|Ambati Rayudu||not out||72||27||4||7|
|Ravindra Jadeja||not out||22||22||2||0|
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Kieron Pollard is the MAN OF THE MATCH, says that he wants to thank God Almighty. About his bowling, says that he wanted to slip in a couple of overs and he is happy to get two wickets. Says that he wanted to attack the spinners first and then take it to the pacers. Tells that every individual has to evolve and he has worked hard on his off side game. Further goes on to say that he did not take the single in the last over as he backed himself to get the team over the line. Says that the pitch was good and it was understandable that their bowlers didn't do too well in the game.
Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai skipper, tells that he has never seen a chase like this and terms the innings as one of the best by Pollard. Says that it was a good wicket for batting and a tough one for the bowlers. Feels they got off to a decent start. Says that they had a brief chat after their bowling where they had decided to go there and express themselves in the middle. Tells that Krunal and Pollard's stand was crucial. On Krunal coming ahead of Pollard, Rohit says that they back Krunal as he is in a good form and he can change the term of the game. Says on wickets like these, the bowlers will be under pressure but they back them to get the job done back.
Hardik Pandya comes up for a chat now. He says that he is pumped after winning such a game and adds that he might be pumped for the rest of the night. Says that when Pollard does someone like this, one is left speechless. Tells that he would have loved to finish the game. Adds that one of his sixes came off the bottom of the bat and still, went all the way. Feels that this game was very important and doing something like this is special.
MS Dhoni, the Chennai skipper, starts by saying that it was a brilliant wicket. Tells that they knew it is going to be a close game unless Mumbai lose a few quick wickets. Feels he doesn't want to be tough on the bowlers and says if they had taken the catches, things would've got better for them. Feels since this may not hurt them much provided they are on top of the table but feels they will learn from it. Mentions once again that the wicket was really good for batting. Says when you have 14 games in a tournament like this, you will get games like these but adds these are the learning you get. Tells that they do not look at the points table and they take it one game at a time.
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Mumbai bowlers had a terrible day at the office. Apart from Pollard and Chahar, all the bowlers used were smashed all over the park. Pollard got 2 in his 2 overs but Mumbai failed to finish things off well with the likes of Boult, Bumrah and Dhawal taken to the cleaners. Bumrah gave away 56 in his 4 overs, the highest in his Indian T20 League career. However, their batters, led by Pollard, scaled down the mountain.
Earlier in the game, on the back of some brilliant knocks from Moeen, Faf and Rayudu, Chennai posted a mammoth score on the board. First, it was Moeen and Faf who set the tone. Chennai lost the plot for a moment but Rayudu played an unbelievable knock to provide a brilliant finish. However, that target too was breached by strong Mumbai batting.
It was a tough start for Chennai bowlers as the Mumbai openers were off to a flying start. However, Shardul got them the breakthrough and then they got two more in the next two overs. After that, came the Pollard mayhem. Every bowler was taken apart by the big man. However, even then, the target was a massive one. Curran bowled a superb 17th over where he gave just 2 runs and took a wicket. However, Shardul was spanked for 17 in the 18th over. Curran went for 14 in the penultimate over before taking two wickets in the over. Ngidi had to defend 16 in the final over. But he couldn't.
Chasing the total, Mumbai got off to a flying start as the openers added 50-plus in the Powerplay. However, Mumbai lost Rohit, Suryakumar and de Kock in 3 successive overs and it looked like the chase will get derailed. But right then, Pollard walked in and took the attack to the opposition. With Krunal, he added 89 off just 41 balls and kept Mumbai in the chase. He lost Hardik too. But he continued. He was there and he was determined. And he did it for his side. Like he has done so many times. Sensational knock to help Mumbai get over the line on the last ball of the match.
Kieron Pollard, you champion! What a knock! What a sensational knock! If there was one team that could've chased this total, it was Mumbai and if there was ever a batter who could have helped the team, it had to be Pollard. Wow. The stuff of champions from Pollard. Take a bow, big man! And Mumbai has stopped the Chennai juggernaut here.
POLLARD HAS DONE IT! Fuller ball, on the stumps. Pollard manages it hit it towards long on. It is not off the middle and it goes towards long on slowly. The fielders are deep on the boundaries. The man from long on runs in and throws the ball to the bowler's end but Dhawal Kulkarni has made it back in time. MUMBAI WIN BY 4 WICKETS! What a game! Hope you have your nails intact after this one. 219/6
SIX! All the way! Lungi Ngidi bowls a full toss, down the leg stump. Pollard smacks it over the square leg fence. It isn't a waist high no ball so 2 required of the last ball.
Another dot ball! 8 off 2 now! Full toss, on the stumps. Pollard clips it down to deep square leg. Shardul Thakur goes for the catch but the ball drops well short of him. He doesn't take the single again.
FOUR! Poor bowling by Lungi Ngidi! Full toss, down the leg side. Pollard clips it down to the fine leg fence.
FOUR! Oh dear, that is so unfair for the bowler! An excellent yorker, on the stumps. Pollard squeezes it down to the fine leg fence.
Dot ball! Yorker, on the stumps. Pollard clips it to deep square leg but doesn't take the one.
16 needed in the final over. Who will bowl the over? Till the time Pollard is there, Mumbai are always in the game. It is Lungi Ngidi. Hasn't been his neight. He has been smashed for 46 in his 3 overs. Dhawal Kulkarni has replaced Neesham in the middle.
OUT! TAKEN! But it will be Pollard on strike as they didn't cross over! Fuller ball, on the stumps. James Neesham looks to scoop it to fine leg but ends up hitting it straight to Shardul Thakur at deep square leg. He doesn't drop that. 16 needed in the last over and Pollard will be on strike. 203/6
Yorker, on the pads. Excellent bowling and all that Pollard can do is clip it to square leg for one. Big delivery coming up now.
James Neesham, on debut for Mumbai, joins Pollard in the middle.
OUT! TAKEN! This time Faf du Plessis takes it! Is there a chance for Chennai to win this now? Fuller ball, on off. Hardik Pandya doesn't get under it and chips it to long off. Faf du Plessis runs in, dives and takes a good catch. 17 needed in 8.
Fuller ball, on off. Drilled to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
SIX! Oh that is massive! Length ball, on the pads. Pandya flicks it all the way over square leg fence.
SIX! BANG! Hardik begins the over with a biggie. What a blow. A length ball, outside off, Hardik powers it over long off for a biggie.
Will it be Curran for the penultimate over? Yes. Sam Curran it is.
Play and a miss! A dot. Very vital. Slower and fuller outside off, Pollard swings hard but makes no connection. 31 needed in 2 overs. 188/4
Short ball, on the stumps. It goes way over Pollard. Wided.
Dropped! Faf du Plessis has dropped one! I repeat, Faf du Plessis has dropped one! Has he dropped the game? Looks like that, given how Pollard is batting. Shorter ball, outside off. Kieron Pollard miscues his pull and the ball goes high in the air wide of long on. Faf du Plessis runs across to his right, dives and even gets his fingers to it but drops. We have seen him taking tougher catches than this but such is the game of cricket.
Shorter ball, outside off. Pulled to deep mid-wicket for a couple.
FOUR! Bullet! That went like a bullet! Fuller, on off. Pollard drills it down the ground. The ball goes to the long off fence in no time.
SIX! Down the ground! Don't bowl anything in his arc. Shardul does. Full and outside off, Pollard pumps it over long off for a flat six.
Review time! Dhoni was not keen but Shardul appealed. And Dhoni went for the review. Nothing on Ultra Edge. Chennai lose the review.
NOT OUT! Nothing on the Ultra Edge and Pollard is safe! Shardul doesn't want to bowl anything in the slot. He bowls one wide outside off, on a length. Pollard misses his cut and the umpire gives it a wide. Rayudu forces Dhoni to take the review. The replay rolls in and there is nothing on Ultra Edge. Pollard is safe and Chennai lose a review.
Shorter ball, outside off. Hardik pulls it to wide of long on. Faf du Plessis runs across and does well to keep it down to one.
Who will bowl the 18th? It is Shardul Thakur.
What an over by Sam Curran! Just two runs and a wicket from it! Fuller ball, on the pads. Pollard misses his flick and the ball hits his pads. Curran runs up to the ball to show a bit of aggression to the big man. 171/4
Fuller ball, on the pads. Clipped away to deep mid-wicket for one. Big delivery coming up.
Slower length ball, around off. Hardik Pandya is early in his front foot defence and is beaten.
Hardik Pandya replaces brother Krunal. He is not in a great form. But he has got the platform here. Mumbai need him to go big. Can he do that?
OUT! LBW! Oh this young Sam Curran can bowl! He bowls an absolutely unplayable yorker on the stumps. Krunal Pandya misses his flick and is hit on the pads. The umpire has no doubt this one and raises his finger. Krunal Pandya knows that it is dead straight and decided not to review it.
A wide yorker this time. Pollard carves it to cover for one.
Yorker, right on the base of the stumps. Kieron Pollard mistimes his slog and digs it back to the bowler.
Will Shardul Thakur bowl out? No, here comes Sam Curran.
FOUR! That went miles in the air but Gaikwad fails to hold on. A slower one and shortish in length. Krunal goes for the pull but is beaten for the pace. He ends up sending it high in the air to the left of deep mid-wicket. Gaikdwad runs that side and tries to catch but fails. And the ball bounces away to the fence. 169/3
One more single! Short ball, pulled to deep square leg for one.
Full and outside off, drilled to deep cover for one.
FOUR! Poor bowling from Ngidi. He once again goes for the short ball. Down the leg side. Krunal pulls. He fails to middle it but it doesn't matter because he has managed to hit it wide of short fine leg for a boundary.
Swing and a miss! Slower fuller one outside off, Krunal swings hard, only to connect with thin air.
SIX! Krunal joins the act now. Ngidi runs in and bowls it short and on the leg side. Krunal pulls it and it goes high in the air and over fine leg. Poor ball though. With fine leg inside the ring, this won't help.
Will Lungi Ngidi bowl after going for 16 in his last over? Yes, here he comes.
Single to end the over! 23 off it. Full and around off, stroked to deep cover for a single. 66 needed in 30 balls. 153/3
Short and around off, pulled down to long on for one. 22 off the over so far.
WIDE! Shardul once again bowls it wide outside off, Pollard this time tries to go after it. Makes no connection but it is wide outside off. Left alone.
FOUR! FIFTY FOR POLLARD! In just 17 balls, fastest this season. What a knock. A short ball on middle, Pollard swivels and nails it over square leg and finds the fence. Superb knock. He needs to continue though.
EDGY FOUR! Pollard and Mumbai will take it. Fortune favoring the big man here. A length ball, Pollard once again tries to slog it on the leg side but ends up getting a thick outside edge. The ball flies to the third man fence. Pollard moves to 49.
WIDE! Shardul once again tries to keep it away from Pollard but once again sprays it a bit too outside off. Wided by the umpire. Pressure.
FOUR! Slammed away! Full and wide outside off, he drills it through the covers and finds the fence. The fielder, Moeen should've stopped that but he fails. Runs coming thick and fast for Mumbai now.
SIX! BANG! Massive! Pollard is on fire here. 6th biggie for him and he has turned the heat on opposition. Full and around off, right in the slot. Pollard says thank you very much and hammers it over long off for a massive six.
WIDE! Thakur tries to stay away from the firing line but bowls it outside the tramline. Pollard tries to reach out and hit but misses. Wided.
Will Jadeja bowl out? No, time for some pace as Shardul Thakur comes on. 2-0-16-1 for him so far.
Strategic Time-Out! This game is headed to an exciting finish. The way Pollard is batting, he can take the game away from Chennai in the next couple of overs. Getting him out will be Chennai's biggest priority as Hardik Pandya hasn't looked at his best in this season and James Neesham is playing his first game. The arithmetic might favour Chennai currently, but as long as Pollard is out there, the numbers don't matter.
Length ball, on off. Pushed to covers for one. 130/3
SIX! Powerful stroke! He moves to 34 of just 12! Fuller ball, on off. Pollard smokes it over the long on fence.
SIX! Dispatched! That sounded so sweet! Slower length ball, outside off. Pulled away over the mid-wicket fence.
Slower length ball, on off. Krunal Pandya is beaten for the lack of pace and ends up chipping it towards cover for one.
Slower ball, short of a length and outside off. Pulled away to deep mid-wicket for one.
Lungi Ngidi is back on.
Length ball, on the pads. Krunal Pandya looks to pull it away but gets the bottom edge. The ball rolls to the off side and they take on.
SIX! That is even bigger! Fuller ball, on the stumps. Pollard smokes it over long on. 105 needed in 42. 114/3
SIX! Just over the fielder! Fuller ball, outside off. Kieron Pollard carves it over the leaping deep cover fielder for a maximum.
Flatter ball, outside off. Kieron Pollard gets the inside edge while looking to cut it.
SIX! MASSIVE! That was hit with some power! Fires one, on the stumps. Kieron Pollard gives himself room and smokes it cover fence.
Fuller ball, down the leg side. Swept away to fine leg for one.
Calling that a drop would be harsh on Jadeja! Fuller ball, on off. Pollard hits it like a rocket down the ground. The ball goes through Jadeja's hands but there is a straight long on to keep it down to one.
Yorker, right on the stumps. Pollard comes down the track and clips it to deep mid-wicket for one. 125 needed in 48. The required rate is over 15 now. 94/3
Fuller and wider outside off. Krunal ends up slicing it to deep point for one.
Good length ball, Krunal crashes it to deep cover. Ravindra Jadeja runs across, dives and keeps it down to a couple.
Play and a miss! Slower bouncer, outside off. Krunal Pandya swings hard at it but misses.
Shorter ball, outside off. Krunal goes for the pull but misses.
SIX! Stunning stroke! Length ball, on off. Krunal hits it through the line, all the way over long off.
Shardul Thakur is back on.
Floated around middle, pushed to long on for one. Just 3 singles from the over. 84/3
Shortish and around middle, punched down to long on for one.
Short ball, pulled to deep mid-wicket for a single.
Three dots in a row! Pressure is behind applied. Full and just outside off, Krunal drives it hard but finds the cover fielder.
Krunal tries to reverse sweep. He decides that way too early. Jadeja smartly bowls it on the pad. Krunal tries to adjust and sweep but fails to make a proper connection. It takes the toe end and rolls near the keeper.
Flat and around off, Krunal comes down the track and punches it to mid off.
Dot to end the 10th. Flat and around off, pushed to mid on. Just a run and the big wicket of de Kock. 138 needed in final 10. 81/3
Floated around off, blocked.
Will Hardik join his brother in the middle or will we see Kieron Pollard come out? The big man, Pollard it is.
OUT! CAUGHT AND BOWLED! Another one bites the dust now. It is Moeen who gets a wicket in his first over. Set de Kock has been prized out now. Full ball, around middle and leg, de Kock looks to work it on the leg side but he closes the bat face early and chips it straight back to the bowler. Moeen is not going to drop these. He catches it and lobs it in the air to celebrate. Three wickets in three overs for Chennai here.
On off, tapped back to the bowler.
Flat and around off, clipped to the left of the bowler for a quick single.
On middle and leg, Pandya looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pad.
Change. Spin from both ends as Moeen Ali comes on.
Flat and around middle, de Kock tucks it to square leg and calls for two. 6 runs and a wicket from the over. 80/2
Full and on the pads, Krunal flicks it to long on for one.
Will we see Hardik Pandya come up the order? No, here comes his brother, Krunal Pandya.
OUT! TAKEN! Jadeja has a wicket now! Big, big wicket. Chennai pulling things back nicely here. Tough catch but MS makes it look simple. This is just around off, slightly short. It lands and spins away. Yadav looks to drive but the ball takes the inside edge and goes behind. Dhoni takes it nicely and appeals. Suryakumar starts to walk. Jadeja making things happen again.
On the pads, flicked to square leg for a single.
Tossed up and outside off, Yadav sweeps it for a single as deep square leg does well to keep it inside the boundary.
Flat and around middle, flicked on the leg side for one.
Ravindra Jadeja to roll his arm over.
Nicely done! Length ball around off, Suryaumar punches it wide of long on for two to open his account. End of a successul over from Thakur. 145 needed in 72 balls. 74/1
Good length and around off, pushed on the off side for one.
Who will join Quinton de Kock in the middle? Suryakumar Yadav it is.
OUT! TAKEN! Shardul strikes in his first over. Dangerous Rohit has been removed. A full ball, outside off, Rohit looks to hammer it over extra cover but the bat turns in his hands and he ends up slicing it high in the air, towards the left of deep cover. Gaikwad moves that side and pouches the ball easily. Another scratchy knock from the Mumbai skipper is over.
Full and around middle, whipped to deep mid-wicket. They will only get a single.
One more single! Full ball, on the pads of Rohit. He flicks it to deep mid-wicket and gets to the other end.
Shortish and outside off, slashed to deep cover for one.
Shardul Thakur is on now.
Strategic Time Out! An excellent stand by Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock have put Mumbai in a comfortable position. Chennai needs to strike soon if they want to get back in the game. Mumbai would want these two to continue as long as possible.
Fuller ball, on off. Clipped wide of long on. The fielder runs across but fumbles while collecting it and that allows the batters to get back for the second. 68/0
Slower length ball, down the leg side. Rohit Sharma misses his pull and the umpires calls it a wide.
Beaten! Serves a length ball, around off. Rohit looks to defend it from the crease but is beaten.
Short and wide outside off. De Kock pulls it across the line to deep mid-wicket for one.
FOUR! Gift for de Kock and he accepts! Full toss, on the stumps. Flicked away to the square leg fence.
Good length ball, on the stumps. Rohit clips it to square leg for one.
Fuller ball, on off. Pushed to long off for one.
Will Chahar bowl out? Yes, he will.
Slower length ball, outside off. Pushed to covers for one. 58/0
FOUR! Dispatched! Short ball, outside off. De Kock pulls it to the right of mid on for a boundary.
Back of a length, around off. Pushed down to long on.
Length ball, outside off. De Kock cuts it away but Raina runs across and dives to stop the ball. A single is taken.
Short of a length, outside off. Rohit pulls it awkwardly to deep mid-wicket for one.
SIX! That is some way to welcome the bowler! Length ball, in the slot. Rohit Sharma whacks it over the long on fence. 50 up for Mumbai.
Who will bowl the final over of the Powerplay? Dhoni gives the ball to Ngidi.
Full one, swinging on the pads. Clipped away to deep mid-wicket for one. 44/0
Short ball, outside off. Pulled away to deep mid-wicket for one.
He is trying everything out there! Length ball, on off. De Kock plays the reverse-pull to short third man.
Fuller ball, on off. Quinton de Kock pushes it to mid on.
Fuller ball, on the stumps. Clipped away to deep mid-wicket for one.
Shorter ball, around off. Quinton de Kock miscues his pull and the ball goes to mid-wicket for one.
Low full toss, on off. Pushed to mid on. 40/0
FOUR! Tell you what, he hasn't middled that one but it still goes to the ropes. Slower length ball, on off. Rohit Sharma miscues his pull and the ball goes past mid-wicket. Moeen Ali gives it a chase, dives for it but the ball wins the race.
FOUR! Edged and Four! Short of a length, outside off. Rohit Sharma comes down the track and swings hard at it. The ball takes the top edge and goes to the third man fence.
Good length ball, on off. Rohit miscues his pull and the ball goes back to the bowler.
Low full toss, on the pads. De Kock clips it to fine leg for one.
Short of a length, outside off. Cut away to deep point for one.
SIX! How did that go all the way? Full ball, outside off, de Kock moves inside the line and scoops it behind the stumps. Didn't get it off the middle but clears the fence easily. 15 off the over. 30/0
Full and on the pads, flicked through mid-wicket for one.
Review time! Rohit Sharma has reviewed this decision. There is a spike on Ultra Edge.
NOT OUT! There is a spike as the ball gets close to the bat. Well, well. Rohit wasn't sure about it but he will take it. Rohit survives. A fullish ball on middle and leg, Rohit looks to flick but his head falls over and he misses. Gets hit on the back leg. A massive, massive appeal follows and the umpire rasies his finger. Rohit has a word with his partner, a long chat. With just 3 seconds left on the timer, he decides to review. Replays roll in. A spike on Ultra Edge. Rohit survives and he smiles too. He wasn't sure if he hit it and hence he had to discuss with his partner for a long time.
Third time! Yes, Chahar has lost his runup for the third time so far. Not sure what's wrong. He is holding his right leg.
Around off on a length, Rohit is happy to block it off the front foot.
FOUR! Deft this time. Nothing streaky about it. Length ball, outside off, Rohit waits and then guides it between first slip and short third man. Knew where the fielder was and hit it right between them.
EDGED AND FOUR! Streaky boundary for Rohit. Fuller and just outside off, Rohit looks to slam it over mid off but the ball takes the thick outside edge and flies wide of first slip for a boundary.
Good end to the over. A tight one from Sam. Just 7 off it. Good length and around off, pushed to the cover region. 15/0
WIDE! Good length ball, well outside off. Left alone. Called wide.
Full and wide outside off, drilled to deep cover for a single.
Full and around off, pushed to mid off for a quick single.
Length and around off, tapped on the off side.
FOUR! De Kock finds the fence this time. A full ball, outside off, de Kock reaches out and squeezes it through backward point. He hits it wide of deep point who runs to his right but is beaten.
Lovely drive but for nothing because de Kock finds the cover fielder. Sam begins his spell with an overpitched ball outside off, de Kock creams it straight to the cover fielder.
Who will share the new ball? Sam Curran it is.
Dot to end the opening over. Length ball around off, Rohit works it to mid-wicket. 8/0
Rohit is up and running with a brace. A fuller ball on middle, he clips it through mid-wicket and scampers back for two.
Gets the line right and beats Rohit with this shortish length. It is angled away. Rohit is rooted in the crease as he tried to cut. Misses and is beaten for the outside edge.
Chahar loses his run up again! 2nd time in the over.
WIDE! Deepak misses the line for the right-hander. A full ball down the leg side. Rohit misses his flick. Wided.
Shortish and just outside off, de Kock looks to punch it through the off side but ends up getting it off the bottom of the bat. It rolls on the off side and they take a quick single.
Good length and wide outside off, de Kock pushes it to cover.
FOUR! Mumbai and de Kock are away, away with a boundary. A full ball, on the pads of the left-hander. De Kock flicks it through square leg and opens the account with a boundary.