DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard led a remarkable fightback by defending champion Mumbai Indians before going down to Royal Challengers Bangalore in a super over in the Indian Premier League on Monday.
Kishan, playing his first IPL game this season, smashed 99 off 58 balls and Pollard hit an electrifying unbeaten 60 off 24 deliveries that included a last-ball four as Mumbai forced the game to a super over by finishing on 201-5.
But Pollard could hit only one boundary in the super over as Bangalore fast bowler Navdeep Saini conceded just seven runs, then Saini’s captain, Virat Kohli, won the game with a four off the last ball.
“I don’t have words because it was such a rollercoaster,” Kohli said. “Fielding is something we have to keep working on. If we’d taken our chances again it wouldn’t have been so close ... we’ll take lessons and close the games better in the future.”
The most glaring missed chance was when Pollard was on 15 in the 17th over, and Mumbai was 76 from victory. Substitute fielder Pawan Negi, who had earlier grabbed three catches in the deep, dropped a sitter close to the cover boundary which went for six over his head.
Earlier, Kohli’s barren run in this IPL continued when he lobbed a gentle catch to short cover after scoring 3. Bangalore’s three other top order batsmen -- AB de Villiers (55 not out), Devdutt Padikkal (54) and Aaron Finch (52) -- all scored half-centuries and guided their team to 201-3.
Left-handed opening batsman Padikkal continued to impress in his maiden IPL by scoring his second half-century in three matches and combined well with Finch in an 81-run opening wicket stand in nine overs.
De Villiers gave Bangalore an ideal finish by hitting four sixes and four boundaries while Shivam Dube also scored a vital unbeaten 27 off just 10 balls.
New Zealand fast bowler Trent Boult (2-34) had the wickets of Padikkal and Finch but the other two fast bowlers James Pattinson (0-51) and Jasprit Bumrah (0-42) proved expensive for Mumbai.
“It was a great game,” Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma said.
“I thought we could have got 200 with the batting we have. With Polly being there, anything can happen, and Ishan can hit it. We had the belief that we could do it.”
Mumbai looked like it was out of it with 80 required off the last four overs, but Kishan and Pollard nearly pulled off the victory with some extraordinary hitting. The brunt was taken by legspinners Adam Zampa (1-53) and Yuzvendra Chahal (1-48), who conceded 49 runs in two overs.
Kishan, who hit nine sixes and two fours, hit Sri Lankan seamer Isuru Udana for two sixes in the last over before the left-hander holed out at mid-wicket while attempting another big hit.
Pollard gave Mumbai another chance when he pulled Udana to the mid-wicket boundary off the last ball.
Bangalore shares the lead on the table with four points, while Mumbai has two points. Both teams have played three games each.
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