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2 May 2021
It was a night to remember for cricket fans in general, Mumbai Indians fans in particular, but for Kieron Pollard fans, it was once in a decade moment as the beastly built from Trinidad showed exactly what does it mean when we say, ‘carnage with the bat’.
While chasing down a humongous target of 219, Pollard hit eight sixes and six fours in his unbeaten 87 off 34 balls. No doubt that the 33-year-old was helped by some poor fielding including a sitter being dropped by Faf du Plessis, but hey, what is a knock without grabbing some chances.
In this display of magic by the veteran, and not to forget the run-fest in both the innings, helped by equally brilliant innings by Ambati Rayudu from the Chennai Super Kings, there were a lot of records that were broken, a lot many created.
Here is a list of them
The Pollard innings and some really sloppy bowling by Lungi Ngidi in the last over meant that Mumbai was able to record its first-ever 200 plus successful run chase. The previous best for the Blue and Gold brigade was 199 vs Punjab Kings (Kings XI Punjab) in 2017.
It was also the second-highest successful run chase in the tournament’s history, second only to Rajasthan Royals’ last year’s dramatic win against Punjab kings in Sharjah, where they chased down 224.
Highest successful run chases in IPL
224 - RR vs KXIP, Sharjah, 2020
219 - MI vs CSK, Delhi, 2021
215 - RR v DC, Hyderabad. 2008
209 - DD v GL, Delhi, 2017
The 17 ball fifty by Pollard that broke all the defence mechanisms of MS Dhoni-led side was also the fastest fifty of this season and joint-fastest fifty for a Mumbai Indian batsman. The record for 17 ball fifties in IPL by a MI batter is shared by Pollard, Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan.
It wasn’t a good day in the field particularly for the Mumbai Indians bowlers as they were taken for cleaners all around the ground, firstly by Moeen Ali and then by Rayudu. The number of runs conceded by the top three (in order of their coming into the attack) MI bowlers was the highest for any team in the IPL history. The trio of Trent Boult, Bumrah and Dhawal Kulkarni gave away 146 runs in their quota of 12 overs.
146 - MI v CSK, 2021 (Boult, Kulkarni, Bumrah)
144 - RCB v MI, 2015 (Abdulla, Aaron, Nechim)
144 - KXIP v SRH, 2019 (Arshdeep, Mujeeb, Shami)
The role of India’s ace pace bowler, Bumrah was noteworthy in the whacking that Mumbai received at the hands of CSK and Rayudu in particular. The 27-year-old went for 56 runs in his four overs. It was his most expensive spell of the career. In IPL’s history too, it was his most expensive 24 balls that he bowled (he bowled more than 24 balls including the extras). The previous worst for Bumrah came way back in 2015 when he was hit for 55 runs against Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals).
Rayudu, who hit 27 balls 72 with the help of four fours and seven sixes also reached the milestone of fifty runs in just 20 balls, making him the joint second-fastest scorer of a fifty by a Chennai Super Kings batsman. He equalled skipper Dhoni’s record.
Fastest fifties for CSK
Raina- 16 (balls)
Dhoni- 20 (balls)
Rayudu- 20 (balls)
This innings by the 35-year-old Andhra Pradesh born was also the joint second-fastest fifty against Mumbai Indians in the IPL, he once again equalled MS Dhoni.
Fastest fifty against MI
Pant- 18 (balls)
Rayudu -20 (balls)
Another record that was broken in this game was that of the most runs scored in the last 10 overs of a chase in IPL history. When Pollard came to bat at the fall of Quinton de Kock’s wicket, the score of Mumbai was 81-3 at the end of 9.4 overs. From there on, he just went berserk resulting in 138 runs being achieved in the last 60 balls.
Most runs in last 10 overs of successful run chase IPL
138 MI vs CSK Delhi 2021 * (Pollard 87* off 34)
133 MI vs PBKS Mumbai WS 2019 (Pollard 83 off 31)
126 PBKS vs RCB Mohali 2013
In this game, the West Indies’ limited-overs skipper also bowled two overs, picking two wickets and giving away just 12 runs. With this win at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi, Pollard once again established why he is so highly rated by the Mumbai Indians and everyone in the cricketing world.