Mumbai Indians beat Chennai Super Kings in high-scoring IPL match; Kieron Pollard scores 34-ball 87 runs


Mumbai Indians on Saturday defeated Chennai Super Kings in a high-scoring IPL match as Kieron Pollard scored 34-ball 87 runs.

Earlier Ambati Rayudu, Moeen Ali and Faf du Plessis joined the run-fest as Chennai Super Kings piled up a total of 218-4 in 20 overs. While Rayudu made 27-ball 72 runs, Ali scored 58 in 36 balls. Faf du Plessis was out for 50, which he faced 28 balls to score.

Mumbai Indias began their run chase on an aggressive note even though they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Kieron Pollard scored the fastest half-century of the season in 18 balls.

Just when Harik Pandya gave hopes to Mumbai Indian by hitting Sam Curran for a huge six in the 19th over, du Plessis came to redeem himself and caught him at the boundary. The South African had dropped Kieron Pollard in the 18th over what appeared to be an easy catch. Curran followed Pandya’s wicket by getting Jimmy Neesham caught at the fine leg, reducing Mumbai Indians to 203-6 in 19 overs.

CSK skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni said that dropped catches were what hurt his team the most.