After scoring a thrilling four-wicket win over Chennai Super Kings in a big-scoring match, Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma said it was probably the most exciting T20 match of his life. Chasing a huge score of 218 for four from Mumbai, Mumbai were bowled out for 219 in their last wicket win. With this, Mumbai has successfully chased down 200 runs for the first time in IPL history. His winning captain was Kieran Pollard, who scored an unbeaten 87 off just 34 balls. Rohit said at the awards ceremony after the match that Pollard played a fantastic innings.
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He said, ‘This is probably the most exciting T20 match of my life. Pollard was excellent. The ground was small and the situation was difficult for bowlers. Rohit said he hoped the batsman would be in the crease until the end. He said, ‘We knew it was a good field for batting, so we decided to stay in the crease for the entire 20 overs. We got off to a good start and then Krunal Pandya and Pollard tackled the innings. Having Hardik Pandya and James Neesham in the squad was a win-win for us.
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Man of the match Pollard also played the ball off the bat and took two wickets for just 12 runs in two overs. He said, ‘When we bowled, our bowlers were throwing fast balls. It’s easy to score, so I used slow balls. Pollard said he wanted to play all six balls of the last over. “I knew bowlers would use wide yorker balls against me, but this time I was prepared for it, to my advantage,” he said. “I kept the strike with me in the last over because I wanted to play six out of six, so we have more chances to win,” he said.