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Badree hat-trick not enough for RCB



Royal Challengers Bangalore leg-spinner Samuel Badree snared the first hat-trick of the 2017 Indian Premier League, but failed to prevent a a four-wicket defeat to the Mumbai Indians - in Friday's key encounter at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

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Badree removed opener Parthiv Patel, pinch-hitter Mitchell McCleneghan and opposition captain Rohit Sharma in the third over of the entertaining pursuit to clinch Mumbai's first IPL hat-trick, the tournament's 15th overall - and the 11th by a spin bowler.

Patel and McCleneghan's dismissals preyed on their impatience, while a superb googly bowled Sharma to complete the feat. The former Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings recruit concluded a telling spell with the removal of Nitish Rana, capping outstanding figures of four for nine on franchise debut.

Reduced to seven for four - and later 33 for five - in the face of a modest 143-run target, Mumbai leaned on the cool, calm and collected Kieron Pollard for restoration.

The lanky right-hander gladly answered the call, gathering a match-winning 70 from 47 balls - and was masterfully accompanied by local hero Krunal Pandya (37 not out) during a 93-run alliance inside 10 overs. Brother Hardik Pandya (nine not out) was soon at hand to hit the final runs - and seal triumph with seven deliveries to spare.

Earlier, a power-packed Royal Challengers batting order, completed by the returning Virat Kohli and recalled Chris Gayle, promised a substantially stronger score, but were found wanting in the wake of Gayle and South African AB de Villiers' relatively early departures.

The visitors, in fact, failed to strike a boundary in the final 32 deliveries - and were restricted to a substandard final score of 142 for five on slow, dry pitch.

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Dropped by Englishman Jos Buttler on seven, de Villiers ultimately fell for 19 off 21s. The left-handed Gayle had struck two fours and a six en route to 22 off 27. The pair's collective strike-rate, indeed, was uncharacteristically pedestrian.

Sharma's bowling changes were superb, complementing seam with spin throughout. He, too, led by example in the field by diving to his left to take a remarkable one-handed catch to dismiss de Villiers.

Kohli's return from a shoulder injury was welcomed by a Bangalore unit previously hindered by the inexperienced leadership of stand-in skipper Shane Watson.

The talented Kohli duly obliged adoring fans with the innings' top score, moving to 62 from 47 before holing out to Buttler at sweeper cover. Relieved to not drop another, Buttler required a second grab for this catch.

McCleneghan was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers. Costly during the franchise's first three fixtures of the 2017 IPL, the New Zealand left-arm seamer repaid the faith shown in his retention by gathering fine figures of two for 20 in four overs. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah conceded the innings' most expensive over of 19, when Kohli was going strong.

Mumbai beat Bangalore on two occasions in the 2016 edition of the tournament - and Friday's outcome increased their winning record over the same team to 12-eight. The result saw Mumbai unseat the Kolkata Knight Riders at the helm of the eight-team standings, while Bangalore remain sixth.

The second half of Friday's IPL double-header will see Gujarat Lions and Rising Supergiant clash at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Rajkot. 


ROYAL CHALLENGERS BANGALORE: CH Gayle, V Kohli (capt), AB de Villiers, KM Jadhav (wk), Mandeep Singh, STR Binny, P Negi, TS Mills, S Aravind, YS Chahal, S Badree

MUMBAI INDIANS: PA Patel (wk), JC Buttler, RG Sharma (capt), N Rana, KA Pollard, KH Pandya, HH Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, MJ McClenaghan, JJ Bumrah, TG Southee



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