Kieron Pollard’s 83 off 31 seals unlikely Mumbai Indians win


Mumbai Indians 198 for 7 (Pollard 83, Shami 3-21) beat Kings XI Punjab197 for 4 (Rahul 100*, Gayle 63, Hardik 2-57) by three wickets

Pollard: I went up the order, I enjoy batting at Wankhede, I thought if we could get some sixes off Ashwin in the middle we'd be in the game. I love the ball sailing into the stands. Obviously, Rohit is captain of the team, we have a day game coming up, happy to hand over the captaincy to him.

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First game as captain in this league and Pollard produced one of his finest IPL knocks, his highest IPL score, to bring Mumbai within touching distance of a win; a win that looked very unlikely when he had come out to bat, and in the end, Alzarri Joseph, the hero on debut last match held his nerve to take them home. These two teams have made a habit of producing thrillers at this venue but one's got to feel for KL Rahul, who scored his maiden IPL hundred but finished on the wrong side of another cliffhanger between these two teams here in Mumbai

Hardik: Hats off to the legend. One guy who could do this was Kieron Pollard. To be honest, from the situation where we came back from four runs four balls, I thought we had the game

Ashwin: We were a little up and down with out catching. It was a par score, with the dew falling, Shami was excellent but we couldn't get through. Sam was obviously under the pump, it's his first experience in the IPL in such a situation, he'll definitely get richer with the experience. I thought we could have been steelier with resolve, this is a very challenging ground, we are looking forward to getting back home.

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