Kieron Pollard came up with one of the innings of the Indian Premier League as he hit a 34-ball 87 as Mumbai Indians completed the second-highest chase in the history of the tournament, gunning down 219 against Chennai Super Kings in Match 27 in Delhi on Saturday.
Kieron Pollard hit nearly everything that was bowled at him on Saturday as he hit 8 sixes and 6 boundaries to pull off one of the most spectacular chases in the IPL. Pollard blitz made sure Mumbai completed the highest successful chase on Indian soil in the tournament.
MI vs CSK, IPL 2021: Highlights
Pollard denied singles in the final over and backed himself to get 16 and he did so in emphatic style. Faf du Plessis dropped Pollard on 68 and that proved to be the endgame for Chennai Super Kings whose 5-match winning run came to an end.
MS Dhoni, one of the sharpest minds in world cricket, looked jittery as Pollard kept hitting them out of the park at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. With the win, Mumbai Indians retained their 4th spot on the IPL 2021 points table with 8 points from 7 matches.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock gave Mumbai Indians a fine start, stitching a 71-run stand in just 7.4 overs. Mumbai Indians lost quick wickets as they went from 71 for 0 to 81 for 3, losing their openers and Suryakyumar Yadav in quick succession.
However, Pollard single-handedly led their chase and helped them past the finish line. For CSK, Sam Curran delivered with the ball, picking up 3 wickets but Lungi Ngidi (0 for 62) and Sharudl Thakur (1/56) came up with ordinary performances.
Ambati Rayudu special propels Chennai to 218
Earlier in the day, Chennai Super Kings never took their foot of the pedal after being sent into bat by Rohit Sharma who won the toss. They lost Ruturaj Gaikwad early but Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis counter-attacked, taking the attack to the like of Jasprit Bumrah and Dhawal Kulkarni in the powerplay.
Du Plessis and Moeen Ali added 108 runs in just 61 balls as the Super Kings raced past the 100-run mark in the 11th over. The duo hit 9 sixes and 7 boundaries before Jasprit Bumrah snapped the partnership with a slower ball.
Chennai Super Kings stuttered in the middle losing du Plessis and Suresh Raina in the same over with Kieron Pollard taking 2 wickets in as many balls. Pollard nearly had another one as he trapped in-form Ravindra Jadeja in front. The CSK all-rounder was given out but he reviewed to overturn the decision.
Just when it looked like CSK would be restricted to less than 180, Ambati Rayudu came up with one of the finest big-hitting displays to propel the 3-time champions to 218. Rayudu hit 7 sixes for his 27-ball 62 not after hitting his fifty in just 20 balls.
Rayudu took the aggressor’s role in his 102-run unbeaten stand that came in just 42 balls. Rayudu was ruthless against the likes of Boult and Bumrah, who finished with his most expensive figures of 1/56 in 4 overs. The former India batsman’s blitzkrieg meant Chennai Super Kings took as many as 82 runs in the last 5 overs.
Meanwhile, this was also the first instance in the IPL where a team’s top three bowlers conceded as many as 146 runs as Bumrah, Trent Boult (42 for 1) and Dhawal Kulkarni (0 for 46) were taken to the cleaners.