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Brilliant Pollard takes Mumbai Indians to first win

Toss: Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first.

Mumbai Indians: 148-6 (Pollard 57, Karthik 37)

The Mumbai Indians lost Sachin Tendulkar in the first over and they never quite recovered. The master batsman walked off looking very unhappy. But little did he know that a lot m ore unhappiness was going to follow. Ricky Ponting and Rohit Sharma were back in the pavilion but Dinesh Karthik’s 37 raised some hope. However, when he was dismissed MI were just 59-4 after 8.2 overs. From that point on, it was all Pollard – the big West Indian couldn’t go all out but he showed that he has a good head on his shoulders… rotated the strike well and made a classy 57 off just 38 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes.

Pollard had a great game. BCCI

Pollard had a great game. BCCI

Chennai Super Kings: 139-9 after 20 overs (Dhoni 51, Hussey 20)

In reply, Chennai didn’t have the best of starts either and were quickly reduced to 66-5 before a 31-run partnership between Ravindra Jadeja and Mahendra Singh Dhoni got CSK back into the game. But then when Jadeja fell, Dhoni was left all alone. It didn’t seem to bother him too much as he sped to his 50 off just 24 balls. He controlled the situation magnificently and got CSK really close to victory before a brilliant catch by Pollard ended his innings and Chennai’s hopes.

Result: Mumbai won by 9 runs.

Turning point: Pollard played a brilliant innings with the bat and so did Dhoni. Ojha did brilliantly with the ball to take 2-16 in four overs. But the turning point of this game came really late in the day and it has to be Pollard’s brilliant catch to dismiss Dhoni off the first ball of the last over. It seemed like the bat was heading for another six – much like the last two overs where Dhoni had hit the first balls for a six – but Pollard intercepted and that was the match.

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