IPL 5: Mumbai's gamble paid off, says Pollard

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Published: Thursday, April 12, 2012, 12:08 [IST]
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'Owais Shah's dismissal, key to victory'

Mumbai, Apr 12: Mumbai Indians' all-rounder Kieron Pollard has said that the team's gamble paid off against Rajasthan Royals as they won the thriller by 27 runs.

Chasing a target of 198, Rajasthan Royals were bowled out for 170 in 19.4 overs. Mumbai took a gamble by bringing back Malinga in hte 15th over, when Owais Shah was on a roll, as he had already scored 76 and was looking at finishing the game. It indeed worked as Malinga dismissed Owais Shah as Rajasthan Royals' downfall started.

After his dismissal, Royals were bundled out for 170, in other words, the team lost 6 wickets for 36 runs.

"We took a gamble in bringing back Malinga (in the 15th over) to get a wicket as Owais Shah was batting pretty well. So we took the gamble and it worked for us. Some days it would work, some day's it wouldn't.

"This is T20 cricket. It just takes just one chance and one over to change the game," he said after MI's 27-run victory last night that pitchforked the team into the top of the league table.

Pollard also spoke about his promotion in the batting order, during the post match press conference on Wednesday.

"I just play my game and know exactly what to do. I am coming off a series against Australia (T20 and ODI). It's just a matter of continuing (what I did), adapting to the conditions here in India, continue what I was doing. I would take it from there, game by game and situation by situation (batting higher up)," he said.

The 24 year old from Trinidad, played brilliantly to score 64 off 33 balls and also claimed four wickets for 44 to be named the man of the match for Wednesday's match against Rajasthan Royals.

"It's my first 50. I don't think you expect me to get a fifty from 17 to 20 overs. I got the opportunity today, it worked for us. It was the first for me and has given me the confidence."

He further said that the victory was very important for the team as they won the match at their home ground.

"Yes it's an important victory, first in a home game. We have to make use of 7 or 8 of them. We have the momentum but it's important to continue that throughout the tournament."

Pollard also felt that the pitch offered was a better one for batting when compared to the previous one against Pune Warriors on April 6.

"This one was a better track, with the ball coming on to the bat. We batted well... We knew a score of 160 wouldn't be enough on this."


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