Gayle's Kings XI beat Pollard's Mumbai
DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (CMC):
Chris Gayle outshone West Indies teammate Kieron Pollard in the second of two dramatic superovers as Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians to win their second straight game in the Indian Premier League here yesterday.
With scores tied on 176 after Kings XI failed to get the nine runs required from the final over for outright victory, both teams then found themselves level on five runs at the end of the first superover, with another West Indies player, Nicholas Pooran, dismissed off the second ball for Kings XI.
In the second superover, Pollard blasted the third ball from Barbados-born England all-rounder Chris Jordan for four but managed just two runs from the next three deliveries as Mumbai posted 11 runs.
Gayle, in only his second appearance of the season, then gave Kings XI the ideal start when he cleared the ropes at long on the first ball of the over from New Zealand left-arm seamer Trent Boult.
A single off the next delivery put Mayank Agarwal on strike, and he finished the game with consecutive boundaries.
Pollard had earlier belted a 12-ball unbeaten 34 as Mumbai, choosing to bat first at the Dubai International Stadium, tallied 176 for six off their 20 overs.
South African opener Quinton de Kock top-scored with 53 off 43 deliveries in a 58-run, fourth-wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (34) to pull the innings around from 38 for three in the sixth over.
And with Mumbai slumping at 119 for six in the 17th over, Pollard arrived at number seven to strike a four and four sixes and dominate a 57-run unbroken seventh-wicket stand with Nathan Coulter-Nile (24 not out), which saw the reigning champions to their eventual total.
In another superover finish in Abu Dhabi, West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell endured another hugely disappointing outing, but his Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got the better of Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Sent in, KKR raised 163 for five off their 20 overs, with Russell managing only nine to extend his poor run with the bat that has seen him scrape 92 runs from eight outings.
Russell then conceded 29 runs from two overs, including sending down a last over that cost 17 runs and allowed Sunrisers to level the scores.