The Mumbai Indians (MI) team won by 4 wickets with a score of 219/6 against the Chennai Super kings (CSK) team.
The stunning onslaught of Kieron Pollard took the MI team to a win considered ‘improbable’ over the CSK team in Delhi. This defeat of the CSK team also ended the 5-match winning streak.
Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma, chasing 219, gave the MI team a start of 71 in 7.4 overs. Pollard managed to smash an unbeaten 87 runs off 34 balls. During this, he muscled 6 fours and 8 sixes with some help from Hardik and Krunal Pandya. In the last over this team needed only 16 runs.
Dhawal Kulkarni was at the other end/ Pollard had decided that he would face the 6 balls from Lungi Ngidi and that is the reason he refused the single. The next ball was a Yorker that Pollard managed to hit for a 4. Ngidi, then, bowld, 3 full tosses one after another. The 1st ball was hit for a 4 by Pollard, and the team now needed 8 runs from the last 2 balls. The 3rd ball was smashed for a 6. The final ball was bowled in the block hole but Pollard managed to dig this out and made the required 2 runs. This chase is considered to be the 2nd highest successful chase in the history of the IPL.
Ali, du Plessis give the CCSK team a brisk start
Du Plessis and Ali added 108 runs in 61 balls, with du Plessis making 50 runs off 28 balls and Ali making 58 runs off 36 balls for the 2nd wicket. This was before the CSK team lost 3 wickets for 4 runs. The bowlers of the MI did not get any respite as Rayadu managed to smash 7 sixes and 4 fours, propelling the CSK to 218 for 4.
Ruturaj Gaikwad managed to open his account with a cover drive off Trent Boult in the 2nd ball of the match. Boult struck when Gaikwad had closed the face of the bat a little early to offer a dolly to the backward point.
On the other end, Kulkarni started in a wayward manner and du Plessis also did not miss out. He hit the 1st ball of the over for a four. In the latter part of the over, he skipped down the ground and hit the bowler for a 6. In the next over, Ali managed to time Boult for a 6 and also a 4 off successive balls. Ali managed another 6 when Sharma turned to Bumrah in the 5th over.
Ali continued in this free-flowing manner even after the power play and smashed Jimmy Neesham over the mid-wicket for his third 6 of this innings. Neesham could have made amends in the same over, but did not.
Ali could not be stopped. He hit 2 more sixes in the next 2 overs and the CSK team had 95 runs on the board.