Pollard Blitzkrieg crushes Delhi

PollardMatch 47: The explosive West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard finally lived up to the costliest tag with a swashbuckling 45 of 13 balls which destroyed all the good work that the Delhi bowlers had put before he came on to bat. Pollard, criticized for under performing so far, silenced his detractors who questioned his valuation with this amazing innings. The Daredevils started the chase in a blitzkrieg manner but with the big guns gone, Mumbai Indians took control of the match and finally ended up winning it by 39 runs. With this win Mumbai Indians have booked their berth in the semi finals and on the other side Delhi have to win the rest of their 2 matches to enter the semis.

Delhi Daredevils Innings

Requiring 9 runs an over, Delhi got off to a flier with Warner smashing 31 in 15 before Fernando’s trademark slow delivery got him out. Sehwag and Gambhir went ballistic posting 69 at the end of 6 overs.  Mumbai Indians had a job to do and Harbhajan Singh sent back Gambhir by grasping on to an easy return catch. Visitors suffered another setback when Pollard ran Sehwag out in the very next over. 69/1 in 6 all of a sudden became 78/3 in 8. Delhi never recovered from the double blow as they kept losing wickets regularly. Once AB, Collingwood and Karthik were dismissed within 12 overs the writing was on the wall and the remaining formalities got over with time as Delhi fell short by 39 runs in their chase. PHOTOS

Mumbai Indians Innings

Earlier Sachin won the toss and decided to bat. Mumbai Indians raced to 40 in five overs. Gautam Gambhir realized that removing the pace was the key and hence introduced Mcdonald and it paid off as Chandan making his debut couldn’t keep a slower short ball down. Tiwary and Sachin steadied the innings without taking much risk. However the slowness of the track ended Sachin’s stay at the wicket. Tiwary looked to be aggressive, smoking two sixes and a four before being deceived by a slower delivery from Pradeep Sangwan to be bowled. The visitors had things under control with Mumbai at 133 for four after the 17th over. But it all was reduced to dust as the Trinidad-born Pollard blasted 5 maximums and 2 boundaries to get to 45 in only 13 balls which meant Mumbai added 50 runs in the last three overs. PHOTOS

SCORECARD

Player of the Match: Pollard

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