Last Update on: May 13th, 2019 at 12:10 pm
Mumbai Indians star Kieron Pollard played a crucial role in Mumbai Indians’ thrilling one-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the final on Sunday. Mumbai were reeling at 89 for 4 in the 13th over when he arrived at the crease. By the time the innings ended, Pollard scored an unbeaten 41 to help Mumbai Indians overcame a poor start and finish on a competitive 149 for 8.
The score turned out to be just enough in the end as the Super Kings ended on 148 for 7. The Super Kings were comfortably placed at 70 for 1 in the tenth over before losing Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni for just 12 runs. Shane Watson did manage to keep Super Kings in contention with a fighting fifty but departed on the fourth ball of the 20th over when his team needed just 4 from three runs. Lasith Malinga then defended the three runs to power Mumbai to a monumental win.
But the title win became a bit bitter when Pollard was fined 25 percent of his match fee by referee Javagal Srinath. The match official found Pollard guilty if breaching the IPL’s Code of Conduct. The allrounder admitted to the Level 1 breach for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision.
“Mr Pollard admitted to the Level 1 offence 2.8 of the IPL Code of Conduct for Players and Team Officials and accepted the sanction,” read the statement from IPL.
Pollard faced the charge for his action in the final over of Mumbai Indians’ innings bowled by Dwayne Bravo. He vented his anger when umpire Nitin Menon ruled two consecutive wide calls in Super Kings’ favour. Pollard responded by taking the strike well away from the stumps and near the ‘wide-line’ before pulling away as the bowler ran in. This prompted both the on-field umpires, Menon and Ian Gould, to have a chat with Pollard. The Mumbai Indians star finally went back to his normal stance and completed the innings.