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Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets

MOM: Kieron Pollard

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  • That's all from this nail-biting contest. On Thursday, Rajasthan will get ready to host Chennai at 2000 IST (1430 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers!
  • Man of the Match and the victorious Mumbai skipper, Kieron Pollard says this knock is right up there among the best. Dedicates his innings to his wife who is celebrating her birthday today. States he enjoys batting at the Wankhede Stadium and promoted himself up the order to target the spinners. Further adds that he wanted to keep calm. Also says the wicket was a difficult one to bowl on and praises his bowlers for pulling things back but admits that they didn't end well. He is happy to end on the winning side. Ends by saying, Rohit is the captain of this team, he was rested for precautionary measures and he will gladly hand back the captaincy to him once Sharma returns.
  • Hardik Pandya, who is up for an interview as well, starts by crediting Pollard for the way he batted. On his own batting, Pandya mentions the situation demanded him to go from the first ball itself. Also adds that the way they recovered in the chase from a precarious situation and brought the equation down to 4 runs off 4 balls, he thought that the game was in the bag.
  • Ravichandran Ashwin says the injury to Ankit Rajpoot was a problem for them and getting three overs out of him in the Powerplay was a bonus. Reckons the total was just about par with the dew and adds that it's a tough ground to defend. Mentions they were good with the ball in bits and pieces but could not end it well. Also, says that Sam Curran was under the pump and it is not easy bowling against Pollard and hopes that he will learn from this experience. States there are a few positives like Rahul's batting and their bowling initially, however, they failed to close it well. Hopes that they can get back to winning ways at home. Ends by informing that Chris Gayle has twisted his back and they will have to check his condition.
  • Punjab will be disappointed with the outcome. They dominated for most parts during the run chase but failed to keep the same intensity in the end overs. Mohammed Shami (4-0-21-3) was exceptional but the same cannot be said for the other bowlers. When put under pressure, they just fell apart and that cost them the game. Here is what Ravichandran Ashwin has to say...
  • Earlier, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle went berserk and set the platform for a big score for Punjab. They stuttered a bit but then courtesy Rahul's century they posted 197 runs on the board. Chasing a stiff target, Mumbai kept losing wickets at regular intervals and always appeared behind the 8-ball. Kieron Pollard, though, held one end tightly and then unleashed when it mattered the most. His stands first with Hardik Pandya and then with Alzarri Joseph were very crucial in this run chase. Pollard getting dismissed in the final over made things interesting but with 4 needed off 4 balls, Alzarri finished the job on the last ball along with Rahul Chahar.
  • What a humdinger! Phew! A last-ball thriller is what we all want to watch and that's what was served tonight. A chase which didn't go according to the plan for Mumbai turned out to be quite close all thanks to Kieron Pollard. The West Indian promoted himself up the order and played one heck of a knock to achieve this victory.
  • 19.7ARajpoot to AJoseph

    MUMBAI WIN BY 3 WICKETS! What a win for them! The crowd has gone bonkers. The Mumbai players are running in the middle. Alzarri Joseph once again is the hero. Tremendous atmosphere at the Wankhede! You just have to love the thrill this format brings. Yet again a low full toss on middle, Joseph brings down a straight bat and pushes it down to long on. They run the first run hard, the fielder releases the throw from the deep but Rahul Chahar is off for the second run and reaches the bowler's end before the throw comes. Mad scenes.
  • 2 needed off the last ball... Tension everywhere... Rajput runs in, Joseph on strike...
  • 19.6ARajpoot to RChahar

    Terrific delivery, a low full toss on middle, Chahar only manages to work it through mid-wicket and takes a run.
  • 19.5ARajpoot to AJoseph

    Too full in length on off, Joseph forces it down to long on and crosses for a run. The crowd is getting restless. 3 needed off 2 balls. Anyone smelling a Super Over?
  • 19.4ARajpoot to AJoseph

    DOT BALL! Full toss on middle, Alzarri gets behind the line and pushes it back. Rajpoot runs across to his left and collects the ball. 4 needed off 3 balls.
  • Rahul Chahar is the new man in.
  • 19.3ARajpoot to KPollard

    OUT! Pollard is dismissed! Drama at the Wankhede! This game is not over yet. Rajpoot switches to over the wicket and delivers a short ball outside off. Pollard stands back to fetch it from there as he attempts to pull it over mid-wicket. He fails to gather enough power behind it and Miller in the deep takes his fourth catch of the evening. 4 needed off 4 balls.
  • 19.2ARajpoot to KPollard

    FOUR! A full toss on the pads, Pollard picks it up and smashes it behind square leg for a boundary. 4 needed off 5 balls.
  • 19.1ARajpoot to KPollard

    SIX! And it's a NO BALL! A low full toss on middle from 'round the wicket, Pollard mercilessly tonks it over mid-wicket for a biggie. Free Hit loading...
  • Nerves there for the young man. Rajpoot pulls out just before his delivery stride.
  • Ankit Rajpoot to bowl the last over! Huge responsibility on the young man's shoulders. He has 14 runs to defend. He has been off the field for a long time due to some injury. Will he be the hero?
  • 18.6SamCurran to AJoseph

    Very full in length and wide outside off, Alzarri reaches out for it and drives it towards point. Dot ball to end the over, 17 runs from it.
  • 18.5SamCurran to KPollard

    Curran switches to 'round the wicket and serves a very full ball outside off, Pollard drives it through covers and crosses. Joseph has the license to go the full monty on the last ball.
  • 18.4SamCurran to KPollard

    SIX! Into the night sky! Pollard is motoring. Curran showing his inexperience there. Continues to bowl in the slot. A length ball and it has been dispatched over mid-wicket. 16 needed off 8 balls.
  • 18.3SamCurran to KPollard

    SIX! No need to take singles if you can hit such big shots! 10 off first three balls, the crowd is going bonkers. Curran serves right in the slot for Pollard and he hoists it over long off.
  • 18.2SamCurran to KPollard

    Dot ball as Pollard denies a single. He powers a length ball over covers but finds the fielder in the deep.
  • 18.1SamCurran to KPollard

    FOUR! Pollard has taken matters in his own hands! Curran delivers it full and wide outside off, Kieron shuffles across a bit and rockets it over extra cover for a boundary. 28 needed off 11 balls.
  • 17.6MShami to AJoseph

    Full toss, Alzarri forces it out to sweeper cover and Pollard denies the run. Smart. Another fine over by Shami. He has bowled out now. 4-0-21-3, magnificent effort.
  • 17.5MShami to AJoseph

    A slower one, on a length around off, Joseph steps back and drags it down to wide long on for a couple.
  • 17.4MShami to AJoseph

    FOUR! That's the boundary Mumbai desperately needed. Shami bowls it on a length but wide outside off. The mid off is up and Joseph muscles it past the left side of that very fielder for a boundary.
  • 17.3MShami to AJoseph

    Play and a miss! Good delivery by Shami as long as the batsman is not middling it. Short and on middle, Joesph winds up for a big pull across the line but misses.
  • Change of ball in the middle of the over. Interesting. Too much dew? Meanwhile, the physio is also out to give some treatment to Shami's fingers.
  • 17.2MShami to KieronPollard

    Harsh to call that a dropped catch as it's hit with brute power. Back of a length delivery outside off, Pollard whacks it uppishly towards the bowler. Shami tries to catch but it brushes his left hand and deflects down to long off. A single taken.
  • 17.1MShami to AlzarriJoseph

    Excellent delivery. Spears in a very full ball on leg and gets it to angle down. Joseph fails to flick and it goes off his pads to the off side. The bowler appeals and the batsmen cross. Given as a run.
  • 16.6SamCurran to KPollard

    SIX! Seventh biggie for the big West Indian. Curran errs on the final ball and delivers a full toss around off. Pollard swivels and effortlessly sends the ball sailing over mid-wicket. 14th fifty in the League for the Monster from Trinidad!
  • 16.5SamCurran to KPollard

    Very well bowled. Curran serves a very full ball wide outside off, nearly yorker length, Pollard tries to reach out but misses.
  • 16.4SamCurran to AJoseph

    Too full in length outside off, Joseph opens the face of his bat and eases it down to third man for a run. Pollard back on strike, 46 needed off 20 balls.
  • 16.3SamCurran to AJoseph

    Curran smartly delivers a pacey delivery. A full toss outside off, Joseph pushes at it and gets beaten due to extra pace.
  • 16.2SamCurran to KPollard

    Slower delivery, on a length outside off, Pollard mistimes his shot this time over extra cover. Just a run.
  • 16.1SamCurran to KPollard

    SIX! Not from the middle of the bat but it still travels the distance. A length ball outside off, Kieron pounces onto it and dismisses it over long off.
  • Sam Curran is back.
  • 15.8MShami to AJoseph

    Some movement back into the batsman with good pace. Alzarri tries slogging but misses as it goes past the inside edge. Top over, two wickets and 9 runs from it.
  • 15.7MShami to AJoseph

    FOUR! That's uppish but safely goes to the fence. Short delivery on middle and leg, Joseph pulls it over backward square leg and Henriques (sub) rushes across to his right to attempt for the catch. But it falls just wide of his outstretched hands and goes to the boundary.
  • Alzarri Joseph is the new man in.
  • 15.6MShami to KPandya

    OUT! Soft dismissal! Shami angles across a full ball on off, a well-disguised slower one, Krunal tries to go inside-out over covers but fails to get any timing behind his shot. A straightforward catch for David Miller inside the ring, his third of the match. A dejected Pandya returns. This is fantastic bowling from Shami. 58 needed off 26 balls.
  • 15.5MShami to KPollard

    Shami switches to 'round the wicket and serves a full toss on the pads. Pollard tucks it to deep square leg for a run.
  • 15.4MShami to KPandya

    Good length ball on middle and off, Krunal stays back and opens the face of his bat to push it towards third man for a run.
  • 15.3MShami to KPandya

    Wide! Shami struggling here with his line. This time it's drifting down the leg side to the left-hander. Krunal tries his best to put bat on ball but misses.

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