The IPL match between the defending champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings which was played yesterday at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, Delhi, will always be remembered as one of the most exciting and thrilling matches of the IPL history.
MI which is the most successful team of the league as it has won the title five times may have won the match by 4 wickets but it was quite a close game and the fortunes kept on swinging till the last delivery on which MI’s Kieron Pollard sealed the fate of the match by making his team win it.
The toss in this hyped match was won by MI and it decided to bowl first and their decision seemed to prove correct when Ruturaj Gaikwad got dismissed early. However, Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali not just stabilized the innings but also wreaked havoc on the MI bowlers as they both shared a partnership of 108 runs for the second wicket. Faf du Plessis scored 50 runs in 28 balls (2 fours & 4 sixes) and Moeen Ali scored 58 runs for which he faced 36 deliveries (5 fours & 5 sixes) but the man who enabled CSK in crossing the 200 mark was Ambati Rayudu.
Ambati Rayudu ripped apart the MI bowlers and completed his half century in 20 balls. Rayudu remained not out at 72 runs (27, 4 fours & 7 sixes) and CSK put up a score of 218/4 on the scoreboard which was certainly a huge one.
In response, MI made a steady start with their openers Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma sharing a 71 run partnership for the first wicket. Quinton played useful knock of 38 runs in 28 deliveries (4 fours & 1 six) and the skipper Rohit Sharma also played a good innings of 35 runs for which he played 24 balls (4 fours & 1 six). Another batsman who batted well was Krunal Pandya as he scored 32 runs in 23 balls (2 fours & 2 sixes) but the star of the night was Kieron Pollard who was no less than a nightmare for the CSK bowlers as the West Indian batsman scored 87 runs of just 34 deliveries and his innings included 6 fours and 8 sixes.
MI needed 2 runs on the last delivery of their innings and Kieron Pollard ensured that the match did not go into the super over by taking two runs and making his team won the match. Pollard was adjudged as the player of the match as he performed well not only with bat but with ball too as he took 2 wickets in the 2 overs that he bowled and gave 12 runs.
Twitterati also went berserk after watching this match as 437 runs were scored in the 40 overs, both the sides hit 30 fours and 30 sixes and some big names such as Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Lungi Ngidi, etc. were hammered mercilessly. One thing that also made this match special was the fact that it was the first time that MI successfully chased the target of 200 or more in the IPL history.
Here are some Twitter reactions:
— Vikrant Gupta (@vikrantgupta73) May 1, 2021
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) May 1, 2021
— Yuvraj Singh (@YUVSTRONG12) May 1, 2021
Superb game #VIVOIPL cricket. Kieron Pollard is a legend. 👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻👏🏻💪💪💪
— Ian bishop (@irbishi) May 1, 2021
To be fair, both these teams are champion teams.
But that was cool to watch, Pollard take a bow bud!
— Dale Steyn (@DaleSteyn62) May 1, 2021
Summary Of The Match 😂😂😂
— Soum Jais (@JaisSoum) May 1, 2021
Csk fans :- we will win this match.
Kieron Pollard :- pic.twitter.com/pvJA8g4tPA
— Dhavan kadia (@The_1_tweets) May 1, 2021
— Priya #MI🇮🇳😎 (@Priya_srt10) May 2, 2021
Kieron Pollard that's the Tweet pic.twitter.com/tS0ZTGHJjm
— VIPER⁴⁵ (@The_Hitman_Era) May 1, 2021
— Yashhhh Verma🌈🎐 (@the4amvibes) May 1, 2021
— SANSKRITI 💙✨ (@Masoom___Ladki) May 1, 2021
Wow… What a match!!!