Kieron Pollard played a scintillating knock to see his side over the line against KKR © IANS
Kieron Pollard played a scintillating knock to see his side over the line against KKR © IANS

 Mumbai Indians (MI) pulled off a much-anticipated win against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Wankhede Stadium on Thursday. KKR had put up a competitive 174 for 5, thanks to a typically steady 45-ball 59 from KKR captain Gautam Gambhir. In return, MI lost a few early wickets before Kieron Pollard joined MI captain Rohit Sharma. At that stage MI required 69 runs from 42 balls. However, as Rohit held one end up, Pollard went bonkers at the other end, slamming the joint third-fastest fifty in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL). As Rohit masterminded the chase with a sedate 49-ball unbeaten 68, Pollard ensured that MI romped home with two overs to spare.  FULL CRICKET SCORECARD: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 24 at Mumbai

Pollard’s brutal 17-ball unbeaten 51 consisted of 2 fours and 6 sixes. Interestingly, the other person to have scored a 17-ball fifty in IPL is Chris Morris, who did it yesterday. In the process Pollard also joined Suresh Raina and Yusuf Pathan in the league of batsmen to have scored fifty-plus IPL scores with a strike rate of over 300. FULL CRICKET UPDATES: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, IPL 2016, Match 24 at Mumbai

IPL fastest innings: 50 or more runs 

Player

R

B

4s

6s

SR

Team

Against

Ground

Year

Suresh Raina

87

25

12

6

348.0

CSK

KXIP

Wankhede

2014

Yusuf Pathan

72

22

5

7

327.3

KKR

SRH

Eden Gardens

2014

Kieron Pollard

51*

17

2

6

300.0

MI

KKR

Wankhede

2016

Yusuf Pathan

100

37

9

8

270.3

RR

MI

Brabourne

2010

David Miller

51*

19

0

6

268.4

KXIP

RR

Sharjah

2014

Note:

1. The fastest IPL score in excess of 25 was a 7-ball 28 (strike rate: 400) by Albie Morkel for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Chepauk, 2012.

2. As is evident, Yusuf has played the fastest innings of 100 or more. Others with a 250-plus strike rate for an IPL century are

David Miller, 101* in 38 balls, strike rate 265.8, for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs RCB at Mohali, 2013; and Chris Gayle, 175* in 66 balls, RCB vs Pune Warriors India (PWI) at Chinnaswamy, 2013.