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Smith, Sammy make mark


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MUMBAI – Dwayne Smith smashed a half-century and then snatched two wickets in a Man-of-the-Match outing to help lift Mumbai Indians to an impressive 58-run victory over Chris Gayle’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League yesterday.
Playing at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai piled up a challenging 194 for seven of 20 overs, with Smith’s score of exactly 50 coming off just 36 balls with four fours and three sixes.
He put on 68 for the second wicket with Dinesh Karthik whose 43 required 33 balls and included three fours and a six.
Smith ripped into Vinay Kumar in the seamer’s second over that cost 19 runs, blasting a four and two sixes off the first four balls of the over.
He eventually fell to left-arm spinner Syed Mohammad, bowled attempting a big hit at the start of the 11th over.
Smith’s West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard then produced a robust 34 from 16 balls, lashing two fours and three sixes in a whirlwind 51-run, fourth-wicket stand off 27 balls with Karthik.
He was one of three wickets to fall off successive deliveries in the 18th over sent down by Kumar.
West Indies pacer Ravi Rampaul, roughed up by Indian star Sachin Tendulkar (29) early on, finished with one for 35 from his four overs.
In reply, Royal Challengers faltered in their run chase with Gayle failing to conjure up any miracles this time, falling for 18 off 20 balls.
Rampaul chipped in with 23 not out off 18 balls down the order, sharing an unbroken eighth-wicket stand of 51 with Kumar who finished on 26 not out.
With RCB struggling at 81 for five at the end of the 13th over, Smith killed off any hope of a resurgence by removing Saurabh Tiwary for 21 and Syed Mohammad, nine, in his first over of two that cost 20 runs.
In an earlier match, West Indies captain Darren Sammy wasted little time in making his mark on the IPL, blasting a high-tempo half-century in a losing effort for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Playing against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Sammy struck 60 from 41 balls with eight fours and a six, to help Sunrisers to 144 for nine.
However, Australia batsman Shane Watson then smashed an unbeaten 98 to easily propel the Royals to their target in the 18th over.
Sunrisers were slumping badly at 29 for six in the seventh over before Sammy arrived to revive the innings.
He put on 58 for the seventh wicket with Amit Mishra (21) before adding another 27 for the eighth wicket with Ashish Reddy (14).
In only his second match of the IPL since arriving last week following the birth of his daughter in the Caribbean, Sammy got off the mark with a boundary off Watson. (CMC)


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