In Abu Dhabi, on Friday, Kieron Pollard struggled for timing on a good batting surface and got out to Abhishek Sharma after scoring 13 runs off 12 balls. On the 5th ball of the 13th over, Abhishek bowled a flighted delivery outside Kieron Pollard’s off-stump.
The batsman lofted it down the ground. What appeared to be going for a four or a six was caught by Jason Roy, who was placed in the line with the bowler/umpire, bisecting the long off and long on positions.
Roy took the catch with a couple of juggles. This has been a tactic often used by CSK skipper MS Dhoni knowing Kieron Pollard’s strength down the ground.
Ishan Kishan sparkles before SRH bowlers pick wickets
After winning the toss and electing to bat first, Mumbai Indians got a blazing start from Ishan Kishan. The left-hander hit Mohammad Nabi for a first-ball six before carting Siddarth Kaul for four boundaries in a row.
In the third, Rohit hit his first four before Kishan struck two more. In the fourth, bowled by Holder, Sharma took one four and Kishan brought up MI’s fifty in just 3.4 overs with a maximum. Two more fours off Holder and Kishan brought up his own fifty off 16 balls!
The left-hander then went after Umran Malik, cracking another couple of boundaries. Rashid Khan, however, applied brakes on the scoring rate with the wicket of Rohit Sharma, who departed for 18. Mumbai reached 83/1 at the end of the powerplay with 63 coming off the bat of Kishan, who continued his assault smoking a six and a four to Malik.
He then went after SRH’s main guy, Rashid Khan, slogging him over mid-wicket bringing up MI’s hundred in the eighth over. Hardik, after hitting a six off Rashid, got out to Jason Holder.
Malik would finally get his revenge on Kishan, who departed after scoring 84 runs off 32 balls. Abhishek Sharma would dismiss Kieron Pollard and James Neesham on consecutive deliveries to further dent Mumbai.
Suryakumar Yadav showed some form with four fours and a six. At the time of writing, MI are 167/5 at the 14-over mark.
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