Kieron Pollard's blistering unbeaten 27-ball 66 all but assured Mumbai Indians of a play-off berth after the hosts defeated Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets in their Pepsi IPL 6 match. Pollard finished the game in style, hitting two sixes off the final over.
Mumbai Indians players celebrate their win with top scorer K Pollard.
Pollard was at his destructive best as he decisively swung the match in his team's favour after Sachin Tendulkar was retired hurt for a 31-ball 38 in the 12th over and Mumbai lost two quick wickets to be left stranded at 100 for three in 14 overs.
Mumbai Indians batsman Sachin Tendulkar plays shot against Sunrisers Hyderabad. (PTI)
But Pollard had other ideas in his mind as he forged an unconquered 85-run partnership in just 37 deliveries for the fourth wicket with skipper Rohit Sharma, who made an unbeaten 15-ball 20, to romp his side home with three balls to spare.
Mumbai Indians batsmen K Pollard and Rohit Sharma celebrate their win. (PTI)
Rohit Sharma was reduced to a mere spectator as it was Pollard, who took the onus on himself and decorated his innings with two fours and eight massive sixes. (PTI)
Sunrisers started off well with wicket-keeper batsman Parthiv Patel scoring a 19-ball 26 and sharing a 38-run partnership with Dhawan for the opening wicket before being caught by Rayudu off Lasith Malinga at deep square leg.
Mumbai Indians bowler L Malinga celebrates the wicket of a batsman of Sunrisers Hyderabad. (PTI)