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Chasing 179 to win, Kieron Pollard snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as the big-hitting West Indian smashed six huge sixes off successive overs bowled by Thisara Perera and Amit Mishra to bring down the equation from 62 required off 24 balls to 13 off 12.
Pollard was at his destructive best as he decisively swung the match in his team’s favour after Sachin Tendulkar was retired hurt for a 31-ball 38 in the 12th over and Mumbai lost two quick wickets to be left stranded at 100 for three in 14 overs.
But Pollard had other ideas in his mind as he forged an unconquered 85-run partnership in just 37 deliveries for the fourth wicket with skipper Rohit Sharma, who made an unbeaten 15-ball 20, to romp his side home with three balls to spare.
Sharma was reduced to a mere spectator as it was Pollard, who took the onus on himself and decorated his innings with two fours and eight massive sixes.
Till the 16th over, the script was perfectly going the way Sunrisers wanted it but Pollard changed the complexion of the game with his power hitting.
Pollard finished the game in style, hitting two sixes off the final over.
Mumbai, with 20 points from 14 games, leapfrogged to the top of the points table with better net run-rate (+0.636) while Sunrisers’ campaign suffered a major jolt with their sixth defeat in the tournament, which left them placed at fifth position behind Royal Challengers Bangalore with 16 points.
Mumbai’s victory means defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders lived to survive another day as they still have an outside chance of making the play-offs. But for that to happen, they need to win their remaining tournament fixtures by a big margin.
Mumbai’s run-chase commenced at a relatively slow pace and opener Dwayne Smith, who looked aggressive by striking two consecutive fours against Dale Steyn in the previous over, was castled by Ishant Sharma in the fourth over.
Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik then consolidated the innings and chipped in with occasional boundaries to keep the scoreboard ticking.
Mumbai suffered a setback when Tendulkar retired hurt after hitting Karan Sharma for a huge six in the stand named after him. The senior India batsman called for the physio and took the treatment for nearly five minutes on his left palm before leaving the field.
The hosts were jolted again as they lost Karthik and Ambati Rayudu in quick succession. Karthik had hit four fours in his 23-ball 30.
But Pollard and Sharma then steadied the innings and guided the team to safety as the 17th and 18th overs yielded 50 runs for the home side.
With this win, Mumbai maintained their clean slate at home, winning all their seven games this edition.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan led the way with a stroke-filled half-century as Sunrisers posted a challenging 178 for three.
Electing to bat, Dhawan made a fluent 41-ball 59 laced with six fours and two sixes and later captain Cameron White played a breezy knock of 43 off 23 balls.
Incidentally, this was the highest team total posted by the Hyderabad franchise in this edition.
Sunrisers started off well with wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel scoring a 19-ball 26 and sharing a 38-run partnership with Dhawan for the opening wicket before being caught by Rayudu off Lasith Malinga at deep square leg.
Dhawan, who had earlier smashed an unbeaten 55-ball 73 against the same opposition on May 1, then found an ably ally in next man-in Hanuma Vihari and both mixed caution with aggression to take the team’s total past 100-run mark.
Dhawan, in the process, brought up his fifty with a drive through covers off Malinga.
Both added 73 runs for the second-wicket stand before Dhawan was caught by Kathik behind the stumps off Mitchell Johnson.
White joined hands with Vihari in the middle and continued the onslaught. White survived a chance on 27 when Rayudu spilled his catch off Johnson.
The duo put on a 55-run stand off just 34 balls for the third wicket as Hyderabad looked set for an imposing total.
However, Mumbai kept things tight in the final overs of the Hyderabad innings as Malinga came up with an economical spell, conceding just 12 runs off his two overs and picking up the wicket of Vihari, who scored a 37-ball 41.
The Sri Lankan pacer was the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai Indians with two for 26 while Johnson grabbed a wicket while giving away 43 runs.
by Administrator / 3,915 ViewsAn American actress, film director, and screenwriter Angelina Jolie has revealed she has had a preventive double mastectomy to reduce her risk of developing breast cancer.
Health campaigners praised her decision to go public with the news, which she said was prompted by a desire to encourage other women to get gene-tested and to raise awareness of the options available to those at risk.
The actor has a defective gene, BRCA1, which doctors told her had increased her risk of developing breast cancer to 87%, and her risk of ovarian cancer, the disease that killed her mother at the age of 56, to 50%, she wrote in the New York Times.
The surgery, which began in February, had reduced Jolie's risk of breast cancer to less than 5%, she said.
"I can tell my children that they don't need to fear they will lose me to breast cancer," she wrote. "It is reassuring that they see nothing that makes them uncomfortable. They can see my small scars and that's it. Everything else is just Mommy, the same as she always was. And they know that I love them and will do anything to be with them as long as I can. On a personal note, I do not feel any less of a woman. I feel empowered that I made a strong choice that in no way diminishes my femininity."
The 37-year-old, who has six children – three adopted and three with Brad Pitt, who was by her side for "every minute of the surgeries" – finished three months of medical procedures on 27 April. She said she first had "nipple delay" to maximise the chances of saving her nipples, before breast tissue removal and, nine weeks later, reconstruction.
Jolie wrote: "I choose not to keep my story private because there are many women who do not know that they might be living under the shadow of cancer."
Wendy Watson, who founded the UK's National Hereditary Breast Cancer Helpline, welcomed Jolie's decision to write publicly about her operation.
"It is excellent, because it is the highest profile you can get for it," she said. "It raises the profile for other women to look to if they have a family history and would benefit from being screened more frequently, or having surgery or having a genetic test," she said. "She probably feels that undergoing the operation is common sense but it probably does take a certain amount of courage to face it."
The UK foreign secretary, William Hague, who visited refugee camps in the Democratic Republic of the Congo with Jolie in March, said she would be "an inspiration to many".
"She is a courageous lady and a very professional lady. She's done a lot of work with me in recent months," he told Sky News. Jolie has worked with refugees for years and last year was appointed as a special envoy for the UN high commissioner for refugees.
Hague said: "She gave no sign that she was undergoing such treatment and I think she's a very brave lady, not only to carry on with her work so well during such treatment, but also to write about it now and talk about it."
Dr Richard Francis, head of research at Breakthrough Breast Cancer, said that faults in the BRCA1 gene, which on average put women at a 65% risk of developing breast cancer, were rare and in most cases were linked to family history.
He cautioned that a mastectomy would not necessarily be the appropriate treatment for everyone with the gene. "For women like Angelina it's important that they are made fully aware of all the options that are available, including risk-reducing surgery and extra breast screening.
"Though Angelina decided that a preventative mastectomy was the right choice for her, this may not be the case for another woman in a similar situation.
"We urge anyone who is worried about their risk of breast cancer to talk it through with their doctor."
by Administrator / 388 ViewsIndian Actress Vidya Balan is all set to be part of the international competition jury of the 66th Cannes Film Festival this month and says she is not thinking too much about her wardrobe.
The 35-year-old Kahaani star, who will be wearing a sari in a bid to make a fashion statement on the red carpet, said she is excited about the great opportunity she has been given to be a jury member at the most celebrated festival of the world but her wardrobe is the least on her mind.
"What makes me too much happy is to get that opportunity to watch films from all over the world and to be able to interact with various team jury. Beyond that while I am going to be at Cannes, the most celebrated festival of the world, I am not thinking so much of my wardrobe," Vidya Balan told PTI at official launch of Indian Film Festival of Melbourne.
"I see myself in a sari even when I am sleeping. So you will see me in a sari in Cannes," she said.
Vidya Balan, who recently got married to UTV Disney honcho Sidhharth Roy Kapur, said marriage has not changed her life.
"I have been married four months and marriage has not changed anything or may be its too early to say," Vidya Balan said. The 66th Cannes Film festival is all set to kick off on French Riviera on May 15.
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