Keiron Pollard poured cold water on KL Rahul's maiden hundred with a whirlwind knock as Mumbai Indians scripted a last-ball three-wicket victory over Kings XI Punjab in a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter yesterday.
He put on 116 for the first wicket with K L Rahul, who carried his bat through to remain unbeaten on 100 off 64 balls, studded with six sixes and as many fours. "Was a hard pitch to bowl on and good to bat on, so we did well with the ball after the start they got". Quinton de Kock, Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav have been disappointing and the optimist would suggest they are too good not to come to the party. But again, as I said that's why there's people.we have a new chairman of selectors (Robert Haynes is set to get that post), there's a new president of the cricket board, and as I said you take it as it comes. Pollard was one of the players blacklisted. He has more than 200 runs vs Mumbai. It was a serious possibility, but they had a hurdle in the form of Shami.
Shami bagged 3/21 including the wickets of openers Siddesh Lad and the risky Pandya brothers.
Secondly, it is pivotal to pick the right combination of captain and vice-captain.
Pollard's last appearance in an ODI was in October 2016. The batsman accepted the offerings, smashing two sixes and a four. Despite the addition of Joseph and Jason Behrendoff, they have not found a way to stop the flow of runs.
Rajpoot, who had injured his finger earlier, had the task of defending 15 in the last over.
Before this knock and past year, Pollard's inconsistency was being questioned by many. MI started the contest placed fifth. He hit 10 sixes and three boundaries in just 31 balls for his 83. Rahul was steady at the other end, as Punjab scored 50 in the Power Play.
Rahul was assisted up front by a typically brutal knock from Universe Boss Chris Gayle.
Rahul, who recently admitted to having doubts about himself after being sent home from Australia, hit six fours and six sixes as he surpassed his previous IPL best of 94. Gayle was dismissed in the 13th over after which Kings XI slowed down a bit. In the previous match, nearly 400 runs were scored. Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan have also been in good touch. He crossed the three-figure mark in the last over of the innings and brought up his century off just 63 deliveries. So far it has been Pollard and Hardik Pandya that have often stepped in to supplement the Indians' score from further down the order.