Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard

Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard

Trinidad and Tobago cricketers Lendl Simmons and Kieron Pollard produced stellar performances for their Mumbai Indians team in Indian Premier League 20-20 action yesterday—both upstaging compatriot Kevon Cooper whose Rajasthan Royals team were flummoxed and beaten by 25 runs.

Batting first, Mumbai piled up 178 for 3 with Simmons hitting a 51-ball topscore of 62 and featuring in a 120-run first-wicket stand with Australian Mike Hussey who made 56 off 39 balls including three fours and two sixes.

Simmons spanked six fours and two sixes.

Cooper had the pleasure of catching out both Mumbai openers off the bowling of left arm spinner Ankit Sharma.

Pollard meanwhile, coming to the crease at the fall of Mumbai’s first wicket, that of Simmons in the 15th over, managed 14 not out from 12 balls and with one boundary—-a six. But he had a fruitful 30-ball 56-run partnership with his team captain Rohit Sharma who was run out off the last ball of their innings for 40 made from 19 balls and decked with three fours and four sixes.

Cooper, one of six bowlers Rajasthan used, went wicketless in three overs at a cost of 27 runs.

Rajasthan’s chase of 179 for the win was stymied by steady bowling and brilliant fielding topped by an outstanding catch by Pollard off a hit by Cooper who made just five in his team’s 153 for 8 innings closed.