Pollard whirlwind knock cripples Narine’s KKR
Kieron Pollard equalled the fastest half-century of the Indian Premier League this season and became only the sixth player in history to eclipse 6,000 Twenty20 runs, as he propelled Mumbai Indians to an emphatic six-wicket victory over Kolkata Knight Riders here yesterday.
Set 175 for victory at the Wankhede Stadium, the hosts romped to their target with two overs remaining, with Pollard blasting an unbeaten 51 from a mere 17 deliveries.
He arrived at the crease at the end of the 13th over with the reigning champions Mumbai still requiring 69 for victory, and dominated the remainder of the innings striking two fours and six sixes.
Pollard's West Indies teammate and fellow Trinidadian, off-spinner Sunil Narine, produced a brilliant spell of two for 22 from his four overs but was unable to halt Mumbai's charge.
West Indies all-rounder, AndrE Russell, went wicket-less from his three overs of seam which leaked 28 runs.
Earlier, Gautam Gambhir top-scored with 59 off 45 balls in a 69-run, first-wicket stand with Robin Uthappa, who made 36 from 20 balls, after KKR were asked to bat.