Even a cynical IPL watcher would have relished the ability, the icy-coolness, and the smarts from Kieron Pollard as he pulled off an astounding heist as Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings by 4 wickets. First, he took 2 for 12 and noticed a goal of 219 flip to a frightening 125 from the ultimate 8 overs however walloped an unbeaten 87 from 34 balls to go away MS Dhoni ruing the execution of his bowlers on the post-match chat.
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The messages stored flowing from the Chennai dug-out. First Stephen Fleming held a mini huddle with MS Dhoni nodding. Eric Simons, former India bowling coach had his piece with the bowling coach L Balaji hovering round. Then Dhoni commandeered a personal session with the bowlers in public. Nothing labored. A few overs later, after extra plundering, Dwayne Bravo took Dhoni apart from the others and had his say. No luck. The sixes and fours stored coming.
Such was Pollard’s mayhem that Mumbai may even soak within the stress of a two-run over from Sam Curran within the seventeenth over.
The beefy arms had began to swing within the thirteenth over at 94 for 3. Three sixes from 4 Ravindra Jadeja deliveries. The first two have been fetched from properly exterior off and after a fast take a look at Dhoni, Jadeja received his line straighter. It was picked up from the long-on bucket seats.
Two straightish deliveries from Lungi Ngidi was smashed for sixes subsequent over earlier than time-out intervened and messages began to pour in. The consensus it appeared was to make Pollard fetch it from properly exterior off. Thakur tried however went for a 23-run over within the fifteenth. Krunal Pandya eased the load with six and two fours within the 16-run over subsequent.
Mumbai Indians wanted 15.63 runs per over from the final EIGHT overs. Kieron Pollard then smashed 85 off his subsequent 30 balls as MI received a last-ball thriller.
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It was then that Curran intervened however it was only a temporary lull as Hardik Pandya ransacked two sixes within the penultimate over to go away Pollard leaving 16 to get off the ultimate over off Ngidi. The icy-cool Pollard didn’t run for 2 balls and swivel-pulled boundaries to clinch a well-known win. At the tip of all of it, he stood going through skywards in prayer.
The second Mumbai Indians started to sweat profusely got here when Ambati Rayudu crash-landed a six on the fridge at their dug-out, splintering the glass door to items. It was the seventeenth over and their strike bowler Jasprit Bumrah was on his means by way of his most costly spell in all these IPL years. Trent Boult too was yanking his head up to take a look at the disappearing white ball somewhat continuously. Their star seamers wouldn’t have the opportunity to carry this again from the brink. Rayudu was unleashing hell on them.
Dhawal Kulkarni too was respiration out lengthy and deep after watching the ball being sucked out of the boundary. Rayudu settled in a relaxed open stance, had his bat spliced a contact in direction of off, and stored scything, solely to be outdone by Pollard.
Brief scores: CSK 218/4 in 20 ovs (A Rayadu 72, 27b, 4×4, 7×6; M Ali 58, 36b, 5×4, 5×6; Ok Pollard 2/12, 4 dots) misplaced to MI 219/6 in 20 ovs (Ok Pollard 87*, 34b, 6×4, 8x;, Q de Kock 38, 28b, 4×4, 1×6; S Curran 3/34, 11 dots)