Mumbai Indians marched to another victory in the tournament over Chennai Super Kings (CSK) courtesy of a magnificent knock from their savior Kieron Pollard, who scored an unbeaten 87 off 34 balls. The El Clasico of the Indian Premier League continued its legacy of producing thrilling encounters, unlike the build-up to the match. CSK were coming from five consecutive wins, while MI were having a roller-coaster type tournament. Many had predicted it to be a one-sided contest, but Kieron Pollard had other ideas. Read more – Twitter Reactions: Pollard’s masterclass ushered MI to win the Runfest thriller
Earlier, bowling first, Mumbai Indians struck early as Trent Boult sent Ruturaj Gaikwad packing cheaply. After that, Mumbai Indians faced the wrath of Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis, who added 108 runs off just 61 balls, pinning Mumbai Indians on the back foot. However, Kieron Pollard began his day by striking twice, proving to be a golden arm, when the likes of Bumrah and Boult went for runs.
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After Pollard’s twin blows, CSK recovered quickly as Ambati Rayudu made his way to a 27-ball 72, taking CSK to a mammoth total of 218. In reply, all Mumbai Indians needed was a good start to set the chase for Pollard and the Pandya brothers and they did that. Rohit and De Kock provided them a brisk start, but CSK pulled back things, striking thrice in three overs as Jadeja, Thakur and Moeen dismissed Suryakumar, Rohit and De Kock, respectively.
Then came the Pollard storm as he smashed bowlers out of the park effortlessly and scored a match-winning 34-ball 87, including eight maximums and six fours to take Mumbai Indians home in the last-ball thriller.
Kulkarni’s act reignites ‘Mankad’ debate
However, there was a moment on the last ball, when Mumbai Indians needed 2 runs and Kieron Pollard was on the strike. Dhawal Kulkarni, who was at the non-striker’s end, backed up too far and took the advantage as it helped him to run the double to take his team home. Kulkarni’s act reignited the ‘Mankad’ debate as Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg took to Twitter to lash out hard at him.
“Sorry again for my harp. Last night last ball 2 runs needed and the non-striker again taking advantage. Is this in the spirit of the game?” he wrote in the tweet asking whether such act is in the spirit of the game.
— Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) May 2, 2021