Even a disgusted IPL spectator will enjoy the energy, the ice-cold and the ingenuity when Kieran Pollard starts the fantastic exploits when the Mumbai Indians beat the Chennai Super Kings by four wickets. First, he took 2 for 12 and scored 125 in the last 8 overs with a winning target of 219, but was unbeaten on 87 off 34 balls.
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Messages continue to flow from the Chennai dug-out. Stephen Fleming, the first, managed a small huddle with MS Dhoni. Eric Simons, former India bowling coach revolves around bowling coach El Balaji. Dhoni then openly led a private session with the bowlers. Nothing worked. A few overs later, after further exploitation, Dwayne Bravo put Dhoni aside from the others and expressed his opinion. No luck. Sixes and fours keep coming.
Pollard’s turmoil also sank Mumbai under Sam Curran’s two-run over in the 17th over.
Beefy’s hands started hitting three sixes off 3.3 balls by Ravindra Jadeja at 94 in the 13th over. The first two were brought in from outside and after seeing Dhoni quickly, Jadeja straightened his line. It was taken from long on bucket seats.
Two straight deliveries from Lungi Ngidi were smashed before interfering in the next over and for sixes and messages started pouring. The consensus is to make Pollard get it from the outside. Thakur tried for 23 in the 15th over. Krunal Pandya reduced the load with six and two fours in the next 16 overs.
Mumbai Indians need 15.63 runs per over from the last eight overs. Kieron Pollard scored 85 off his next 30 balls, with MI winning the final ball thriller.
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Curran then intervened, but Hardik Pandya hit two sixes in the last over, leaving Pollard to score 16 in the final over. The icy Pollard did not run for two balls and did not make swivel-pulled boundaries to achieve the famous victory. At last, he stood facing the sky in prayer.
The moment the Mumbai Indians started sweating, Ambati Rayudu hit six on the refrigerator and smashed the glass door. It was the 17th over and their strike bowler Jaspreet Bumra was on his way through the most expensive spell in the IPL years. Trent Boult also often raises his head to watch the white ball disappear. Their star seamers can’t bring it back from the edge. The stone unleashed hell on them.
Dhawal Kulkarni also took a deep and deep breath as he watched the ball pull out of the boundary. Rayudu settled into a relaxed open attitude, his bat broke to the touch off side, and was embarrassed, only to be overtaken by Pollard.
Brief scores: CSK 218/4 out of 20 eggs (A Rayadu 72, 27b, 4 × 4, 7 × 6; M Ali 58, 36b, 5 × 4, 5 × 6; K Pollard 2/12, 4 dots) lost ME 219/6 in 20 eggs (K Pollard 87 *, 34b, 6 × 4, 8x; Q de Cock 38, 28b, 4 × 4, 1 × 6; S Curran 3/34, 11 dots)