Chennai Super Kings placed on display the batting transformation that their coach Stephen Fleming recently spoke of. But, during a game where 30 sixes were hit, Mumbai Indians flexed their middle-order muscle via a jaw-dropping effort from Kieron Pollard to urge another convert their rivals. Two whirlwind knocks and a final-over finish, adds to the ever-growing list of MI-v-CSK specials within the IPL.
87* off 34! What has Pollard done yesterday
The big West Indian turned back the clocks to place on a devastating display of brute force batting as CSK watched in horror as MI chased down their 218 for 4 off the last ball. The Pollard carnage culminated during a sensational final over of the chase where he polished off the 16 required off Lungi Ngidi.
On a ground where even mistimed top-edges sailed comfortably to sixes, CSK were guilty of bowling too full sometimes to Pollard. When he came bent bat within the 10th over, MI were a touch behind the eight-ball, with CSK taking the sting out of a bright start through their spinners.
The real turning of the tide came within the 13th over, when Pollard hit three sixes during a 20-run over against Ravindra Jadeja. Those shots were enough to warm Pollard up for the remainder of the evening as he went on a six-hitting mission. CSK conceded 39 runs off subsequent two overs as Pollard mentioned a jaw-dropping 18-ball half-century.
Ngidi was everywhere the place together with his lengths, inviting Pollard to flex his muscles and take the equation right down to 50 off 24, which within the context of the sport seemed gettable. Such was the size of pressure on CSK that Faf du Plessis put down a regulation chance within the deep to offer Pollard a lifeline.
Sam Curran dismissed Krunal Pandya, nailed his yorkers and conceded just two off the 17th over but even that proved insufficient ahead of a menacing Pollard, who saw his team through with an innings involving 6 fours and eight sixes.