IPL 2021: Kieron Pollard Thanks Almighty For Giving Him The Strength After Faf du Plessis Dropped Him On 68
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Kieron Pollard Thanks Almighty For Giving Him The Strength After Faf du Plessis Dropped Him On 68

Kieron Pollard
Hyderabad: Mumbai Indians' Kieron Pollard during the Final match of IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, on May 12, 2019. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Kieron Pollard thanked ‘almighty’ for giving him strength after starring in Mumbai Indians’ record-breaking 219-run chase against Chennai Super Kings in Delhi on Friday. He said that he was fortunate as Faf du Plessis dropped him on 68 during MI’s innings.

A delighted Kieron Pollard thanked the almighty, saying he was fortunate enough that Faf du Plessis gave him another chance to complete the record 219-run chase for Mumbai Indians by dropping him in Delhi. He hoped that back-to-back wins will help MI retain the momentum at the midway of the league stage of IPL 2021.

Mumbai Indians' Kieron Pollard after playing a match-winning knock against Chennai Super Kings in their IPL 2021 match. Sportzpics for IPL
Mumbai Indians Kieron Pollard after playing a match-winning knock against Chennai Super Kings in their IPL 2021 match.
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Kieron Pollard Thanks Almighty For Giving Him Strength

Kieron Pollard singlehandedly powered Mumbai Indians to an astonishing four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings, belting the ongoing IPL’s fastest half-century. Notably, Faf du Plessis, with one of the safest hands manning the boundary, dropped him at long-on off the penultimate ball of the 18th over, when the MI all-rounder was batting on 68.

“First of all, I want to thank the almighty for watching over me and giving me the strength. So, yeah, started to bowl [laughs]. Obviously being a small ground, we thought it was the best time for the seamer to bowl,” Kieron Pollard said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Faf du Plessis dropped Kieron Pollard on 68 and that proved to be the turning point for Chennai Super Kings whose 5-match winning run came to an end.

Kieron Pollard Is Maximizing Hitting Through Off Side And Hopes 2 Wins In The Last 2 Games Will Give MI The Necessary Momentum

Kieron Pollard targetted the spinners on the small ground and wanted to hit as many sixes against Ravindra Jadeja. He conceded that bowlers bowl wide in the nets and hence, gain practice from it. At one stage, Mumbai was struggling at 81/3, but all-rounder Kieron Pollard turned the tables with his power-hitting at the Arun Jaitley Stadium’s batting paradise.

“They have four overs of spin on a small ground and I looked to hit some sixes against spin. I had to maximize that over from Jadeja. That would always keep us in the game. Each and every time as an individual you have to evolve. Guys bowl wide and a lot of practice goes into it,” Kieron Pollard added.

“I can’t say I’m 360, but I’m maximizing it [hitting through the off side]. I was fortunate Faf gave me the chance. Good wicket, but the bowlers didn’t do well for us. It was about time the batting stood out. Two wins in the last two games hopefully gives us the momentum into the back end of the tournament,” Pollard further said.

Ambati Rayudu
Ambati Rayudu (BCCI Photo)

Ambati Rayudu’s 72 went in vain as MS Dhoni’s men suffered a heartbreak. Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu came up with one of the finest big-hitting displays to propel the 3-time champions to 218 after it looked like CSK would be restricted to less than 180 runs. Ambati Rayudu hit 7 sixes for his 27-ball 62 not after hitting his fifty in just 20 balls. He took the aggressor’s role in his 102-run unbeaten stand with Ravindra Jadeja that came in just 48 balls.

Kieron Pollard was the unanimous choice for MOM for his valiant 87* and 2/12 as he took Faf Du Plessis and Suresh Raina’s wicket besides the valiant knock.

Kieron Pollard hit nearly everything that was bowled at him on Saturday as he hit 8 sixes and 6 boundaries to pull off one of the most spectacular chases in the IPL history. His blitz ensured Mumbai Indians complete the highest successful chase on Indian soil in the tournament. Kieron Pollard denied singles in the final over and backed himself to get the required 16 runs and he did so in emphatic style.

Brief Scores:  Mumbai Indians: 219/6 (Kieron Pollard 87*, Quinton de Kock 38; Sam Curran 3-34) beat Chennai Super Kings: 218/4 (Ambati Rayudu 72, Moeen Ali 58; Kieron Pollard 2-12) by 4 wickets.