IPL 2019: Kieron Pollard and Hardus Viljoen engaged in a mid-pitch banter after the Windies cricketer got hit by a delivery. It happened when Viljeon walked up to Pollard and enquired if Pollard was in pain. Pollard gave an indication that everything was okay and play carried on. Chasing 198 to win and after a poor start, all hopes of an MI win lies with Pollard. He has shown glimpses of how dangerous he can be, but tonight he has got a start and would hope he can take his side over the line.
Here is the video of the exchange:
Earlier in the day, World Cup hopeful K.L. Rahul slammed an unbeaten hundred, his first in the Indian Premier League, as Kings XI Punjab also rode on Chris Gayle’s pyrotechnics to post 197/4 in 20 overs against Mumbai Indians here on Wednesday.
Rahul (100 not out off 64 balls) and Gayle (63 off 36 balls) joined hands for a 116-run opening wicket partnership to give the away side a blistering start. While Rahul hit six fours and six sixes, Gayle bludgeoned seven maximums and three sixes.
Gayle was dismissed in the 13th over after which Kings XI slowed down a bit. But Rahul ensured they get to an above par score by smashing Hardik Pandya 6-4-6-6 in the first four deliveries of the 19th over and then hit Jasprit Bumrah for a four and six in the final over as 38 runs came in the last two overs.
Gayle, typically, took time to get going and it was only in the fifth over that the legendary West Indian changed gears by hitting Jason Behrendorff for three sixes and one four as the Aussie leaked 23 runs.
At the time of filing the copy, MI was 109/4 after 13 overs. Mumbai needs 89 runs in 42 balls.