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On This Day: Kieron Pollard’s 31-ball 83 aids Mumbai Indians in last-ball victory

By: Sports Desk |

Updated: April 10, 2020 2:57:19 pm


Kieron Pollard hit ten sixes on his strategy to 83. (Source: IPL)

Aiding Mumbai Indians (MI) in a nail-biting end of their win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) final 12 months, Kieron Pollard arguably had the most effective innings within the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019. Off simply 31 balls, the West Indies hard-hitter gathered a staggering 83 runs on his captaincy debut on today in IPL’s 12th version.

After Pollard gained the toss and elected to bowl towards KXIP, standing in for an injured Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians have been flayed by KL Rahul. Along with Gayle, Rahul solid a 116-run stand in 77 balls for the primary wicket and went on to attain his first IPL century off simply 64 balls. The Mohali-based group had completed with an imposing 197/four in 20 overs.

Chasing at practically greater than 10 runs per over, MI didn’t get off to a very good begin dropping their first three wickets for 62. But Pollard got here in and steadied the ship and saved scoreboard shifting with large blows out of the park.

When the stand-in captain got here in to bat within the eighth over, MI required 142 to win in 12.2 overs, with an asking charge of 11.5 per over. Over the subsequent 71 balls, Pollard scored at 16 runs per over, whereas the opposite batsmen scored 43 off 40. His highly effective innings comprised simply three fours and 10 towering sixes, six of which got here within the last 5 overs.

Although MI have been 140/6 in 15.four overs with a required charge of over 13 runs per over, the presence of the large Jamaican took the 2019 champions over the road. Although Alzarri Joseph received MI the profitable run on the final ball of the match, Pollard’s nerves of metal and his 39 runs within the penultimate three overs of the chase was essential within the three-wicket win.

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