A dominant batting fire from Pollard helped Mumbai to draw first blood in the epic rivalry against Chennai by 4 wickets. With this win, Mumbai has strengthened their position at fourth and Chennai remains at the top of the table.
Toss: Mumbai opted to field first
Venue: Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi
Detailed Match Report
First Innings (Chennai 218/4)
Mumbai handed the debut to Neesham and included Kulkarni. Chennai lost Gaikwad early as Boult struck in the first over. Moeen Ali joined Plessis and added quick runs for the 2nd wicket. Plessis scored a 27-ball half-century and Moeen Ali also completed a half-century. Mumbai got both in quick succession but they couldn’t avail these chances. Ambati Rayudu took the charge in death-overs and he just smashed Mumbai’s attack out of the park. He smashed a 20-ball half-century, the second quickest of this season. Jadeja and Rayudu added 102 runs in the last 8 overs. In the final five overs, Chennai scored 82 runs and Bumrah conceded 56 runs in 4 overs which is his worst performance in T20 format.
Second Innings (Mumbai 219/6)
Mumbai off to a fiery start and both openers put a half-century stand. Shardul Thakur added the big breakthrough for Chennai after picking Rohit on 35. In next over, Jadeja grabbed Suryakumar in single-digit. At the halfway mark, Mumbai also lost De Kock on 38 to put Chennai on the driver’s seat. Pollard added some twist in the game by smashing three sixes in Jadeja’s 3rd over, followed by two more against Ngidi. He smashed 23 runs off Thakur’s over to complete a 17-ball fifty which is the fastest half-century of season 2021. Sam Curran ended the dangerous stand with the wicket of Krunal and conceded only 2 in the 17th over to bring Chennai into the game. Pollard and Pandya added some quick runs to offer an extra twist to the game. Curran got Pandya and Neesham in the 19th over to hand over the next task to Ngidi to defend 16 off final over. Pollard surprised everyone by completing this task single-handily with 87 off just 34 balls. It was the Indian T20 League’s second-highest successful chase and Mumbai’s highest successful chase ever.
Star Performer of the Match
Kieron Pollard is our star performer of the match. He scored the quickest half-century of the season off just 17 balls. Pollard scored unbeaten 87 off just 34 balls with smashing 6 fours and 8 sixes. His blistering knock in the second half of the innings changed the story of this entire game and Mumbai emerged victorious. He also bagged two wickets in the first innings.
5 impactful players of match
Ambati Rayudu 72 (27)
Moeen Ali 58 (36)
Faf du Plessis 50 (28)
Pollard 12/2 & 87 (34)
Sam Curran 34/3