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The clash between the two most successful IPL franchises who share eight titles between them resulted in a run-fest as the teams amassed a combined score of 437 races, including 30 six.
Eight of those six flew off Pollard’s bat as the Mumbai middle pillar crushed 87 unbeaten on just 34 balls, his first fifty this season, to secure Mumbai’s final four-wicket victory.
“World class players in the CSK squad,” Pollard said of Chennai, led by former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.
“We built this game as the IPL El Clasico. When you have international players with so much experience … guys who have done it time and time again, you want to be able to come out. and to play (against them) in these kinds of matches. ”
“For me, it’s just a matter of doing what I can do – playing with my strengths and doing what the team needs at all times,” the 33-year-old said after his spectacular power gave him away. worth playing. -the price of the match.
Since joining the franchise in 2010, Pollard has been a crucial cog in Mumbai’s five triumphant IPL campaigns and the all-rounder said familiarity with the franchise has helped.
“Over a period of time you are comfortable in a franchise and they believe in you after so many years. You just want to keep going out and playing.
“So for me it’s just a matter of coming out day in and day out trying to grow as a cricketer and trying to do my best.”