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Pollard's Mumbai Indians lose
MUMBAI, India (CMC):
West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard was part of a gallant fightback, before Mumbai Indians succumbed to Kings X1 Punjab by 18 runs In the Indian Premier League (IPL) yesterday. Pollard smashed a four and a six in a score of 20 to help revive a run chase which imploded when Mumbai collapsed to 59 for six, chasing Punjab's 177 for five in 20 overs at the Wankhede Stadium.
However, his contribution was overshadowed by Harbhajan Singh's 64 from 24. Singh was also partly responsible for ravaging Mumbai's top order by dismissing the two openers, Murali Vijay and Virender Sehwag, for 35 and 36, respectively.
George Bailey propelled Kings XI Punjab by clobbering 61 from 32.
Shark kills 13-year-old surfer
PARIS, France (AP):
A 13-year-old boy has been killed by a shark while surfing off the shore of the French island of Reunion in the Indian Ocean.
The island, with an active volcano and striking vistas that attract tourists, has seen a rise in shark activity in recent years. It was the seventh shark-related death since 2011. After a non-fatal shark attack in February, authorities banned all water activities outside select areas watched by lifeguards.
The regional maritime rescue service, known as CROSS, said in a statement that the boy was surfing yesterday in an off-limits area on the west coast of the island when the shark attacked his arms and legs. The statement says rescuers arrived quickly, but could not save him. Authorities would not provide further details about the victim.
Pietersen sends signal to England selectors
OXFORD, England (AP):
Kevin Pietersen was challenged to rack up runs in domestic cricket to stand any chance of an unlikely return to the England team after a year away from the international game. He couldn't have started any better.
In his first game for Surrey since re-signing for the county to revive his international prospects, Pietersen struck 170 off 149 balls on the opening day of a three-day friendly match against Oxford MCCU at The Parks. It was his first century in any form of the game since the Ashes Test at Old Trafford in August 2013, and a clear reminder to the England selectors of his enduring quality.
He struck 24 fours and two sixes.