Kieron Pollard
Kieron Pollard celebrates after winning the match against CSK. Photo courtesy: IPL Facebook page

Kieron Pollard hits fastest fifty of IPL 2021, Mumbai beats CSK

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Kieron Pollard scores 87 not out and takes 2 wickets

Kieron Pollard smashed a brutal 34-ball 87 not out to lead Mumbai Indians to a thrilling 4-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021 at Delhi on Saturday. Pollard smacked 8 sixes and 6 fours to help Mumbai chase down 219 on the last ball of the match.

Kieron Pollard chases down 16 runs off last 6 balls

Pollard smashed 2 fours, 1 six and a two in the 20th over off Lungi Ngidi to take the game away from Chennai. Earlier, Pollard was dropped on 66 by Faf du Plessis in the 18th over. And the West Indian made Chennai pay dearly for the lapse. The win also snapped Chennai’s 5-match winning run.

Coming in to bat at 81/3 in the 10th over, Pollard went berserk from the word go. He reached his fifty off 17 balls – the fastest in IPL 2021 and was ably supported by The Pandya Brothers in overhauling the target. The win helped Mumbai stay at 4th spot with 8 points in 7 matches.

Earlier, asked to bat first, Chennai was helped by a fifty each from Faf du Plessis (50 off 28 balls), Moeen Ali (58 off 36 balls), and Ambati Rayudu (27-ball 72 not out) to reach a score of 218/4. Rayudu was especially severe on his former Mumbai Indians’ teammates. He smashed 7 sixes and 4 fours during his knock. CSK remained at the top, with 10 points from 7 matches.

Stats and trivia

Both the teams scored 16 sixes against each other. But it was the highest number of sixes hit by a team against Mumbai.

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CSK innings saw two century stands –  108 runs between Du Plessis and Ali, and 102 runs between Rayudu and Jadeja – a first in IPL.

Jasprit Bumrah conceded 56 runs in 4 overs for a solitary wicket – his most expensive spell in T20s.

Pollard’s 17-ball fifty beats the previous fastest fifty of 18 balls in IPL 2021 that was achieved by Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals.

Mumbai posted their 20th win in 33 games over CSK in T20 cricket. It is their second-best success against a particular team in T20s. They have posted 22 wins in 28 games against KKR in T20s.

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