Caribbean stormy all-rounder Kieran Pollard (87 not out, 34 balls, 6 fours and 8 sixes) on Saturday forced a 218-run defeat to the Chennai Super Kings in a charismatic innings. In this thrilling match played at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium, Chennai Super Kings scored 218 for 4 with the help of half-centuries from Faf du Plessis, Moin Ali and Ambati Rayudu, their best score against Mumbai. In response, Mumbai scored 219 runs off the last ball on the basis of a devastating innings by Pollard to win by 4 wickets.
Thrill of chennai innings
After the century partnership of Faf du Plessis (50) and Moin Ali (58), Ambati Rayudu’s unbeaten 72-run innings helped Chennai Super Kings bat first against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League match on Saturday. But scored a big score of 218 runs. Rayudu, after completing his 20th half-century in just 20 balls, hit four fours and seven sixes in a 27-ball unbeaten innings. He shared a 102-run unbroken partnership with Jadeja for the fifth wicket with Jadeja contributing just 22 runs off 22 balls.
Bumrah is the most expensive bowler
Chennai team managed to score more than 200 against Mumbai for the first time since 2008. Earlier, after the dismissal of Rituraj Gaikwad in the initial over, du Plessis and Moin added a strong foundation by adding 108 runs for the second wicket. Moin hit four fours and five sixes in 36 balls. Kayan Pollard was the most successful bowler for Mumbai, taking two wickets for just 12 runs in two overs. Mumbai’s main bowler Jasprit Bumrah took 56 runs with one wicket in four overs, which was his most expensive spell.
Rituraj is out in slow
Earlier, for Chennai, Rituraj Gaikwad hit the second ball of the innings but Bolt showed him the path of the pavilion after two balls. Hardik took a catch and ended his innings of four from four balls. Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali then started stormy batting. Moeen hit a six over Neesham in the 10th over and then completed his half-century off 33 balls with a single.
Rayudu rained in the last moment
Bumrah, however, made a comeback and ended Moin Ali’s innings by taking a catch at the hands of wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Captain Rohit held the ball to Kieran Pollard in the 12th over and he justified his decision with du Plessis and Raina taking wickets on the last two balls. When Du Plessis hit two fours and four sixes in a 28-ball innings, Raina could score only two runs. Ambati Rayudu opened his hand in the 15th over with a six off the crease off Rahul Chahar using the crease. He added 82 runs in the last five overs with Ravindra Jadeja with Bumrah, Bolt and Kulkarni taking the ball several times to the stadium.
3 wickets fell after a good start for Mumbai
Mumbai Indians got off to a good start in chasing big goals. Captain Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock hit 71 runs in 7.4 overs. The pair looked dangerous as Shardul Thakur caught Rohit out of the boundary line at the hands of Rituraj. Rohit scored 35 runs in 24 balls with the help of 4 fours and a six. In the next two overs, Suryakumar Yadav (3) and Quinton de Kock (38) were dismissed first, after which Mumbai came under pressure.
Pollard and Krunal took over
There were 3 wickets for 81 runs, while Krunal Pandya and Kairan Pollard were the new batsmen on the field. Chennai bowlers could not hold both of them for long. Especially to Kieran Pollard. Pollard opened his hands blowing 3 sixes in the 13th over of Jadeja and Angidi hit two sixes in the very next over. Mumbai’s 100 runs were completed on seeing the thrill and once again the thrill in the match was returned.
Pollard hits the fastest half century of the season
When the game started after time out, in the 15th over, Shardul Thakur completed a half century in just 17 balls, hitting a six and 3 consecutive fours. It was also the fastest fifty of the season, with Jadeja getting 20 in the 13th over, Angidi 16-16 in the 14th and 16th over, while Shardul Thakur got 23 runs in the 15th over and the match changed.
However, in the 17th over, Sam Karan dismissed Krunal Pandya (54 runs, 23 balls, 2 fours and 2 sixes) and conceded just 2 runs, after which the pressure came on Mumbai. In the last 12 balls, Mumbai needed 31 runs to win.