West- Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard scripted sensational four-wicket victory over RCB [Royal Challengers Bangalore] with a blistering 70-run knock which overshadowed Samuel Badree’s hat-rick in an IPL match in Bengaluru on Friday. Chasing a 143-run target, Mumbai Indians looked down and out with Badree's hat-trick that compressing the visitors to seven for four in the third over. It was first hat-trick of IPL 2017. It soon became 33 for five but the big-hitting West Indian and all-rounder Krunal Pandya (37 not out) stitched a match-winning 93-run partnership to stage a dramatic turnaround.
MI, with the batting they possess, were conventional to chase the 143-run target comfortably on a batting friendly pitch at the Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore.
However Samuel, Badree, playing his first game of the tournament, broke the visitors back by removing Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma in successive balls to have Mumbai reeling at seven for four in the third over.
It was the impressive effort by the West Indian, considering he picked all those three wickets in the Powerplay. He dismissed Patel and Rohit with a googly, the left-hander handing a simple catch to Gayle at short extra cover while another went through Rohit's defence, sending the packed crowd into a turmoil.
The Caribbean spinner had the luck on his side too as he dismissed seamer McClenaghan off a low full-toss. He ended his spell with a wicket, sending back the in-form batsman Nitish Rana to leave the visitors at 33 for five in eight overs. Badree returned incredible figures of 4-1-9-4.
In the beginning, Bangalore failed to capitalise on the good work done by Virat Kohli, managing just 31 runs off the last five overs and lost four wickets.
The Indian Skipper out of action for almost a month with a shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test versus Australia, got into the groove in no time.
After mistiming a short ball off off-spinner Harbhajan Singh for a single in the second over of the innings, Kohli found his dangerous touch.
The next over bowled by Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee saw him hitting a straight six and a couple of fours, one was a crisp pull shot and another a whip over mid-on.
All this while his opening partner and hard-hiting Chris Gayle (22 off 27) was not unable to unleash the big hits he is known for. Though the Caribbean did manage to hit a six off Harbhajan, he was far from his best.
Virat Kohli, who hammered five boundaries and two sixes, got to his half century by a dispatching a full toss off pacer Jasprit Bumrah for a maximum.
Kohli played a remarkable innings of 62 off 47 balls in his first competitive outing in nearly a month.
However, Bangalore lost their way after his dismissal in the 16th over, struggling to 127 for five from 110 for one in a space of 17 balls.