El Clasico of IPL, CSK vs MI:
Every time there is a match between Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians, we grab our popcorn tubs, clear our schedule, and are glued to our seats because we can always expect action-packed performances. It is the El Classico of IPL, and over the years we have never been disappointed. Here’s a recap of some of the best encounters between the two teams.
Restricting the most successful team in their first-ever IPL finial in 2010
Mumbai Indians were playing in the finals for the first time, and they got off to a decent start. They restricted Chennai Super Kings to score runs in the beginning before Mr. IPL, Suresh Raina, came to the crease. He played brilliant Cricket and scored 57 with a strike rate of 163. Because of his efforts, CSK got to a total of 168 runs, which was not the best totals to defend in the final.
In the second innings, they kept things tight and never allowed Mumbai Indians to score big. Sachin Tendulkar scored 48 runs, but the pressure was too much on the other players by the time he got out. In the end, Kieron Pollard made an effort to get there, but he could not do much. Chennai Super Kings won the match and lifted their first-ever IPL title.
Revenge of 2010 in the finals in 2013
It was the first time after 2010 that Mumbai was coming face to face with Chennai Super Kings in the Finals, and they were eager for revenge. In the first innings, Mumbai lost early wickets in the powerplay and was 4 wickets down before the 10th over ended. Kieron Pollard came to their rescue. He played his most famous innings of 60 of 32 balls while wickets kept falling on the other end. Mumbai got to a total of 148.
Mumbai took inspiration from Chennai and picked early wickets in the powerplay. But Mumbai did not stop there, they kept on taking wickets. At a point, Chennai was 8 wickets down within 12 overs. MS Dhoni’s brilliant effort of 63 went in vain, Mumbai Indians were the champions for the first time. Little did they know there were many more to come.
Brilliance of Kieron Pollard in 2021 | El Clasico of IPL
Chasing a huge target of 219 is always tough, but if you have someone like Kieron Pollard on your side, boundaries are never the limit. Pollard walked on the crease when three quick wickets fell after a good start in the powerplay. He had not had the best of seasons until this match, he scored 87 runs with a strike rate of over 255. His innings was one of his personal best. When he gets going, there is no one better. He has been doing so well for Mumbai Indians for so many years now and continues to do so. There is no doubt that Kieron Pollard is the best when it comes to the El Classico of the IPL.