Pollard makes light work of a near impossible chase


Kieron Pollard smashed 66 runs for Mumbai Indians in their match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad to see his side over the line in an epic contest at the Wankhede stadium.

The West Indian took a mere 27 deliveries to achieve his score and send Mumbai rocketing up to the top of the Indian Premier league table.

The Sunrisers impressed early on in the match with Shikar Dhawan top scoring with 59 from 41 deliveries.

He partnered with Patel who scored 26, before combining for a 73 run partnership with Vihari who scored 41 runs before becoming Lasith Malinga’s 2nd victim of the innings.

Sunrisers skipper Cameron White then came to the crease, and played a wonderful knock scoring 43 runs, and hitting three sixes and three fours along the way, to take the team to 178/3 at the end of their 20 overs.

In reply, things seemed to be going well for Mumbai with Tendulkar making a good 38 runs before having to retire hurt with cramps in his forearm and hand, this seemed to change the momentum of the entire innings with Tendulkar’s partner Dinesh Karthik going, and the new man Rayudu following soon after.

At that stage Sunrisers seemed destined to become the first team to beat Mumbai at the Wankhede this season, but Pollard had other ideas when he struck 29 off a Thisara Perera over, to change the match situation entirely yet again.

Pollard didn’t stop there though, he continued in the same fashion the very next over, smashing 21 runs off Amit Mishra to bring up his half-century after just 20 deliveries.

Pollard and his partner Rohit Sharma shared an unbeaten partnership of 85 runs as the big man from Trinidad saw his side home comfortably at the end as they chased down the 2nd highest run chase ever at the Wankhede, and the biggest ever for Mumbai at that ground.

Matthew Nepgen

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