Samuel Badree, on debut for Royal Challengers Bangalore, claimed the hat-trick that left Mumbai Indians reeling at 7 for 4 in chase of 143.
“Yeah hitting straight was the best option on this pitch, he Pollard got some balls in the arc and backed his strengths, which is down the ground,” Badree said after the match. “He batted with maturity, and showed a lot of guts and character.”
Mitchell McClenaghan, who picked up 2 for 20, also delivered a growing appraisal of Pollard’s innings. “I think Kieron Pollard played one of the best knocks I’ve seen on an incredibly difficult wicket and it shouldn’t be underestimated,” he said. “I think he showed the composure of a top-order batsman to assess the wicket, the situations. To work the ones and wait for the ball in his slot. It’s one of the smartest, most technically good chases I’ve seen on such a difficult wicket. Unbelievable!
“Look what I’ve seen over the last couple of games is that you have the experience of Pollard, the determination to prove few people wrong about somethings that have been said to come out and play an exceptional knock.”
Gujarat Lions 172 for 3 (McCullum 49, Smith 47) beat Rising Pune Supergiant 171 for 8 (Smith 43, Tye 5 for 17) by seven wickets.
Andrew Tye took the second hat-trick of the day in the IPL – and his second hat-trick of the year.
“It’s a good format of cricket, but traditionally, I would still love to play Test cricket. The slower ball worked very well for me”, says Andrew Tye, Man of the Match. “Every wicket is different around the world, so you have to assess conditions to find out which ball works where.”
“I think when we lost two games, it was difficult for us to come back strongly”, says Lions captain Suresh Raina. “I thought AJ bowled brilliantly. He is a very smart cricketer who varies his pace, especially in the death overs. Jason Roy missed out today, but then Baz and Smith did it for us. They have done it for CSK and they did it again today.”