Hardik Pandya was left short of words to describe Kieron Pollard’s stunning assault on the Chennai Super Kings bowlers which helped Mumbai Indians chase down 219 on the last ball of the innings on Saturday in Delhi.
Coming in to bat at 81/3, the big West Indian didn’t waste any time and started with alacrity – he soon raced to a 17-ball fifty. With support from both Hardik Pandya, and earlier his brother Krunal, Pollard scripted a heist for the ages to add another folklore in the MI-CSK rivalry.
Speaking after the game, Hardik Pandya lauded his teammate’s efforts, not just on the night, but for doing similar performances for years. Pollard has been with the Mumbai Indians since 2010, and always had a major contribution to all of their title victories.
Hardik Pandya, too, seems to be returning to form – he smashed a couple of crucial maximums off Sam Curran, CSK’s best bowler on Saturday, in his quickfire cameo of 16 runs off 7 balls.
“After winning this sort of a game you got to be pumped for the rest of the night I guess. When he (Pollard) does something like this you are genuinely speechless,” Hardik Pandya said after the match on Star Sports.
“The best part was he has done it over the years again and again. Bloody… Fantastic. I mean I will say inspirational to watch someone do it consistently and on his day do something this amazing.
“I would have loved to finish the game, but us winning the game was more important. 210 (218)… the game can’t get better than this. Especially for me when you are chasing something like this you don’t have to think much. You bloody go and swing,” he added.
We have arrived at the right time of the tournament now: Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians has now won back-to-back games, after two wins in their first 5 matches. The 27-year-old all-rounder feels that MI is peaking at the right time, and the win over CSK gives them the momentum going forward.
“I feel we have arrived at the right time of the tournament now. I feel for us this game was very important This momentum is going to help us do wonders I think. Again special mention to Polly, I am just very proud of him,” the right-hander concluded.
The Rohit Sharma-led outfit has 8 points in 7 matches now. They will fancy their chances against the out-of-form Sunrisers Hyderabad on Tuesday.