Mumbai: Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard’s sensational 83-run knock put KL Rahul’s maiden IPL hundred in the shade as Mumbai Indians pulled off a thrilling last-ball three-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab, here Wednesday. Rahul and Chris Gayle, who struck a 36-ball 63 powered Kings XI Punjab to an imposing 197 for four after being asked to bat. Pollard single handedly brought his side back in the game with his 31-ball knock punishing the Punjab bowlers with 10 sixes and three fours.

The burly West Indian was dismissed in the second ball of the last over with four needed for victory from final five balls. Alzarri Joseph (15 not out), who added a crucial 54 runs in 23 balls with Pollard for the seventh wicket, and Rahul Chahar (1) managed to hold their nerves to take side past the finish line. The victory was the third in a row for MI and took their tally to eight from six games while Kings XI suffered their third defeat in seven games.

Pollard’s pyrotechnics stole the thunder from Kings XI openers K L Rahul who had carried his bat through with an unbeaten 100 in 64 balls with the help of six fours and as many sixes and his opening partner Chris Gayle who smashed 63 in 36 balls with seven sixes and three fours.

IPL 2019: Kings XI looted by stand-in skipper Kieron Pollard

Pollard, standing in for Rohit Sharma, who missed out on the game due to leg spasm injury, promoted himself in the order. After 10 overs, MI needed 133 in 60 balls, still fancying their chances with the big-hitting Pollard at the crease and another fine finisher Hardik Pandya to follow. Shami got rid of the other Hardhik and Krunal Pandya in spac of four balls.

Kings XI punjab
L Rahul not out …………………………….100
C Gayle c K Pandya b Behrendorff …..63
D Miller c de Kock b H Pandya ………….7
K Nair c R Chahar b H Pandya ………….5
S Curran c de Kock b Bumrah …………..8
M Singh not out ……………………………….7
Extras: (w-6, lb-1) …………………………..7
Total (For 4 wkts) ………………………..197
FoW: 1-116, 2-131, 3-141, 4-151
Bowling: J Behrendorff 4-0-35-1, J Bumrah 4-0-38-1, A Joseph 2-0-22-0, R Chahar 4-0-27-0, H Pandya 4-0-57-2, K Pandya 2-0-17-0.

MUMBAI INDIANS
S Lad b M Shami …………………………….15
S Yadav c sub b Curran ……………………21
KA Pollard (c) c Miller b Rajpoot ………..83
I Kishan run out (Curran) ……………………7
H Pandya c Miller b M Shami …………..19
K Pandya c Miller b M Shami …………….1
A Joseph not out ……………………………..15
R Chahar not out ………………………………1
Extras: (nb-1, w-11) …………………………12
Total: (for 7 wkts) ………………………….198
FoW: 1-28, 2-56, 3-62, 4-94, 5-135, 6-140, 7-194
Bowling: A Rajpoot 4-0-52-1, Mohammed Shami 4-0-21-3, G Viljoen 4-0-34-0, R Ashwin 4-0-37-1,
S Curran 4-0- 54-1

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