IPL 2021- CSK – MI REVIEW

IPL 2021- CSK Vs MI – REVIEW

Courtesy : TOI.

POLLARD’S  BLITZKREIG 

Phew ! It was an incredible and a true masterclass from the T20 Hulk.  The West Indian all rounder K. Pollard did it for MI in a wild chase of 219 runs.  The West Indian pushed the last ball of the match to long-on and scrambled for 2 runs to finish a high octane match in the last ball and MI romped home by 4 wickets.

It was a carnage by  Polly in a high scoring match Yesterday night  at Arun Jaitley stadium, Delhi.  He went on a rampage right from the word go.  The small ground also helped in the mad chase as it was clearing the boundary just by a wield power of Polly & others.  It was also the second highest chase in IPL history.

Though MI batters chased the target earnestly, they kept losing wickets including the openers and SKY who is yet to find his form. 

When Polly joined Krunal Pandya in the 10th over with the score reading as 81/3 still 138 runs were required in almost 10 overs.  Then the carnage started as the pair ( who were successful in the earlier match also) attacked relentlessly the CSK bowlers who were clueless as there were many wides and the mishits went for boundaries, balls falling short of the fielders and catches floored much to the chagrin of the CSK bowlers.  The run spree continued till 17th over when they added 90 runs in just 48 balls with Polly doing the bulk of the scoring and Krunal also played a cameo hitting 2 mighty sixes.

And the run flow didn’t stop either after the exit of Krunal as his younger sibling Hardik pounded the misery of CSK bowlers with a couple of sixes before holing out to long-on fielder Faf du plesis who, though dropped Pollard earlier, now held it this time.  

Now it was left to Polly to finish off the run chase as 16 runs were required in the last over.  The South African bowler, Ngidi felt the heat of the moment as he was spraying the ball attempting yorkers which ended  in full tosses twice Polly hit them 2 boundaries  and then Ngidi straying to the legside Polly pulled it with  a big heave towards square leg clearing the air.  Now, a brace is required to finish the match and he hit a straight delivery to long-on and collected 2 runs and MI home with a win.  And there were wild celebrations in the MI dug-out and Polly remained unbeaten on 87 runs and while bowling also he took 2 wickets of CSK with just 12 runs and he was chosen as MOM.

Earlier put into bat, CSK Batters did well to score a mammoth 218 runs thanks to half centuries from Faf du plesis ( his 20th IPL fifty), Moeen Ali ( his 4th) and Ambati Rayudu’s fastest 50(20) and he remained unbeaten 72 off just 27 balls with 16 sixes collected by CSK batters.  The MI bowlers with the exception of Rahul Chahar and Pollard were very expensive including T20 specialist indian bowler, J. Bumrah, who conceded 56 runs, his highest in IPL  in his quota of 4 overs. The total 218 looked formidable but in the ultimate analysis it proved to be gettable.  

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