Pollock's relishing IPL challenge
Shaun Pollock, who picked up the Man of the Match award, may have been the star for the Mumbai Indians as they recorded an upset win 29-run against the Delhi Dare Devils.
But the man who stood out in Sunday's offerings of the Indian Premier League was Pakistan's Sohail Tanvir, who bagged an amazing 6-14 for Rajasthan Royals as they crushed the Chennai Super Kings by eight wickets.
For the Pakistani it was the best ever figures in any form of the Twenty20 game - domestic, provincial and even at the international level.
He was just unplayable on the seamer-friendly pitch which he exploited to the full. His final figures were 4-0-14-6.
It was a hectic weekend of upsets plus major shuffles on the standings and after 24 completed matches in the lucrative Indian Premier League which has reached almost the halfway stage.
The biggest of the upsets came on Sunday at the DY Patil Sport Academy where Pollock played a major role for the Mumbai Indians, who beat the much-fancied Delhi Dare Devils in one of the most electrifying Twenty20 matches in recent times.
The Mumbai Indians, going into the game with just one win, defended a modest 163 as they bowled out the Dare Devils, who have some of the best players of the short game in Virender Sehwag, AB de Villiers, Shoaib Malik and Gautam Gambhir, for 133 to take their points tally to four after six matches in the competition.
Pollock came in to bat when his side were struggling at 125-5 and before they knew it they were 157-8.
The South African all-rounder struck three huge sixes off Mohammad Asif and two fours to gather 33 in 15 balls.
More important was that he had given his side the slightest of chances of squeezing out a win - and they did.
Earlier Sanath Jayasuriya (34 off 16 balls), Dominic Thornely (30 off 24) and Robin Uthappa (22) got starts, but did not kick on.
Pollock returned with the ball and bagged 2-16 off his four overs - Shikar Dhawan and Malik were his victims. Ashish Nehra, who took 3-25, and Dinesh Kulkarni (2-18) gave their captain valuable support.
Only Sehwag, who made 40 off 20 balls, made an impact for the Dare Devils.
Meanwhile the Rajasthan Royals, thanks to Tanvir's heroics, moved to the top of the table with 10 points from six matches.
They restricted the Chennai Super Kings to 109 in 19 overs - South Africa's Albie Morkel struck 42 off 33 balls for them - and then reached the winning target with 34 balls to spare.
Graeme Smith, who was dropped early in his innings, scored 35 off 44 balls with four boundaries to be the best of the Rajasthan Royals batsman.