Twitter Reactions: Pollard’s roaring comeback helps Mumbai Indians post 186

The highlight of the innings was Pollard's 22-ball 50 that kept the hosts interested.

Andrew Tye
Kings XI Punjab’s Andrew Tye celebrates fall of Suryakumar Yadav’s wicket. (Photo by IANS)

The 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League is nearing the business end of the season. With the playoffs a week away, the race to make it to the playoffs is heating up big time. In the ongoing match number 50 of the season, two sides who are hanging by the cliff in the tournament, locked horns in Mumbai. The Mumbai Indians are hosting the Kings XI Punjab in the match.

Coming to the game, both sides knew they had to win this to keep their hopes alive. And now, at the half way stage, the hosts would be a happier camp considering the revival they made in the first innings after the early slump. Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opted to bowl first. The Mumbai Indians did not have a great start as Andrew Tye dismissed Evin Lewis on 9 in the third over.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan then played blitzkrieg cameos to push the visitors away. While Yadav scored 27 off 15 deliveries, Ishan hammered a 12-ball 20. The Kings got back in to the game with Andrew Tye dismissing both the players on successive deliveries in the final powerplay over. Rohit Sharma was removed by Ankit Rajpoot soon after.

Krunal Pandya and the comeback man, Kieron Pollard, had the task of rebuilding the innings. The innings slowed down for a brief while. The momentum started to shift again in the middle overs when the Mumbai Indians scored 66 runs in four overs (12th to 15th over). Krunal scored a handy 32 off 23 balls before getting dismissed by Marcus Stoinis.

But the highlight of the innings was Pollard’s 22-ball 50 that kept the hosts interested. Pollard was dismissed at a very crucial time of the game in the 16th over by R Ashwin. The innings sort of slipped away after Pollard’s dismissal. Mitchell McClenaghan and Mayank Markande hit a few very crucial runs at the end to take Mumbai Indians to 186/8 in their 20 overs.

Here is how the Twitterati reacted to the Mumbai Indians innings:

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