IPL 2021 MI vs CSK highlights: Pollard's 34-ball 87 power MI to victory
Pollard blazed away to fastest fifty of IPL 2021, reaching the landmark in 17 balls and remaining unbeaten on 87 off 34 balls at the end of the match. Check IPL 2021 points table, MI vs CSK highlights
Kieron Pollard blazed away to the fastest half-century of the ongoing league, reaching the landmark in 17 balls and remaining unbeaten on 87 off 34 balls at the end of the match.
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CSK scored 218 for four after being asked to bat.
Moeen Ali (58) and Faf du Plessis (50) shared a 108-run stand before Ambati Rayudu pummelled the MI bowling attack into submission with an unbeaten 72 off 27 balls at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.
For Mumbai, Pollard (2/12) snared two wickets while pacers Trent Boult (1/42) and Jasprit Bumrah (1/56) grabbed a wicket each.
In reply, MI were off to a brisk start with Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock putting on 71 runs for the first wicket in just 7.1 overs.
Three wickets fell in quick succession to leave MI at 81 for three in the 10th over, but Pollard took charge of the situation after that, hitting a barrage of sixes and fours to keep his team in the reckoning.
However, Sam Curran bowled a brilliant 17th over, in which he picked up the wicket of Krunal Pandya to break a threatening 81-run partnership while giving away only two runs, to bring CSK back into the match.
But Pollard won it for MI.
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Earlier, CSK lost opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (4) early but South African du Plessis and England's Moeen plundered runs at will during their 108-run second-wicket partnership.
Rayudu, who notched up his fifty in just 20 balls, went hammer and tongs with seven sixes and four fours during his stay in the middle.
To start with, du Plessis smashed Dhawal Kulkarni for a four and maximum, as CSK grabbed 11 runs in the second over.
Moeen also opened up his arms in the third over, hammering Trent Boult (1/42) for a maximum over backward square-leg and a boundary, as Chennai fetched 12 runs off it.
Moeen was the more aggressive of the two as CSK cantered to 49/1 after powerplay.
The southpaw kept playing his shots at will. Moeen, who used the pull shot to perfection and du Plessis, were brutal on leg-spinner Rahul Chahar (0/32), striking a six each in the ninth over, as CSK amassed 16 runs and raced to 77/1.MI vs CSK scorecard
|Quinton de Kock||c and b Moeen||38||28||4||1|
|Rohit Sharma||c Ruturaj b Shardul||35||24||4||1|
|Suryakumar Yadav||c Dhoni b Jadeja||3||3||0||0|
|Krunal Pandya||lbw b Sam Curran||32||23||2||2|
|Kieron Pollard||not out||87||34||6||8|
|Hardik Pandya||c du Plessis b Sam Currna||16||7||0||2|
|James Neesham||c Shardul b Sam Curran||0||1||0||0|
|Dhawal Kulkarni||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Total: 219-6 in 20 Overs|
Chennai Super Kings' scoecard
|Ruturaj Gaikwad||c Hardik b Boult||4||4||1||0|
|Faf du Plessis||c Bumrah b Pollard||50||28||2||4|
|Moeen Ali||c de Kock b Bumrah||58||36||5||5|
|Suresh Raina||c Krunal b Pollard||2||4||0||0|
|Ambati Rayudu||not out||72||27||4||7|
|Ravindra Jadeja||not out||22||22||2||0|
Total: 218-4 in 20 overs
MI vs CSK playing 11
MI playing 11: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Rahul Chahar, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
CSK playing 11: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni(w/c), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar.
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