Kieron Pollard’s blistering 87 off 34 deliveries helped defending champions Mumbai Indians pull off their highest ever run-chase and register a four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings on the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi.
Pollard, who notched up his prime IPL rating, pulverized the opposition with 6 fours and eight sixes as MI chased down a frightening 218-run complete on the final supply of the innings. Quinton de Kock (38) and skipper Rohit Sharma (35) began off effectively, posting 71/1 for the opening wicket. Krunal Pandya additionally chipped in with a 23-ball 32 however it was Pollard’s storm that turned it round in the high-scoring thriller.
Earlier, Ambati Rayudu blazed away to a 27-ball 72 as CSK gathered 82 runs in the final 5 overs to put up an imposing 218 for 4. Moeen Ali (58) and Faf du Plessis (5), 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 in the center.
To begin with, du Plessis smashed Dhawal Kulkarni for a 4 and most, as CSK grabbed 11 runs in the second over.
Moeen additionally opened up his arms in 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 the powerplay. The southpaw saved taking part in his pictures 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 in 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) in the tenth over, whereas Du Plessis hit two successive sixes and a boundary off Jasprit Bumrah (1/56) in the subsequent. This was Bumrah’s most costly spell in the IPL.
But Mumbai pegged again CSK by taking three fast wickets — first Bumrah dismissed Moeen in the eleventh over after which Kieron Pollard eliminated du Plessis and Suresh Raina (2) in successive balls in 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 in little or no time. CSK scored 92 runs in the final six overs as all of the Mumbai Indians bowlers skilled an off day in the sphere.
(With PTI Inputs)