Match 13: Pollard boost MI to top of the table

Kieron Pollard had come to IPL on the back of winning the CPL title as the captain of the team. A match-saving effort in MI’s last game that took the match to the super over but eventually lost it. This time, he scored 47 runs off just 20 balls to give the final punch to the score to take it to 191 which was quite enough to earn them two points.

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KXIP despite efforts from Nicholas Pooran, were not able to get to the target and eventually lost the match by 39 runs.

Mumbai Indians innings – Pollard-Pandya show

Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians are both on two points with one win and two losses. They are at 5th and 6th positions respectively on the points table.

Quinton de Kock is having a quiet IPL so far and his string of fringe scores continued. He was bowled on the 5th ball of the innings by Sheldon Cottrell.

A direct-hit from Mohammed Shami had left Suryakumar Yadav short of the crease and brought the score to 21-2 in the 4th over.

Ishan Kishan, having freshly scored 99 runs in a heart-break super over loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, was once again among the scorers but this time he was on the slower side. With Rohit Sharma, he scored a 61-run partnership before getting out to Krishnappa Gowtham.

Pollard-Pandya partnership yielded 67 runs in 23 balls

Sharma was on 49 runs from 39 balls, which is a low score considering the standards of the batsman, hit two fours and two sixes to James Neesham in the 16th over. MI were 124-3 after 16 overs.

Anybody’s game from here. Sharma hit Shami the very next ball but he got more air than length and a team-effort by Glenn Maxwell and Neesham at the boundary had ended his innings on 70 runs.

Out came Hardik Pandya. Kieron Pollard was already on the crease for 8 balls. The 17th over only yielded 5 runs taking the score to 129 after 17 overs.

The last three overs had produced 62 runs for the batting side courtesy a carnage of boundaries by Pollard and Pandya. The innings ended with three sixes on the last three balls hit by Pollard.

Pollard ended his innings on 47 from 20 balls that include three 4s and four 6s and Pandya finished on 20 off 11 balls that had three 4s and two 6s. Both the batsmen remained not out and scored 67 runs from 23 balls.

Sheldon Cottrell, who came from a 30-run over by Rahul Tewatia in a dramatic loss against Rajasthan Royals, was the best bowler for KXIP. He took one wicket for just 20 runs. Rest of the bowlers went for more than 9 runs per over with Mohammed Shami and Krishnappa Gowtham picked up one wicket each.

Kings XI Punjab innings – Rahul-Agarwal failure exposes middle order

Kings XI Punjab had scored big runs in their previous three matches. That was mainly because KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scored on all three occasions leaving little work for the batsmen to come. But this time both failed and that exposed their middle order that also failed terribly.

Jasprit Bumrah was the first to get the breakthrough for Mumbai. He struck in the 5th over to dismiss Agarwal. The innings that was derailed in the start could not stable and continuously lost wickets.

Nicholas Pooran briefly held the one end scoring 44 off 27 balls but once he was undone by James Pattinson, the innings further sank and gutted away by MI bowlers.

When Pooran got out, the score was 101-4 in 13.2 overs. After that, the team lost four wickets in the space of 23 runs. They only scored 23 runs in 5.1 overs. At one stage, they required 83 from 30 balls but that was never in the equation as they continuously lost wicket.

The innings ended at 143-8.

MI bowlers were too good for KXIP batsmen

Glenn Maxwell continued his poor run of form scoring 11 off 18 balls without any boundary. Now it is time for KXIP to bring Chris Gayle and Mujeeb ur Rehman back into the squad as they now lost three matches in four attempts.

All bowlers were among wicket-takers. Jasprit Bumrah was the star bowler this night picking two wickets for 18 runs. Rahul Chahar and James Pattinson picked up two wickets each while Trent Boult and Krunal Pandya picked up one wicket each.

MI win by 48 runs. Remember they scored 67 runs in the final 23 balls of the innings. That proved certainly more than enough for a comfortable victory over KXIP.

Kieron Pollard, for his brisk runs at the end of the innings, was awarded the man of the match award.

Man of the Match: Kieron Pollard

Result: Mumbai Indians win by 48 runs

Points: Mumbai Indians 2, Kings XI Punjab 0