Mumbai Indians Kieron Pollard has established his reputation as one of the hardest hitters of the cricket ball in world cricket at present. However, it is not just his hitting abilities but also his fielding which make him an incredible asset for any team that he plays for. The West Indian has been known to set his own standards on the field, especially while fielding near the boundary. Pollard however had a moment to forget on the field in the match against Sunrisers Hyderabad at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday when he hilariously toppled over the fence while trying to stop a boundary.
It all happened in the 4th over of the Sunrisers innings when Saha played a pull shot off Jasprit Bumrah towards deep mid-wicket. Pollard chased the ball down till the very end and attempted to kick it back to one of his teammates instead of sliding to use his hands. The end result wasn’t too pretty as it was the ball which won the race eventually while he ended up crashing into the advertising hoarding. Pollard, realising he was travelling too fast to stop in time, acrobatically somersaulted over the fence and onto the ground. It was eventually just his pride that got hurt as he managed to escape unhurt after landing just centimetres away from an outdoor broadcast station.
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Coming to the match, it turned out to be a thrilling contest with the result being decided through a Super Over after the game ended in a tie. Batting first, Mumbai Indians rode on Quinton de Kock’s brilliant knock of 69 runs off 58 balls to post a challenging total of 162/5 in their 20 overs. Manish Pandey and Mohammad Nabi were the standouts with the bat for the visitors, scoring 71 not out and 31 respective to take the game right down to the wire. Pandey managed to hit the last ball of the 20th over for a six to take the game into the Super Over.
Pandey however was run out trying to sneak a second run on the opening delivery of the Super Over while Mohammad Nabi departed three balls later having hit a six, leaving Mumbai needing nine for victory. Hardik Pandya made the equation even easier by smashing Rashid Khan’s first delivery for six at the start of the Indians’ reply. It was eventually Pollard who hit the winning runs for the home side as Mumbai became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. The Sunrisers, on the other hand would need to win their next game against Kolkata Knight Riders to make it to the top four.