IPL 2021, MI vs CSK: Pollard storm ends CSK’s winning streak

IPL 2021 Kieron Pollard
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Kieron Pollard raked up a storm in Delhi to end CSK’s winning streak on Saturday. Chasing 219, Mumbai rode Pollard’s 87* off 34 balls to beat Chennai by 4 wickets. Earlier, Ambati Rayudu’s 72, Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali’s fifties helped CSK post 218. Pollard was adjudged the man of the match.

Pollard power

With 219 to chase, Mumbai got a flying start from Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock. The pair put up 71 runs together and never let the run rate out of sight. However, Chennai did make some inroads when Rohit was dismissed. 

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Suryakumar Yadav followed his captain back to the hut soon. It was Quinton and Krunal who worked the middle overs, but de Kock also perished in the 10th over. Krunal and Pollard kneaded a crucial 89 runs stand off 44. Pollard kept Mumbai in the hunt.

Chasing 200+ score is always a pressure and Chennai seemed to be closer to the win. When Krunal perished, Hardik Panyda came in to hit two sixes. But Hardik too departed after a short stay. It was Pollard all the way from there. The Windies international hit 8 sixes and 6 fours in his unbeaten 87*. He singlehandedly ensured Mumbai got home.

Rayudu lifts Chennai 

Ruturaj Gaekwad departed in the first over of the innings. Trent Boult’s pace undid Gaekwad as he top-edged the ball to Pandya. Moeen and Faf then held the for CSK. They put up 108 off 61 balls together. Mumbai managed to get some wickets after that. Moeen, Du Plessis departed after scoring fifties. Suresh Raina too went back cheaply. 

It was Rayudu how stood tall and timed the ball brilliantly. He hammered 7 sixes and 4 fours in his unbeaten 72 off 27. He was supported by Ravindra Jadeja from the other end. 

Rayudu belted 3rd fifty for Chennai, with Raina and Dhoni ahead of him. Jasrprit Bumrah had a night to forget. He conceded his most expensive spell in T20s.

Scorecard:

Chennai Super Kings 218/4 in 20 overs (Ambati Rayudu 72*, Moeen Ali 58; Kieron Pollard 2-12)

 Mumbai Indians 219/6 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 87*, Quinton de Kock 38; Sam Curran 3-34)