Hardik Pandya rediscovered the Mumbai Indians victory

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Just as the Punjab Kings snatched defeat from the brink of victory, the Mumbai Indians caught a match from the jaws of defeat for the eleventh time in their history. In the end, Mumbai were desperate for victory — which kept them in the play-off hunt.

Glowing finisher

The Mumbai Indians have only four overs left to score 40 runs on a sluggish surface to beat the Punjab Kings and boost their play-off hopes. Hardik Pandya, by then, looked laborious and sluggish, his shots were without punch and his legs were rebelling against the designs of his mind. But, when the well-worn clich goes off, a shot or a ball is needed to restore the lost touch or distorted mood.

Hardik had to wait for the 18th ball he faced. The ball was scored by Mohammad Shami, who stepped back and hit a shot through the midwicket. Shami is a powerful blow that looks like a crestfall. The touch resumed, with Hardik swinging the next ball, beyond the city walls, to the lower arm and rotating wrists. A short majestic shami appeared to be nonsense. From that, it became clear that no matter how hard Punjab tried to win, it was impossible to stop Hardik or Mumbai, even if they threw everything they had in Mumbai.

In the end, inevitably, Mumbai Bank went on to score an over, giving Hardik Shami the final touch with 16 runs in the last over. As soon as Shami hit him in the body, he asked without any real concern whether he was well, but in the end Hardik had to ask his Indian colleague if he had stopped his attack. It was the devastation that Hardik could wreak – at one point, he was 16 at 12, he finished with 40 at 30.

In the 18th over, Arshdeep Singh bowled sixes and fours.

Crafty Pollard

Pollard bowler is against Pollard batsman. Pollard batsman smokes violence. Piff, Blast, Hitting A T20 Strike Rate 154 testifies. Pollard, bowler, different. He grinds, taps and taps to get his wickets. He needed 500 T20 matches to take 300 wickets.

Of late, the West Indies batsman has been a reluctant bowler – he bowled only 55 balls this IPL season before Tuesday’s match. Perhaps, at age 38, he should have protected his shoulders for hacks and havoc. But Abu Dhabi’s slow, low wicket was inevitable – his cutters and floats were fruitful wickets. It really turned out.

After the Powerplay, Pollard was truncated. These days his run-up is a stroll — he can walk on his run-up and build even more speed. But there is accuracy, sharpness and ingenuity. Twice he explained the combination of the best virtues in his three-century wickets.

He knew his fellow Caribbean Chris Gayle inside. What he likes and dislikes. Gayle loves speed. He likes the width. Pollard didn’t give it to him either. He shot someone into his body — a touch from him, good length on the middle stump. Gail, in advance, opens up, takes his front leg, and looks to pull a short arm over the long arm. But Pollard dropped some yards of his speed on the ball (from 120km delay to 115km) so the ball slowly came to Gail. The rolled-up fold grabbed the surface and a trifle rested on him. Three balls later, Pollard revealed a deadly blow, KL Rahul’s wicket, a ruthless cut to the Kings. He, like Pollard, misjudged the need to pull the ball, but it was again with a slow rolling fold. Rahul spoke incorrectly. It’s the fun thing about grass shots – you can’t be late or early.

Pollard did not bowl another over. But two feet, more or less, stopped the designs of the Punjab. They do not have enough resources to recover and post a serious challenge. It is the brand of wicket that batsmen need to find and improve by disrupting the lengths and random lines of slow bowlers. The Punjab Kings did not have a race of batsmen who could unleash the sandstorm of pyrotechnics – they had the classical or the dull. This is the perfect ball for Pollard’s cameo. And unleash the Pandya chaos.





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