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IPL 2021: Kieron Pollard’s blistering 87 against CSK helps MI complete 2nd highest run chase in IPL history

New Delhi: Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard played a blistering knock to help his side complete a record chase against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Saturday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

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Kieron Pollard (Photo Credit: IPL Twitter)

New Delhi: Mumbai Indians allrounder Kieron Pollard played a blistering knock to help his side complete a record chase against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Saturday in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Pollard slammed the fastest half-century of IPL 2021 in a classic high-octane clash between MS Dhoni’s CSK and Rohit Sharma’s MI.

In chase of a mammoth total of 219, the veteran Windies allrounder raced to his half-century off just 17 deliveries and remained unbeaten on 87 off 34 deliveries.

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Mumbai Indians needed 16 runs in the final over and Pollard whacked Lungi Ngidi for two boundaries and a six before running two off the last ball to seal the win for his side.

CSK rode on Ambati Rayudu’s unbeaten 72 off 27 balls to post 218/4, but it was overshadowed by Pollard’s devastating knock, as he smashed six fours and eight sixes to build on a strong 71-run opening stand.

This was also the second highest run-chase in the history of the IPL.

At one stage, MI were teetering at 81/3, but Pollard turned the tables with his power-hitting at the Arun Jaitley Stadium’s batting paradise. Krunal Pandya (32) and Hardik Pandya (16) too played their part.

The carnage started when Pollard smashed three towering sixes off Ravindra Jadeja in the 13th over, which fetched Mumbai 20 runs. Next, he smashed two successive sixes off Lungi Ngidi and then took on Shardul Thakur in the 15th over, as Mumbai got 23.

Despite Krunal’s departure, Pollard, who got a life on 68, kept playing his shots as the equation came down to 31 off the last two overs. Mumbai openers Quinton De Kock (38; 4×4; 1×6) and Rohit Sharma (35; 4×4; 1×6) started on an aggressive note as they raced to 58 in six overs.

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Rohit was hitting boundaries at will. The Mumbaikar hit Lungi Ngidi for a six over mid-wicket in the sixth over, while De Kock too played his shots. The duo plundered runs at will as the five-time champions looked on course for a successful chase.

However, Shardul Thakur broke the stand by dismissing Rohit, who holed in the deep to Ruturaj Gaikwad.

Suryakumar Yadav (3) fell cheaply and Moeen Ali then removed De Kock as Mumbai slipped to 81/3 in the 10th over. Pollard took over from there.

(With PTI Inputs)