The Mumbai Indians vs Kings Xi Punjab encounter was going to be one promising high scoring affair. Both teams consist of quality hitter were up against each other, not to forget the quality of bowling attack both sides possess. If Mumbai have Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah then Punjab have Mohammed Shami and Sheldon Cottrell, in the end, the game was expected to be a cracker of a game.
With no surprise Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first, Mumbai Indians yet again had an extreme rusty start as Quinton de Kock and Surya Kumar Yadav were dismissed very early on in the innings. The onus was on Rohit Sharma as he went on to score a fifty to help Mumbai Indian get out of the early trouble they were in.
In the late overs, we saw a late blitz from Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya as they scored close to 90 runs in the last six overs taking Mumbai to a total of 191.
In reply, Kings XI Punjab didn’t have the greatest of starts as they lost both their openers very early in the innings. Followed by which they had a rusty innings after that as they failed to achieve the target and ended up losing the match by a whopping 48 runs margin.
We Want To Come Out On The Right Side Today – Kieron Pollard
The man of the match of today’s game, Kieron Pollard said they wanted to come on the winning side today after that game against RCB. He further talked about how he assesses the situation of the game and then targets the bowlers. Hardik Pandya came in and played a crucial knock alongside.
He also mentioned how the boundaries in Sharjah are short as they will look to go big in the upcoming matches played at that venue.
“Feels good. We were on the losing side last game, so we want to come out on the right side today,” Kieron Pollard said. “It’s about what’s there in front of you. Look at the bowlers and see how many you want to get, 15 off the over and then you try to go hard.
Today Hardik had to come and swing and he showed his prowess. We know the sky is the limit in the last 4 overs. Yes, the Sharjah boundaries are small, but we got to hit them right and execute really well with the ball too. We can bask in the glory for now but we have an important game coming up in a couple of days time,” Kieron Pollard added.