Mumbai beat Chennai in IPL thriller

07-kieronpollardKieron Pollard raced to a half-century to help the Mumbai Indians to a 9 run win against the Chennai Super Kings.

Pollard managed 57 runs not-out, and did it in just 38 balls which helped Mumbai to a total of 148/6 after struggling early on when they won the toss and chose to bat first at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.

The High class opening pair of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting fell early for Mumbai, and despite a solid knock of 37 from Dinesh Karthik the team stumbled to 83/6.

Pollard however seemed to be batting on a different wicket, as he found shots easy to play as he smashed four boundaries and five maximums, as he put together a much needed partnership of 65 with Harbhajan Singh as the pair remained not-out after the teams alloted 20 overs.

In reply, Chennai struggled as Mumbai Indians left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha who missed out in the first game, but was brought in for the match as the team felt spin would be successful on the Chennai track, claimed 2-16 to reduce Chennai to 66/5.

Dhoni then provided some late scares for the Mumbai Indians captain Ricky Ponting, with his 26 ball 51, but to his disbelief and the Mumbai teams relief, was caught at the boundary by Pollard with a shot that seemed destined to go for 6, which secured the 9 run victory for Mumbai Indians.

Matthew Nepgen

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