Defending champions Mumbai showed their mettle as they chased down Chennai’s target of 219 in their Indian T20 League 2021 game at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on Saturday.
Mumbai smashed 138 runs in the final 10 overs of their contest against MS Dhoni and Co., and riding on Kieron Pollard’s fiery knock of 87 runs off 34 balls, the defending champions wrapped up the four-wicket win in style.
Opting to bowl first, Mumbai managed to restrict Chennai to 116/4 in 12 overs, but a determined performance from Ambati Rayudu propelled the three-time winners to 218/4.
In response, Rohit Sharma and Co. made a confident start with 58 runs in the powerplay before losing three quick wickets between overs 7.4 and 9.4.
Once Pollard stepped into the run chase, it was absolute carnage with Lungi Ngidi conceding a whopping 62 runs in his four overs. The Pandya brothers - Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya - provided strong support to Pollard who smashed six boundaries and eight sixes at a strike rate of 255.88.
Highest successful run chase in the Indian T20 League
Rajasthan holds the record for the highest successful run chase in the Indian T20 League. Mumbai’s result eclipsed Rajasthan’s 215 against Deccan in 2008.
In the 2020 edition, Rajasthan chased down Punjab’s target of 223 despite losing an early wicket. After KL Rahul’s men posted a score of 222/2 on the back of a Mayank Agarwal century, Steve Smith and Co. secured a four-wicket win riding on 50-plus knocks of Smith, Sanju Samson and Rahul Tewatia.
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