A stellar all-round show by West Indian Kieron Pollard powered Mumbai Indians to a 27-run win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here tonight.
Pollard struck a brilliant 33-ball 64 to take Mumbai Indians to a mammoth 197 for six in 20 overs. The Trinidadian then picked up 4 for 44 while fellow pacer Munaf Patel picked up 4 for 28, his second four-wicket haul, to bowl out Rajasthan Royals for 170 runs in 19.4 overs. Pollard was adjudged at the Man of the Match.
For Mumbai Indians, winners of Champions League Twenty20 and runners-up in the IPL last year, the win was their third in four matches and they moved to the top of the table with six points. Rahul Dravid-led Rajasthan Royals tasted their first loss in three matches and are now fourth with four points.
Dravid's decision to bowl first back-fired as the Mumbai Indians batting fired in unison to get a big score on board, the highest in the season so far.
Mumbai Indians went into the match again without batting great Sachin Tendulkar, who is still out nursing a finger injury that he picked up during the first match against Chennai Super Kings.
Mumbai Indians's South African import Richard Levi again gave them a good start smashing 29 off 22 balls -- hitting four fours and a six.
Rohit Sharma, who won the match against Deccan Chargers, scored 21 off just 13 balls before being bowled by Australian veteran Brad Hogg, who bagged two for 31.
Pollard and Ambati Rayudu (47) then added 96 runs for the fourth wicket that ensured a huge total for the Mumbai Indians.
Pollard smacked four sixes and six fours in his whirlwind knock while Rayudu hit three sixes and a four during his 32-ball stay.
Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh came up with a cameo of a six-ball 18 that was studded with two sixes and a four.
While chasing, Rajasthan Royals made a poor start after Munaf struck in the second over to remove Dravid (3) and Shreevats Goswami off successive deliveries.
But Ajinkya Rahane (40) and Owais Shah (76) kept the 2008 champions in the game with their massive 127-run stand for the third wicket.
Rahne, who hit two sixes and four fours in his 31-ball knock, was the first of Pollard's four victims.
Shah, however, raised hopes of a third successive win for Rajasthan Royals win with his brilliant 42-ball knock that was studded with five fours and five sixes.
Sri Lankan fast bowler Lasith Malinga, who gave away just 13 runs picking up two wickets from his four overs, changed the course of the game by rattling the stumps of Shah that ended Rajasthan Royals' hopes.
Mumbai Indians next face Delhi Daredevils at home, April 16, while Rajasthan Royals will take on Knight Riders in Kolkata, April 13.
Richard Levi b Hogg 29
Tirumalasetti Suman c Trivedi b Singh 10
Rohit Sharma b Hogg 21
Ambati Rayudu not out 47
Kieron Pollard c Rahane b Chavan 64
Dinesh Karthik c Trivedi b Cooper 0
James Franklin c Rahane b Singh 2
Harbhajan Singh not out 18
Extras (b 1, lb 5) 6
Total (for six wickets in 20 overs) 197
Fall of wickets: 1-28 (Suman, 3.3 overs), 2-59 (Sharma, 6.5), 3-68 (Levi, 8.2), 4-164 (Pollard, 16.6), 5-173 (Karthik, 17.4), 6-177 (Franklin, 18.4)
Ankeet Chavan 4 0 41 1 10.25
Amit Singh 4-0-29-2
Kevon Cooper 4-0-43-1
Brad Hogg 4-0-31-2
Siddharth Trivedi 3-0-25-0
Johan Botha 1-0-22-0
Rahul Dravid c Suman b Patel 3
Ajinkya Rahane c Levi b Pollard 40
Shreevats Goswami c Karthik b Patel 0
Owais Shah b Malinga 76
Ashok Menaria c Sharma b Pollard 20
Johan Botha c Pollard b Malinga 2
Kevon Cooper b Patel 14
Ankeet Chavan c Karthik b Pollard 4
Brad Hogg c Franklin b Patel 2
Amit Singh b Pollard 0
Siddharth Trivedi not out 5
Extras (lb 1, w 2, nb 1) 4
Total (all out in 19.4 overs) 170
Fall of wickets: 1-7 (Dravid, 1.3 overs), 2-7 (Goswami, 1.4), 3-89 (Rahane, 11.1), 4-134 (Shah, 14.1), 5-136 (Botha, 14.4), 6-153 (Cooper, 16.5), 7-162 (Menaria, 17.2), 8-162 (Chavan, 17.3), 9-163 (Singh, 17.5)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-13-2
Munaf Patel 3.4-0-28-4
James Franklin 2-0-22-0
Pragyan Ojha 2-0-19-0
Harbhajan Singh 4-0-43-0
Kieron Pollard 4-0-44-4