KL Rahul's maiden Indian Premier League hundred went in vain as Kieron Pollard clinched a sensational victory for Mumbai Indians at Wankhede.
Rohit Sharma missed the match for injury. Kieron Pollard, the standing in captain for Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bowl. The inform openers of Punjab team KL Rahul and Chris Gayle gave a sedate start. When Gayle was looking set for his 7th IPL hundred he got out after scoring 63 runs off 36 balls. The paid of Gayle and Rahul added 116 runs and created the base for a huge total of Punjab. After Gayle's dismissal, KXIP lost 3 more wickets for 20 runs. For a certain time, it looked like Mumbai Indians were back on the track. But KL Rahul was still going strong and scored his maiden 100 off 64 balls. He smashed Hardik Pandya for a 6, 4, 6 and 6 to move into the 90s. Finally, he reached his hundred and remained not out.
Chasing 198, MI were soon 65 for 3 off 10 overs. They needed 133 runs off the last 60 balls. Not a lot cricket experts expected Mumbai to chase that massive score successfully. Half-way into the chase and Mumbai Indians were 65 for 3 with Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard at the crease.
At that stage, it looked impossible. Few fans waited for Pollard to play Russell, his West Indian teammate. Pollard stayed and stunned all. He smashed boundaries after boundaries to take the match away from Punjab. Finally, Pollard went out for 83 off 31 balls in the last over with four balls remaining. But by then the job was almost done. There was a chance of losing or even ending the match into a Super Over. But Alzarri Joseph drove Rajpoot straight down the ground to collect two runs to seal the win for Mumbai. 113 runs in 10 overs is the most number of runs chased successfully by any team in the last ten overs in IPL.