The Mumbai Indians recorded a commanding win over Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2020 at Sharjah. Kieron Pollard who was captaining MI today in place of an injured Rohit Sharma was inch-perfect with his leadership as his side thrashed CSK.
The ruthless bowling attack of MI blew away the batting line up of CSK very early in the match. The top and middle order of CSK fell like a pack of cards as one followed another with no contribution from anyone.
Mumbai Indians Win By 10 Wickets
Once again Sam Curran was the only shining light for CSK as he provided them with some sort of respectability. The all-rounder stroked a brilliant half-century and guided his side to a total of 114 for 9 after 20 overs.
It was a clinical performance by the bowlers of MI led by Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah. The destructive fast bowling duo picked 6 wickets among them and displayed fast bowling of the highest order.
Always Room For Improvement- Kieron Pollard
Once their bowlers did the job it was expected that the defending champs will try to chase down the target as soon as possible. The opening pair of Ishan Kishan and Quinton de Kock did just that and smashed the CSK bowlers to all parts.
Both Kishan and De Kock remained unbeaten on 68* and 46* respectively and took their side home with ease. Here’s what the winning skipper Kieron Pollard said in the post-match presentation.
“Thanks for counting. I wasn’t (counting). Have played enough T20 cricket to know a thing or two. Was a matter of me stepping in and trying to do the best for the team. Came off tonight. Just a matter of making the right decisions, not giving them freebies. Wanted to bowl them out under 100 but Sam batted well. Two-three wickets early on put you into the game. But to get four-five is fantastic”.
“The openers finishing the job is also fantastic. We’re not speaking about it (finishing top two). It’s about putting yourself into positions to get two points and then think about that. It’s about improving as we go on and the rest will take care of itself. Always room for improvement. Things like lower-order batsmen getting off strike when main batsman is batting. That Super Over loss was disappointing but it’s about bouncing back”, said Kieron Pollard.