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.
Mumbai Indians are on a roll as they registered their 7th win in 8 matches when they crushed the Deccan Chargers by 63 runs. Rayudu and Tiwary were the stars with the bat for the Mumbai team and ensured that they got to a big total of 178 which proved to be too much for the Chargers in the end. This is the 4th consecutive loss for the Chargers putting them in a position where they need to win 5 out of the 6 matches if the defending champions want to book a semifinal berth.
Deccan Chargers Innings
The table toppers Mumbai Indians were clashing with the team at the bottom Kings XI Punjab and with the form that Mumbai is in nobody would have expected a thriller out of this game. Chasing 163, Mumbai Indians won the game with 3 balls to spare. With this win they have won 6 out of their 7 games and Kings XI are at the other end of the tunnel having lost 6 out of their 7. They looked better today but still couldn’t hold on to their nerves in the end.
Mumbai Indians Innings
Tournament favourites Delhi Daredevils crashed to a 98-run defeat at their home ground as Mumbai Indians put up a brilliant all round show. It was truly a clinical performance from the Mumbai Indians outfit first with their batsmen amassing 218 runs which is their highest score in IPL so far and then their bowlers finishing off the job with 3 overs to spare. It was disappointing to see a strong batting line up like Delhi which is capable of overhauling the biggest of targets come a cropper. Although it has to be said that Delhi didn’t have the resources of Gautam Gambhir who pulled up a hamstring early in the match but even if he had batted the result would have been the same but surely Delhi could have avoided such a huge defeat. With this thumping victory, Mumbai Indians jumped to the top of standings, while Delhi slipped to third, behind KKR.