Kieran Pollard’s 22-ball of 35, tied with two sixes from the last two innings deliveries, helped the Mumbai Indians reach 150/5 against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday. The West Indian dasher reached three highs during his inning to become the third player overseas after that Chris Gale and AB de Villiers to hit 200 sixes in IPL.
In the 17th over bowling by debutant Mujib Ur Rahman, Pollard hit the first six of his shots, which landed on Chepauk’s roof. Showing his great strength, Pollard smoked it through the deep middle door to hit the top six of the current IPL edition. It was 105 meters long.
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Pollard was also assisted in the middle by a batsman goalkeeper Quinton de Cockwho scored 40 of 39 balls before falling to Mujib. De Kok and Rohit Sharma (32) added a 55-series opening stand before the Mumbai Indians were shaken by Vijay Shankar. The Universal chose a wicket of Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (10) to block the flow of MI.
Ultimately, it was Pollard’s power that helped MI publish a racing sum on board. He hit 17 of the last one spent in bowling Bhuvneshwar kumar. For SRH, Shankar (2/19), Mujib (2/29) and Haleil Ahmed (1/24) were successful bowlers.