Chennai Super Kings did not see a face of victory in the IPL despite a mountain of runs. In the batting frenzy of Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians chased down a huge target of 219 runs against Chennai Super Kings and won by four wickets. This is the second win in the history of IPL. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals chased down a huge target of 224 runs against Punjab Kings.
Chennai scored 216 runs for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs. In reply, the current champions reached the target by losing 6 wickets in the allotted 20 overs.
16 runs were needed in the last over to win. Pollard could not take any run in the first ball made by Lungi Ngidi. But after one ball he did no-ball. Mumbai all four matched with an extra run. The rate should be determined then. But the thrill was waiting until the last ball. Pollard confirmed the team’s victory with two runs.
But Pollard had already brought the match in his hands. However, Sam Karan returned Chennai to the match from there. He came to bowl in the 18th over with only 2 runs. And in the 19th over he came back to bowl and gave 15 runs but got two wickets. But the match missed two places fell heavily for the team.
Chasing the target, however, Mumbai made a great start. Captain Rohit Sharma’s opening partnership with Quinton de Kock came with 72 runs. After that, the team lost to Suryakumar Yadav along with these two sets of batsmen by 10 runs. After that, the team started dreaming of winning with Pollard’s 69-run partnership with Krunal Pandya. Pollard left the field after confirming the victory, even though Krunal was out.
Pollard remained unbeaten after playing a maximum of 6 runs in an innings for the team. The Caribbean hit 7 fours and 6 sixes in just 34 balls. Two fours and sixes from 23 balls came from Krunal’s bat for an effective 32 runs. De Kock scored 36 and Rohit 35 runs. In the end, Hardik Pandya played a small cameo of 18 runs from 6 balls.
Karan took 3 wickets for 34 runs for Chennai.
Earlier, Chennai could not make a good start after losing the toss and opting to bat first. The opening pair broke the team’s 4 runs. However, Faf du Plessis’ 107-run stand with Moin Ali in the second wicket gave the team a big lead. However, after that they lost Suresh Raina along with these two sets of batsmen by 4 runs. However, in the fifth wicket, Ambati Raidu’s unbroken 102-run stand with Rabindra Jadeja gave Chennai a huge lead.
Rayudu took the bat by storm on this day. He played only 26 balls in an innings of 72 runs. The batsman hit 4 fours and 6 sixes to make this run. 58 runs came from Moin’s bat. The English batsman made five runs off 36 balls with five fours and sixes. Proteas star Du Plessis played an innings of 50 runs in 27 balls with 2 fours and 4 sixes.
Kieron Pollard took 2 wickets for 12 runs in 2 overs. Jaspreet Bumrah holds the record for the worst bowling performance in his IPL career. He got 1 wicket for 56 runs.
Chennai Super Kings: 217/4 (Faf du Plessis 50, Moin Ali 58, Ambati Raidu 72 *, Rabindra Jadeja 22 * Kieron Pollard 2/12, Trent Bolt 1/42, Jaspreet Bumrah 1/56).
Mumbai Indians: 219/6 (Rohit Sharma 35, Quinton de Kock 38, Krunal Pandya 32, Kieron Pollard 6 *, Hardik Pandya 18, Sam Karan 3/34, Moin Ali 1/1).