IPL 2021: Pollard's power-hitting upstages Rayudu's as Mumbai Indians clinch thriller

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IPL 2021: Pollard's power-hitting upstages Rayudu's as Mumbai Indians clinch thriller

Kieron Pollard
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Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard’s power-packed 87 not-out off 34 balls (6x4s, 8x6s) overshadowed Ambati Rayudu’s 72 not-out off 27 balls (4x4s, 7x6s) as Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by four wickets in a last-ball thriller into the Indian Premier League on Arun Jaitley Stadium here on Saturday-night.

Both Pollard and Rayudu butchered the bowlers who struggled getting their lengths close to a batting area.

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Chasing 218, MI got to a traveling focus on openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock including 71 in 7.4 overs. But three quick wickets introduced CSK into the match.

Pollard then took fee and hammered the bowlers into submission. He added 89 for the fourth wicket with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) and got to their fifty in just 17 balls with several boundaries on consecutive balls off Shardul Thakur.

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With 47 runs needed within the last three overs, the Pollard-led MI took 17 works from the eighteenth over bowled by Thakur, 15 from the 19th over bowled by Sam Curran and 16 off the final over bowled by Lungi Ngidi to simply take MI over the range.

Earlier on, Rayudu had assisted CSK arrive at a massive 218/4. Rayudu’s assault left MI in a situation of shock following the Rohit Sharma-led outfit seemed to ‘ve got into the match with fast wickets.

The Andhra batsman pulverised the Mumbai team bowlers while they conceded 82 works in the last five overs. Rayudu included an unbeaten 102 (off 49 balls) with all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja (22 not out off 22 balls).

CSK, which lost Ruturaj Gaikwad in the 1st over itself, received a good beginning by their particular overseas batsmen Faf du Plessis (50 down 28 balls; 2x4s, 4x6s) and Moeen Ali (58 off 36 balls; 5x4s, 5x6s). Both included 108 runs within over 10 overs.

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Three quick wickets in 14 balls left CSK struggling at 116/4 after 12 overs plus threat of getting bowled completely early.

However, Rayudu had various other ideas. He ruined every bowler’s numbers and reputation, not sparing any person including Jasprit Bumrah (1/56 in four overs). Dhawal Kulkarni was the other bowler to drip works (0/48 in four overs).

Brief ratings: Chennai Super Kings 218/4 in 20 overs (A Rayudu 72 not out, M Ali 58, F du Plessis 50, K Pollard 2/12) vs Mumbai Indians 219/6 in 2 overs (K Pollard 87 not out, Q de Kock 38, S Curran 3/34).

Posted at Sat, 01 May 2021 18:10:55 +0000

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