Match 57(1st Semi Final) – Kieron Pollard’s all round show ensured that Bangalore Royal Challengers didn’t reach their 2nd consecutive IPL Final and instead MI sailed through the finals and hence qualified for the Champions League Twenty20 to be held in September. RCB were in control for most part of Mumbai’s innings only to see Pollard play yet another delightful cameo to lift the Mumbai Indians to an impressive 184-5. It was always going to be a tough chase and this being a semi final only made it harder. Bangalore’s batting powerhouse stumbled yet again and never threatened to get close to the target. Even a limping Kieron Pollard was good enough to take 3 wickets and was rightfully awarded the man of the match.
The worst fielding effort in this IPL and a sparkling cameo from Uthappa cost Kings XI the match against Bangalore Royal Challengers. Kings XI were in control for most part of the match but then in T20 you need to keep the opposition down for the entire match and can’t relax even for an over. Kings XI have only to blame themselves for losing their 7th match as Bangalore Challengers got one step closer to that semifinal berth.
Bangalore Royal Challengers Innings