Pollard, Sharma star in Mumbai chase


The Mumbai Indians notched up their third IPL win in four matches as they successfully chased down the target of 175 set by the Kolkota Knight Riders.

KKR got off to a great start in their innings, as Robin Uthappa and Guatam Gambhir compiled a quickfire 69 runs before Harbhajan Singh dismissed the former for 36 in the eighth over.

Gambhir followed six over later for 59, having combined solidly with Suryakumar Yadav, but the Knight Riders' innings never really caught fire.

Yasan, Andre Russell and Yusuf Pathan all made decent contributions, however, and their total of 174/5 was certainly defendable.

KKR again started well as Umesh Yadav dismissed Parthiv Patel for 1, but a partnership of 59 runs from Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu righted the ship for Mumbai.

There was hope for the Knight Riders after Rayudu was dismissed and Krunal Pandya and Jos Buttler followed in pretty quick succession, but the stage was set for Sharma and the arriving Kieron Pollard, and the duo didn't disappoint.

A tight chase briefly appeared on the cards in the dying overs, but with wickets in hand, Pollard could afford to take a few risks.

With Sharma proving the backbone of the partnership, the West Indian smashed 51 off just 17 deliveries at a strike rate of 300 to see the Indians home with 12 balls to spare.

Pollard clobbered six sixes – including three in a row to finish off the match – as Mumbai moved into third place on the points table.