Monday, 29 November 2021

IPL 2018: Pollard help MI beat KXIP in thriller


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MUMBAI: Till the very end and throughout the course of the match, it was Punjab who had been ruling the roost with splendid performances. However, in the tinsel town on Wednesday, the KXIP vs MI game witnessed a very bollywoodish ending to a T20 game in which the hero, in this case KXIP, got beaten at the last stride by the underdog, in this case MI. MI were on the verge of getting knocked out of the IPL and it was Jasprit Bumrah who emerged from the earth’s core to pick three important wickets at the death to turn the tables on KXIP, beating them by three runs.

Bumrah’s matchwinning figures of 4-0-15-3 overshadowed KXIP’s Andrew Tye’s 4/16 while KL Rahul’s solo effort of 94 was nullified by the 50 of Kieron Pollard. The reason is simple as both MI performers revived their side from the brink. Rahul may have lead the KXIP chase but he fell near the finish line leaving his side in the lurch.

Tye couldn’t have performed any better than Wednesday by giving KXIP the control early on in the MI innings but tactical errors by R Ashwin for having restricted himself into the attack cost KXIP dear as Pollard kept on cashing the medium pacers and his fifty ensured MI reached 186, which proved a winning total in the end. Ashwin did account for Pollard’s scalp but had he come a little early into the attack, things might have been a lot different.

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