West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard was adjudged player of the match in the 42nd match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 between Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians (MI) and KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) at Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday, September 28.
KL Rahul’s Punjab Kings (PBKS) lost the toss and were invited by Mumbai Indians to bat first. Batting first, Punjab Kings were seen struggling against strong Mumbai Indians (MI) bowling unit.
They lost back-to-back wickets and were reduced to 4 wickets at the score of 48. However, after that Deepak Hooda and Aiden Markram added 61 runs from 47 balls to help Punjab Kings (PBKS) get back the momentum. In the end, they were able to post 135 runs on the board.
The Rohit Sharma-led team also struggled a lot to chase the comparatively small target. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav once again failed to deliver a good performance for Mumbai Indians.
Meanwhile, after that Saurabh Tiwary and Quinton de Kock provided some stability to the team. However, they too lost their wickets. After that explosive batters, Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya came to bat and helped Mumbai win their 5th game of the season.
I Know What I Can Do In All The Facets Of The Game – Kieron Pollard
The all-rounder Kieron Pollard was able to scalp 2 wickets for Mumbai Indians in just one over in the first innings of the match. Meanwhile, during the chase, he scored quick 15 runs off 7 balls to win the Man of the Match award. Also during the match, he achieved the enormous milestone of 300 wickets. He stated:
“Very important to get my 300th wicket. I know what I can do in all the facets of the game. I will be more than happy to do what the team needs of me.”
Pollard further added that he enjoyed his 300th wicket which was of KL Rahul. He asserted:
“You try and watch and target whom you can target and not. I enjoyed my 300th wicket which was KL and obviously it’s a landmark and very special. For me, it’s just of trying to practice and it’s all about practising and batting according to the situation.”
Meanwhile, the West Indies all-rounder acknowledged that he doesn’t have pace, swing and seam but he uses his brain to get the job done for his team. Kieron Pollard said:
“I admit that I don’t have pace, swing and seam but I can use my brain and get the job done. For us, it’s very important to get these 2 points and hopefully, this will be the much-needed spark in the dressing room.”