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Sky is the limit for Pollard in last four overs

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October 02, 2020 00:53 IST
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Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya

IMAGE: Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya walk back after adding 67 runs off 23 balls in the final overs to Mumbai Indians's total against Kings XI Punjab. Photograph: BCCI/IPL

"We know sky is the limit in the last four overs," declared Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard, after adding 67 runs off 23 balls with big-hitting comrade Hardik Pandya, in Thursday’s IPL match against Kings XI Punjab, in Abu Dhabi.

 

After skipper Rohit Sharma laid the foundation with a 45-ball 70, Pollard and Pandya smashed fours and sixes at will, powering the defending champions to 191 for 4 from 83 for three in the 14th over.

In reply, Kings XI Punjab were stopped at 143 for eight.

Pollard, who was adjudged Man of the Match, said: "It's about what's there in front of you. Look at the bowlers and see how many you want to get; 15 off the over and then you try to go hard.

"Today Hardik had to come and swing and he showed his prowess. We know sky is the limit in the last four overs."

Mumbai Indians scored 25 runs in the final over, with Pollard sending spinner Krishnappa Gowtham's last three deliveries into the stands of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Kings XI Punjab captain K L Rahul admitted they may need to play an extra bowler, saying an all-rounder would be a good addition to his team, which suffered its third defeat in the 13th IPL.

"I won't say it is frustrating, but, obviously, it is disappointing," Rahul said at the post-match presentation ceremony after KXIP were stopped at 143 for eight while chasing 192.

"Looking back, we could have been three wins out of four. This game, we made some mistakes. Important we come back stronger. Wicket looked good with the new ball. Don't know if it slowed up after that.

"Another bowling option would be nice -- an all-rounder option who can bat and bowl well. We will be sitting with the coaches to decide if we want to play an extra bowler."

For Punjab, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi fared well in the bowling department, but K Gowtham and Jimmy Neesham proved to be expensive.

Winning captain Rohit Sharma said his team tried to capitalise on Punjab's attack weaknesses at the death.

"It was a great win. We didn't start really well, but we always knew with the kind of attack Punjab had we wanted to capitalise," he said.

Rohit was full of praise for Pollard and Hardik.

"Those two guys they back themselves to get the runs; it's nice to have them in form as well."

With Punjab having in their ranks Rahul and Mayank Agarwal -- both of whom have scored a century in this IPL -- Rohit said it "wasn't going to be easy with the ball" against their batting line-up.

"We knew we had to get early wickets and everything went to plan; credit to the bowlers. The last game the execution wasn't exactly right at the death with the ball (MI lost a super over to RCB). So we discussed and wanted to improve," he said.

"I haven't played enough with Boult and Pattinson, so it's difficult to get them on the same page. They have now got an idea of what I need from them and I got to know them better too. Feels nice to get the runs, but the two points matter more."

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