Stand-in captain Kieron Pollard's sensational 83-run knock put KL Rahul's maiden Indian Premier League hundred in the shade as Mumbai Indians pulled off a thrilling last-ball three-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai yesterday.
Rahul and Chris Gayle, who struck a 36-ball 63, powered Kings XI Punjab to an imposing 197 for four after being asked to bat.
Pollard single handedly brought his side back in the game with his 31-ball knock, punishing the Punjab bowlers with 10 sixes and three fours.
Alzarri Joseph (15 not out), who added a crucial 54 runs in 23 balls with Pollard for the seventh wicket, and Rahul Chahar (1) managed to hold their nerves to take side past the finish line.
SCORES IN BRIEF
Punjab: 197 for 4 in 20 overs (Rahul 100 not out, Gayle 63; Pandya 2-57, Behrendorff 1-35)
Mumbai: 198 for 7 in 20 overs (Pollard 83, De Kock 24; Shami 3-21, Ashwin 1-37)
Result: Mumbai won by 3 wickets.
Player-of-the-match: Kieron Pollard.