He pulled Rajpoot, who gave away 28 runs in his first two overs, without muscle to give Yuvraj Singh a simple catch at mid-on.
But it was Pollard, brought back into Mumbai's side, that stunned Kings XI with a 23-ball 50.
Pitch: The Wankhede pitch has produced some good game of cricket this season, so we can expect that even this game will produce 165-170 runs. I have been in this position over the last few years and I know how to handle the situation. "We are not one of the top champion sides to be very honest, we are one of those sides that punched above our weight in the first half of the competition", Ashwin said at the post match press conference.
Now, criticism has started pouring in on to the player and KXIP team management has asked R Ashwin to step down from captaincy and concentrate on his bowling. In the end, KXIP fell short as there was no one to finish the chase as a disappointed Rahul looked on. I expected some dip, that's what has happened.
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With 10 points from 12 matches, Mumbai's hopes are hanging by the most slender of threads.
All three may come up with a short-ball attack on the rival openers as Umesh Yadav showed with great success last night for RCB.
Punjab have thrashed Mumbai four times in their seven games at the Wankhede Stadium. Presently, they are sixth on the league table with five wins from 12 games. In the earlier phase of the tournament, despite good individual performances, MI were struggling to close games, and in all these matches Pollard remained the sole failure, which resulted in his ouster from the Playing XI. And as the innings progressed, despite the sapping humidity which had both the batsmen in some trouble, they paced the visitors' innings well.
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