Kieron Pollard’s batting prowess needs no introduction to the cricketing fraternity. When the dynamic Caribbean allrounder flexes his muscles, the ball more often ends in the stands. Much similar to his West Indian teammates, Pollard uses the long handle to good effect and the opposition has to bear the burnt of his marauding hitting.
IPL 2020 had already witnessed Pollard’s supreme striking against RCB, where he finished with a 24-ball 60 including 5 maximums. His fiery innings ensured a Super Over which unfortunately MI lost, but Pollard’s innings was the talking point.
If his show against RCB was a teaser, Pollard gave his fans a trailer against KXIP, notching up an unbeaten 47 in just 20 balls. His innings was laced with three fours and four sixes.
After Rohit Sharma’s dismissal in the first ball of the 16th over, Pollard found a similar ally in Hardik Pandya. The duo went berserk and accumulated a whopping 67 runs in less than four overs to dent Kings XI hopes of a par total. Pollard cut loose in the 19th over, smashing Shami for three boundaries in the last three balls of his spell.
With Cottrell and Neesham bowling out, KL Rahul had to turn to Gowtham for the final over. The move turned to be catastrophic as Pollard dispatched the last three balls of the innings for three maximums to take MI past the 190-run mark.
Watch Pollard go all-out in his quickfire innings of 47*(20)
Pollard and Pandya’s brutal assault meant KXIP had a mountain to climb while chasing. Though they good off to a sound start, regular wickets in frequent intervals soon derailed the chase. With the bowlers complementing with a professional display, MI had little difficulty in carving out a 48-run victory.