NEW DELHI: A look at the key passages of play from Match 24 of the Indian Premier League season nine, in which Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets at the Wankhede stadium on Thursday. With four victories in eight games, Mumbai jumped to third in the standings, equal on points with Kolkata who are second.
Pollard hit the third fastest IPL fifty, off 17 balls, and Rohit Sharma carried his bat through the innings as they helped Mumbai Indians chased down 175-run target in 18 overs to beat Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets.
Pollard hit six huge sixes and two fours to score an unbeaten 51 off just 17 balls, whereas Rohit remained undefeated on 68 off 49 balls, which included two sixes and eight fours. The duo added 72 runs for the fifth wicket in just five overs as they finished off with six wickets and two overs to spare. Sunil Narine was the only bowler who escaped the Pollard-Rohit carnage as he finished with impressive figures of two for 22 in his four overs.
Meanwhile, Gautam Gambhir scored third fifty of the season and put on 69 runs for the opening wicket with Robin Uthappa to help KKR post a competitive 174/5.
Rohit started the chase with a six in the second ball off Jaydev Unadkat, but Mumbai lost Parthiv Patel early in the next over. Umesh Yadav gave KKR an early breakthrough with his first ball of the innings as Yusuf, stretched on his left, caught Parthiv at first slip. Ambati Rayudu kept the runs flowing as he hit a four off Yadav and then a four and six off consecutive balls in Shakib Al Hasan's over. Rohit then joined with two back-to-back fours off Yadav in the fourth, before hitting another six off Unadkat's first ball of second spell to take Mumbai past fifty-run mark. The duo safely took the hosts to 64/1 after Powerplay overs.
It took a stunning catch by Suryakumar Yadav at wide long-on to dismiss Rayudu. as Shakib ended Mumbai's 59-run stand for the second wicket. Krunal Pandya didn't last long as he tried to charge Narine and found his stumps uprooted. Rohit then guided Mumbai to 85/3 at halfway mark, and they crossed 100 in the 12th over. Rohit soon completed his fourth fifty of the season, 29th in IPL, off 36 balls, hitting two sixes and five fours.
Chris Lynn took a brilliant catch at long-off to dismiss Jos Buttler (15), but third umpire took five minutes to take the decision in favour of the fielder as Lynn had to release the ball after catching it to avoid going over the ropes with it and came back to complete the catch. The wicket put Mumbai on 106/4 with seven overs left, which means they needed 69 more in 42 balls. Rohit hit two fours off Andre Russell in the next and Pollard did the same to Shakib as they took Mumbai to 126/4 after 15 overs .
With 49 needed in five overs, Pollard targeted Rajagopal Sathish in the 16th and smacked three huge sixes in it to score 23 runs and made the equation a favourable 26 off 24 balls. Rohit then saw off Narine's final over to make it 19 off 18 balls. Pollard then hit three more sixes off Unadkat to finish off the chase in style.