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IPL 2016: Kieron Pollard peaking at the right time, says Rohit Sharma

first_imgRohit Sharma led his side from the front with his fourth fifty this season as Mumbai Indians chased down Kolkata Knight Riders’ 174 for five with six wickets in hand and 12 balls to spare. However, it was Kieron Pollard’s innings that changed the complex of the game as he slammed a fiery 17-ball 51 not out to guide Mumbai to their fourth victory this season. (Match Report | Highlights | Points Table)Pollard joined Man of the Match Rohit Sharma (68*) after Mumbai were reduced to 106 for four in 13 overs. With Mumbai middle-order looking vulnerable and all hopes pinned on their skipper once again, Pollard wasted no time in easing the pressure off Rohit with some lusty blows. The West Indian peaked at the right moment timing everything that he hit with the bat to perfection and sending the Wankhede crowd into a frenzy with as many as six maximums in his blazing knock.”We batted brilliantly. Pollard’s form was crucial and he is peaking at the right time. This is going to be our last game here. The support has been superb here. I want to thank the crowd. Mumbai always enjoy perfect cricket. They have been wanting to see Pollard fire,” Rohit said at the post-match presentation ceremony.Wakhede or any other venue in Maharashtra will not host any IPL matches in May due to a severe drought situation in the state. Mumbai have picked Jaipur as the venue to host their remaining three home matches. A final call will be taken by the IPL governing council on Friday.advertisement”It was a good game and we wanted this win badly We stuck to our plans though we dropped a lot of catches. I don’t know what’s our home venue. We will have to understand the conditions and adapt as soon as possible,” he said.Mumbai deserved to winKKR captain Gautam Gambhir denied to give any excuses for their loss, but praised the Mumbai Indians unit.”We are not going to give excuses. We did bowl well. We are also 15 runs short. I thought we needed an innings like Pollard did. At one stage, I thought we would get 190. They deserved to win. I am not going to take about the dew. The dew, toss is not in my hand,” Gambhir said.last_img read more