Batting like a person possessed, Kieron Pollard singlehandedly powered Mumbai Indians to an astonishing four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings, belting the continued IPL’s quickest half-century in a high-octane match, on Saturday. Set an imposing goal of 219, Pollard raced to his fifty in solely 17 balls and remained unbeaten on 87 off 34 deliveries, as he triumphantly walked again to his jubilant teammates on the finish of the sport. Mumbai wanted 16 runs within the closing over and Pollard smashed two fours and a six earlier than operating two off the final ball to seal the sport for his aspect.
CSK rode on an unbeaten 72 off 27 balls by Ambati Rayudu to put up 218/4, however it was overshadowed by Pollard’s blitzkrieg, as he smashed eight sixes and 6 fours to construct on a robust 71-run opening stand. This was the second-highest run-chase in IPL historical past.
At one stage, Mumbai had been teetering at 81/3, however Pollard turned the tables along with his power-hitting on the Arun Jaitley Stadium’s batting paradise. Krunal Pandya (32) and Hardik Pandya (16) too performed their half.
The carnage began when Pollard smashed three towering sixes off Ravindra Jadeja within the thirteenth over, which fetched Mumbai 20 runs. Next, he smashed two successive sixes off Lungi Ngidi after which took on Shardul Thakur within the fifteenth over, as Mumbai acquired 23. Despite Krunal’s departure, Pollard, who acquired a life on 68, stored enjoying his photographs because the equation got here right down to 31 off the final two overs.
Mumbai openers Quinton De Kock (38; 4×4; 1×6) and Rohit Sharma (35; 4×4; 1×6) began on an aggressive notice as they raced to 58 in six overs. Rohit was hitting boundaries at will. The Mumbaikar hit Lungi Ngidi for a six over mid-wicket within the sixth over, whereas De Kock too performed his photographs. The duo plundered runs at will because the five-time champions regarded on track for a profitable chase.
However, Shardul Thakur broke the stand by dismissing Rohit, who holed within the deep to Ruturaj Gaikwad. Suryakumar Yadav (3) fell cheaply and Moeen Ali then eliminated De Kock as Mumbai slipped to 81/3 within the tenth over. Pollard took over from there.
Earlier, with Rayudu in full circulate, CSK amassed 82 runs within the final 5 overs to set a stiff goal. Moeen Ali (58) and Faf du Plessis (50), too, struck blistering half-centuries after being requested to bat first. CSK misplaced opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (4) early however South African du Plessis and England’s Moeen plundered runs at will throughout their 108-run second-wicket partnership. Rayudu, who notched up his fifty in simply 20 balls, went hammer and tongs with seven sixes and 4 fours throughout his keep within the center.
To begin with, du Plessis smashed Dhawal Kulkarni for a 4 and most, as CSK grabbed 11 runs within the second over. Moeen additionally opened up his arms within the third over, hammering Trent Boult (1/42) for a most over backward square-leg and a boundary, as Chennai fetched 12 runs off it.
Moeen was the extra aggressive of the 2 as CSK cantered to 49/1 after powerplay. The southpaw stored enjoying his photographs at will. Moeen, who used the pull shot to perfection and du Plessis, had been brutal on leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (0/32), putting a six every within the ninth over, as CSK amassed 16 runs and raced to 77/1.
There was no stopping Moeen, who then smashed a six and two boundaries off James Neesham (0/26) within the tenth over, whereas Du Plessis hit two successive sixes and a boundary off Jasprit Bumrah (1/56) within the subsequent. This was Bumrah’s costliest spell within the IPL.
Mumbai pegged again CSK by taking three fast wickets — first Bumrah dismissed Moeen within the eleventh over after which Kieron Pollard eliminated du Plessis and Suresh Raina (2) in successive balls within the twelfth over, as CSK slipped to 116/4.
Then the present belonged to Rayudu, who, together with Ravindra Jadeja (22 not out), added 102 runs for an unbroken fifth wicket. CSK scored 92 runs within the final six overs.
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