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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma at the time of toss where MI elected to bowl © BCCI

Kieron Pollard’s quickfire innings of 47-ball 70 handed Mumbai Indians (MI) third win in a row beating Royal Challengers (RCB) by 4 wickets in Match 12 of IPL 2017 at Bengaluru. Meanwhile, Krunal Pandya provided the finishing touch with his score of 37. However, it was Hardik Pandya’s winning shot that added the curtains. MI had early hiccups as Smauel Badree claimed the first hat-trick of this season ending with figures of 3 for 9 claiming wickets of Parthiv Patel, Mitchell McClenaghan and Rohit Sharma cheaply. However, Krunal and Pollard stole the show with their 93-run stand. But there was nothing that stopped RCB skipper Virat Kohli to raise yet another fifty on his comeback match. Full Cricket Scorecard, RCB vs MI, Match 12

Pollard, who hit three fours and five sixes in his aggressive knock to set up MI comfortable win at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. Pandya hit a six off Tymal Mills as Mumbai chased down the target of 143 by reaching to 145 for 6 with seven balls to spare. RCB failed to capitalise on the good work done by Kohli, managing just 31 runs off the last five overs and lost four wickets. Kohli, out of action for almost a month with a shoulder injury he suffered during the third Test against Australia, opened the innings and he got into the groove in no time.

After mistiming a short ball off Harbhajan Singh for a single in the second over of the innings, Kohli found his ominous touch. His opening partner Chris Gayle was the second highest contributor with 22 off 27 balls.

His opening partner Chris Gayle was the second highest contributor with 22 off 27 balls.

(Inputs from PTI)