Player of the Match: Kieron Pollard 2/12 (2) & 87*(34)
A terrific knock by Keiron Pollard outshines CSK in the last ball thriller.
Only one word to describe this match, incredible!! A perfect finish to the El Clasico of IPL history. Mumbai prevailed their domination on Chennai, courtesy of Kieron Pollard.
CSK were favorites after the first innings because of some sensational hitting by Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali in the initial stages of the innings and destructive batting by Ambati Rayudu at the end.
But Mumbai Indians showed them why they are the most successful team in the history of IPL.
Let’s have an eye on how the thrill began?
Mumbai Indians won the toss and invited Chennai Super Kings to bat first. Mumbai had some “tactical changes” in the match, with Nathan Coulter Nile and Jayant Yadav making way for Jimmy Neesham and Dhaval Kulkarni.
CSKs in form opener Rututaj Gaikwad started his innings by an excellent boundary against Trent Boult but was trapped by the left-hander on the 4th ball of the over.
Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali mastered Mumbai bowlers
After the fall of an early wicket, du Plessis and Moeen carried the CSK innings. Both the batsmen commanded the Mumbai bowlers and targeting each of them and hitting at least a couple of boundaries in each over.
By the end of the powerplay, CSK was on 49-1, and both the batters were settled on the crease. Moeen was in another form that night; he dominated every bowler and completed his fifty in just 33 deliveries in the 10th over by Jimmy Neesham, who conceded 18 runs in that over.
Due to this blistering inning by Moeen Ali, CSK completed 95 runs for one loss after ten overs, and the duo added 108 runs for the second wicket.
Mumbai, in search of a breakthrough, gave the ball in the hands of JaspritBumrah. He was welcomed with two consecutive sixes and a boundary by du Plessis, but when the strike changed, he got Moeen Ali’s 58(36) wicket.
Mini comeback by Mumbai
In the next over, the ball was in the hands of Kieron Pollard. In his over, Faf du Plessis scored his fourth consecutive fifty in IPL 2021. But in the last two balls of the over, Pollard trapped du Plessis 50(28) and Suresh Raina3(3) by his slower deliveries.
Mumbai made a comeback to the game with these three successive wickets, but they were unaware of the thunder waiting for them.
Rayudu didn’t have a desired season with the bat before this match, but he turned the table in this match. He was firing with his bat, that too against the world-class bowlers. The clear evidence is that JaspritBumrah conceded 21 runs and Trent Boult 20 runs in their respective third overs.
Ravindra Jadeja was playing a supportive role by scoring a run-a-ball 22 runs. Rayudu 72*(27) registered his fifty in just 20 balls and made a 102-run stand with Jadeja.
With 92 runs coming from the last six overs, CSK put a massive total of 218-4 on the board.
Salvo starts to Mumbai Indians.
In reply to disastrous batting by CSK, Mumbai also had a great start. MI initiated the innings with a boundary coming from de Kock against Deepak Chahar. Rohit, too was looking aggressive with the bat.
The duo helped Mumbai have an excellent start, with 59 runs coming in the first 6 overs without any losses.
Mumbai struggles in the middle.
After the timeout, in the eighth over by Shardul Thakur, he dismissed captain Rohit on 35(24). In the next over, Ravindra Jadeja trapped Suryakumar Yadav 3(3) by fast drift delivery. The following over by Moeen Ali saw the wicket of de Kock on 38(28).
Three wickets in three consecutive overs put Mumbai on the back foot, and they needed 125 runs in the last 8 overs.
Kieron Pollard thunders
Mumbai had Krunal and Pollard on the crease to get their target. Pollard took charge of getting the target and smashed the Chennai bowlers. His first prey was Ravindra Jadeja; 13th over, Pollard smashed 3 sixes and taking 20 runs from his over.
Pollard continued to hit at least one big hit and a boundary in each over from there. He completed his fifty with a boundary in just 17 balls, the fastest half-century in IPL 2021.
Krunal too joined Pollard in hard-hitting after a crawling inning of 17*(17).
The equation turned out to 50 runs required from the last 4 overs.
Sam Curran dismissed Krunal Pandya for 32(23) and gave just two runs in his over. In the next over, Pollard was dropped by du Plessis and turned out to be the match-changing moment.
With 31 needed off the final two overs, Hardik 16(7) smashed two consecutive sixes before getting out by Sam Curran. Sam, too sent Jimmy Neesham for a golden duck.
MI needed 16 runs from the last 6 balls, and Pollard took the whole responsibility to complete this target and was successful in doing so.
Mumbai registered their fourth win in IPL 2021, with their highest run chase in IPL history.
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