Monday, May 13, 2013

Down with flu but Kieron Pollard still a smash-hit

Mumbai, Tue May 14 2013

His whirlwind knock gave Mumbai Indians the crucial win over Sunrisers Hyderabad in an IPL match but West Indian swashbuckler Kieron Pollard was not even sure about playing the game as he was slightly under the weather due to flu.

\"I am still sniffling a bit. I missed the game against Pune, slightly under the flu. But I knew how important the game was. I came for practice yesterday, I was striking the

ball pretty well,\" Pollard said at the post-match conference last night.

\"So once you are able to move and able to bat, thought I was fit enough to play. The management decided obviously. We knew how important the game was and that was it,\" he added.

Mumbai were struggling at 99 for three and needed 80 runs to win off 40 balls when Pollard came out to bat and smashed an unbeaten 27-ball 66 to steer the team home.

The Trinidadian, who struck eight sixes and two fours, said with the asking rate high, he had to go for the big shots.

\"The situation dictated itself when you walk into bat at 13 runs an over and if you block two balls, it gets upto 15 (runs per over) in no time,\" he said.

\"It is a matter of backing yourself, the situation dictates itself and you have to play each ball on its merit and back your ability to clear the boundaries. Actually choose which bowler who you want to hit and capitalise on,\" he added.

The big-hitting West Indian had been struggling with the bat in the last few games but delivered in the crucial match.

\"When you play against opponents, they study you and they are entitled to bowl well. When we played Sunrisers in Hyderabad, they bowled to their strengths, that was their home ground,\" Pollard said.

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