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Dedicate win to my wife, it's her birthday: Pollard

13 April 2019

When the side steps out to face Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, it's very likely that Rohit Sharma will be fit to return to duty.

The Indians still needed a steep 32 runs to win going into that over, but two further maximums and a boundary from Pollard off the young left-armer reduced the equation to a more manageable 15 required off the last.

In their previous game in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians proved that blessings can come in disguise.

In the first match of tomorrow's doubleheader, Mumbai are scheduled to lock horns against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) who lost against the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Jaipur.

Chasing 198 to win after KL Rahul's maiden IPL century for Kings XI, Mumbai looked in trouble at 94-4 after 12 overs, but Pollard took the game down to the final over. IPL debutant Siddhesh Lad was dismissed for 15 runs in the fourth over.

Rahul too was struggling to accelerate, leaving Punjab with a real danger of a slow finish.

Now whether Rohit Sharma will play against Rajasthan or not, it's a big question. David Miller then took an even better catch, sliding effortlessly at long off to send back Quinton de Cock off Ashwin. There was more drama when Pollard holed out to a bouncer - something the bowlers refused to try earlier - in the third ball, bringing the equation to 4 off 3, and ultimately 2 off 1, with two tailenders. In the middle order, Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard and Ishan Kishan will be crucial.

That doubled in the next five overs, with Rahul attacking Alzarri Joseph and Gayle targeting Hardik Pandya. Rahul Chahar is the lone spinner. The bounce of Wankhede will be a welcome change for the Rajasthan batsmen and despite the loss, Rajasthan are unlikely to change their XI.

Rajasthan Royals pacers Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni along with Shreyas Gopal and leggie Riyan Parag would have to deliver for their skipper if they have to stay alive and make it to the Playoffs.

Team Mumbai seems to be following the mantra of "Play harder, party harder".

With Jos Buttler, Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith leading this market there is value further down the list. Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal have been the two leaders in the bowling department. Jaydev Unadkat/Varun Aaron, 11.

"Rohit is the captain of the team and it was only a precautionary measure for the team. He should be back in the next game", Pollard had said.

"I'm sure guys will take it on and learn from these mistakes".

"We have life, we need to get up in the morning, the sun rises in the east and set in the west. You don't think about much because there are a lot of opinions, there are a lot of things, but it's people as close to you and what they think matters".

Dedicate win to my wife, it's her birthday: Pollard