Dubai, 20 April-2014(TN): Pawan Singh has collected the snaps from various sources for thenational.ae news paper as doubleheader at the emirate: Mumbai Indians v Royal Challengers Bangalore and Kolkata Knight Riders v Delhi Daredevils.
Dubai was hosting its first two Indian Premier League matches on Saturday and the crowds came out in the thousands to watch. Pawan Singh / The National
Mitchell Starc, the Australian fast bowler, opened the bowling for Royal Challengers Bangalore. But Mumbai Indians, their opponents for the afternoon, got off to a decent start with Aditya Tare, right, and Mike Hussey keeping the scoring ticking. Pawan Singh / The National
Very quickly, though, it started to go wrong for Mumbai when Yuzvendra Chahal, centre, taking the catch of Hussey before dismissing two of his teammates – Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard in quick succession. Pawan Singh / The National
Ambati Rayudu, the Indian batsman who came in at No 3, scored a patient 35 – top-scoring for the Indians – as the defending champions tried to recover from periodic losses of wickets. Pawan Singh / The National
Corey Anderson, the hard-hitting New Zealand all-rounder, struck a couple of blows. But he was largely ineffective for Mumbai as the team eventually crawled to 115 for nine at the end of their 20-over quota. Pawan Singh / The National
In response, Bangalore lost three wickets for just 17 runs. But Parthiv Patel, the wicketkeeper-batsman, scored a brillant unbeaten half-century and cobbled together a 99-run stand with AB de Villiers to take his team home. Pawan Singh / The National
The Bangalore crowd was predictably ecstatic about the results. Their team have now won two out of two games.
It was also especially sweet for Bangalore considering they won without the help of their premier match-winners – Yuvraj Singh, left, and captain Virat Kohli, third from left. Rohit Sharma, right, on the other hand, will be concerned as his Mumbai Indians side have lost back-to-back matches. Pawan Singh / The National
The second match of the evening – between Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders – was even an even closer affair and definitely a higher scoring one. Pawan Singh / The National
Gautam Gambhir, the Kolkata captain and opening batsman, was dismissed for a duck for the second straight innings after being caught by JP Duminy off the bowling of Nathan Coulter-Nile. To compound matters for the Knight Riders, the in-form Jacques Kallis was also out for nought. Pawan Singh / The National