MI vs KXIP, IPL 2019, 24th Match: Kieron Pollard Spoiled KL Rahul's Century As Mumbai Beat Punjab By 3 Wickets

In the IPL 2019, the 24th match was played between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede Stadium. In this extremely exciting encounter, Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 3 wickets. Kieron Pollard, who was captain in this match instead of injured Rohit Sharma, was the hero of the Mumbai Indians victory.

The target of 198 runs from Punjab was achieved by Mumbai's Kieron Pollard (c) with 3 fours and 10 sixes in 31 balls, with the help of 83 runs remaining, with 3 wickets remaining.
This innings of Kieron Pollard turned the ball over Kevin Pietersen's unbeaten century. The innings of Kieron Pollard spoiled the KL Rahul's unbeaten innings.

KL Rahul's swinging inning

In the match, Mumbai Indians invited Kings XI Punjab to bat first by winning the toss. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul's opening pair added 116 runs in 12.5 overs to give Punjab a strong start. In which Chris Gayle smashed 63 off 36 balls with 3 fours and 7 sixes, and after his dismissal, KL Rahul took the lead and remained unbeaten.

KL Rahul hit a century in 64 balls with 6 fours 6 sixes, David Miller (8), Karun Nair (5) and Sam Quarean (8) were dismissed. Mandeep Singh remained unbeaten on 7 runs. In this way Kings XI Punjab scored 197 runs for 4 wickets in 20 overs.

The beginning of Mumbai Indian was getting worse but they did not give up

The start of Mumbai Indians in reply was not enough to win. Opener Siddhesh Lad returned to the pavilion after scoring 15 runs when the team scored 28 runs. Mohammad Shami dismissed him. When Mumbai's score was 56, then Sun Kumar Yadav became the victim of Sam Curran at 21 runs.

Quinton de Kock (24) was also dismissed by Ashwin when the score was 62 runs. The Mumbai Indians team lost their six wickets for 140 runs in 15.4 overs and was going towards defeat. But Kieron Pollard (c) kept the edge of the captain and kept one end.

Partnerships of Pollard and Alzari

Aljari Joseph stood with Kieron Pollard on the other end and the prized partnership of 54 runs in 3.4 overs for both of them in the 7th wicket. This partnership became the main reason for the victory of the Mumbai Indians. Mumbai Indians needed 32 runs in the last two overs to win.

Kieron Pollard hit 17 runs in the 19th over with the help of two sixes and one four. After that, in the last six balls, Mumbai were to score 15 runs. Kieron Pollard hit six on the first delivery of Ankit Rajput. This ball was no ball. Now Mumbai needed 8 runs in 6 balls to win.

The thrill of the last over

After the no ball, Pollard hit the first ball of Rajput's over and put the chances in the match around Mumbai. On the second ball, he was caught on the boundary Thus, Mumbai needed 4 runs in the last 4 balls to win. Aljari Joseph could not make any run on the third ball of the over.

They took a single on the fourth ball. On the fifth ball, Rahul Chahar gave the strike to Algari Joseph. Now Mumbai Indians needed two runs for the last ball to win.

Aljari Joseph played the ball on the stumps of Ankit Rajput for a straight drive. Prior to stopping the ball from the fielders of Punjab, Joseph and Chahar scored two for Mumbai Indians

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