October 2, 2020 1:01:08 am
“We all know sky is the restrict within the final 4 overs,” mentioned Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard after including 67 runs in 23 balls together with his big-hitting comrade, Hardik Pandya, within the IPL right here on Thursday.
After skipper Rohit Sharma laid the muse with a 45-ball 70, the duo of Pollard and Pandya smashed fours and sixes at will, lifting MI to 191 for 4 from 83 for 3 within the 14th over.
In reply, Kings XI Punjab have been stopped at 143 for eight.
Pollard, who was adjudged the Man of the Match, mentioned: “It’s about what’s there in entrance of you. Take a look at the bowlers and see what number of you need to get, 15 off the over and then you definitely attempt to go arduous.
“At the moment Hardik needed to come and swing and he confirmed his prowess. We all know sky is the restrict within the final 4 overs.”
MI had scored 25 runs within the closing over with Pollard sending spinner Krishnappa Gowtham’s final three balls into the stands of the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.
Kings XI Punjab captain KL Rahul admitted they could must play an additional bowler, saying an all-rounder could be a very good addition to his crew, which suffered its third defeat within the 13th IPL.
“I gained’t say it’s irritating, however clearly, it’s disappointing,” Rahul mentioned on the post-match presentation ceremony after KXIP have been stopped at 143 for eight whereas chasing 192.
“Trying again, we may have been three wins out of 4. This recreation, we made some errors. Essential we come again stronger. Wicket seemed good with the brand new ball. Don’t know if it slowed up after that.
“One other bowling possibility could be good — an all-rounder possibility who can bat and bowl nicely. We will likely be sitting with the coaches to determine if we need to play an additional bowler.”
For Punjab, Mohammed Shami, Sheldon Cottrell, Ravi Bishnoi have fared nicely within the bowling division, however Ok Gowtham and Jimmy Neesham proved to be costly.
Successful captain Rohit Sharma mentioned that his crew tried to capitalise on Punjab’s assault weaknesses on the demise.
“It was an excellent win. We didn’t begin very well, however we all the time knew with the form of assault Punjab had we wished to capitalise,” he mentioned.
Rohit was stuffed with reward for Pollard and Hardik.
“These two guys they again themselves to get the runs, it’s good to have them in kind as nicely,” Rohit mentioned.
With Punjab having of their ranks Rahul and Mayank Agarwal — each of whom have scored a century on this IPL — Rohit mentioned it “wasn’t going to be simple with the ball” in opposition to their batting line-up.
“We knew we needed to get early wickets and every little thing went to plan, credit score to the bowlers. The final recreation the execution wasn’t precisely proper on the demise with the ball (MI misplaced an excellent over to RCB). So we mentioned and wished to enhance,” he mentioned.
“I haven’t performed sufficient with Boult and Pattinson, so it’s tough to get them on the identical web page. They’ve now obtained an concept of what I would like from them and I obtained to know them higher too. Feels good to get the runs, however the two factors matter extra.”
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