Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians stand-in skipper, has explained the reason behind giving the new ball to in form pacer Jasprit Bumrah against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday. Pacers Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah had dismantled CSK top order on Friday. Jasprit Bumrah has 17 while Trent Boult has 16 wickets to their name.
Trent Boult who picked 4 wickets started the attack in the very first over itself, and Jasprit Bumrah who picked 2 wickets wreaked havoc in the second over as at one time the score read 3/4 in the 3rd over. The duo then derailed the top-half of the Chennai innings before the completion of the powerplay.
Kieron Pollard: Jasprit Bumrah Was Preferred To Tackle Ambati Rayudu Who Played Well Against MI Last Time
With CSK losing the first wicket in the first over itself, Ambati Rayudu came into bat at number three. The last time these two teams met in the ongoing IPL in the 0pening game of IPL 2020, he was the top scorer and had won the game for CSK. Kieron Pollard said that he knew Ambati Rayudu won Man of the Match for his 71 off 48 balls with 6 fours and 3 sixes against Mumbai Indians in the past, so he went ahead with the experienced pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Kieron Pollard said MI wasn’t thinking of Jasprit Bumrah bowling new ball but after the superb maiden first over from Trent Boult which included a wicket prompted him to think otherwise.
“It was good to see bowlers went and executed. We wanted to set the tone really really early as a bowling unit and we did that. Opening with our two main bowlers, obviously we weren’t thinking of Jasprit with the new ball but after that over from Trent Boult and getting that early wicket, Rayudu too has batted well against us in the past, just decided to go for him (Bumrah) and it worked,” explained Pollard during the post-match press conference.
Mumbai Indians asked CSK to bat first after winning the toss. Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard said he prefers chasing and he knew that CSK had a dismal outing in the last game when the MS Dhoni-led side batted first against Rajasthan Royals which worked in Mumbai Indians advantage. Kieron Pollard, who stood as captain in the absence of Rohit Sharma said he prefers chasing.
“We batted first the first time we played it was day game but scores have been a bit lower. I am a big believer that you are always in the game when you batting second. And I rather prefer to chase 160 then to defend 160. CSK didn’t bat in their last game too so putting them under pressure and then early wickets actually worked for us,” said Kieron Pollard.
CSK were reduced to 114/9 in the stipulated 20 overs with Sam Curran’s 52 off 47 balls enabling them to cross 100 runs mark. CSK were reduced to 3/4 in the 3rd over, and the score read 43/7 in the 9th over as CSK were looking to register their all-time lowest score. They were dismissed for 79 against the same opponents in 2013.
Kieron Pollard: Mumbai Indians Will Focus On Improving As A-Team
Ishan Kishan, who opened the innings in regular skipper Rohit Sharma’s absence guided Mumbai Indians to an easy victory with a powerful 68 of 37 balls with the help of 6 fours and 5 sixes over CSK here at Sharjah Cricket Ground.
Interestingly, Quinton De Kock faced the same number of balls but scored unbeaten 46. With this win, Mumbai Indians regained the top spot as Delhi Capitals are now placed second in the points table. Both the teams have 14 points from 10 games.
“Our focus areas will be always be improving as a team, thinking about what we need to do as a team. So as a team we try to take one step at a time. No thought as of now to try the bench strength,” said Pollard.
Mumbai Indians will next face Rajasthan Royals on Sunday 25th October. Mumbai Indians are now atop the points table with 14 points from 7 wins in 10 matches while CSK’s chances of qualifying for playoffs is more or less over as they are languishing at the bottom with only six points with only three wins and eight defeats in 11 matches.