Struggling West Indies all-rounder
Kieron Pollard got his first score of worth in the Indian Premier League, when
he produced a devastating middle-order cameo to help fire his Mumbai Indians to
a 39-run win over Delhi Daredevils yesterday.
The right-handed Pollard smashed
five sixes and two fours in an amazing, unbeaten 45 from just 13 balls as
Mumbai tallied 183 for four from their allotted 20 overs, batting first at
Brabourne Stadium after winning the toss.
He later returned with his gentle
medium pace to send down four stingy overs that cost just 15 runs to help
restrict Delhi to 144 for seven.
Pollard, the league’s most
expensive signing this year, was also dazzling in the field.
His form will be encouraging for
West Indies especially with the World Twenty20 Championship set to bowl off
later this month in the Caribbean.
Previously, Pollard’s highest score
in the competition had been 25 against Rajasthan Royals last Sunday.
In reply, Delhi were making a fist
of it at 72 for two in the seventh over before losing five quick wickets for 22
runs in the space of 32 balls, to lose momentum.