji Trophy side's gloveman top-edged the cut straight to Sangwan at third man. Mahesh than bowled Sanath thro' his gates on to stumps to reduce Mumbai side to 50/2 at the end of sixth over.

Thornely (30) joined Uthappa (22) in the middle and the pair took Mumbai past 100 in the 12th over. The duo shared a quickfire 52-run stand. Thornely hit two boundaries and as many sixes in his 24-ball knock before being castled by Bhatia. Uthappa yet again failed to build on the start he had. The Bangalore-born looked set for a big knock before being undone by a freakish scoop off Sangwan that landed staright into the Malik's safe pair of hands.

Bravo and Abhishek Nayar came and went in whimper as Mumbai outfit looked in a bit of bother at 112/6 in the 16th over.

However the fine rearguard action from Pollock saw Mumbai reach a respectable total. Pollock's 15-ball knock was inclusive of three sixes and two boundaries.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians 162/8 (Jayasuriya 34, Pollock 33, Thornely 30, Uthappa 22, Takawale 14; Yomahesh 3 for 33, Sangwan 1 for 21, Sehwag 1 for 2, Malik 1 for 6) Vs Delhi Daredevils


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