27th Match IPL 2021 - Mumbai Indians vs Chennai Super Kings (Delhi)
There have been several stunning performances at the IPL over the past ten years, but none of it was as special as it was in what became the most spectacular of run chases as Kieron Pollard led the Mumbai Indians to a sensational win in the last ball in pursuit of a 219 target set by the Chennai Super Kings in Delhi on Saturday.
It had to be Pollard or no one else as he clobbered an unbeaten 87 with as many as eight sixes to add to six fours in a devastating 34-ball stay as the Mumbai Indians won by four wickets.
The result also ended the Super Kings' five-match winning streak after they piled up what looked like a match-winning 218 for 4 in the 20 overs as Ambati Rayudu smashed an unbeaten 72 after Moeen Ali (58) and Faf du Plessis (50) set the course with a 108-run stand for the second wicket in only 10.1 overs.
But Pollard overshadowed everyone else on the field as he took up position with the Mumbai Indians three down for 85 in 9.4 overs.
With brute force he brought the bowlers onto their knees as the Mumbai Indians added a further 89 runs in only 6.5 overs with Krunal Pandya (32) and then needed to score 16 runs to settle the issue in the final over bowled by paceman Lungi Ngidi.
Pollard refused a single in the first ball and dug out a yorker that followed which sneaked through his legs to the boundary. Pollard pulled the third ball for four to the fine-leg fence and again refused a single in the fourth ball as the Mumbai Indians finally needed eight runs off the last two balls.
Ngidi then bowled a full toss that Pollard dispatched for six and in the last ball scampered through for two runs with Dhawal Kulkarni at the other end after playing the ball towards mid-on to bring up the win.
In all, as many as 437 runs were scored in the 40 overs shared between the two teams while the ball was hit for six 30 times during the course of the contest with Rayudu accounting for seven in his unbeaten 72 made in 27 balls for the Chennai Super Kings.
The Super Kings at one stage did not look as if they could reach a 200-plus score with eight overs left and 116 runs on the board.
But Rayudu and Ravindra Jadeja, who played second fiddle, smashed 82 runs off the last five overs as the main strike bowler of the Mumbai Indians Jasprit Bumrah conceded 56 runs in his four overs without taking a wicket.
Jadeja's contribution was 22.
Chennai Super Kings 218 for 4 in 20 overs (Faf du Plessis 50, Moeen Ali 58, Ambati Rayudu 72 not out)
Mumbai Indians 219 for 6 in 20 overs (Kieron Pollard 87 not out)