Without Rohit Sharma in the playing eleven, things were going to be tough for Mumbai Indians from the onset, in their match against Kings XI Punjab.
However, West Indies' Kieron Pollard rose to the occasion and smashed a 31-ball 83 to cement Mumbai Indians' position in the match that they eventually won by 3 wickets.
The stand-in captain bagged another great record to his name. Needing 133 in last 10 overs, it was the first time a team chased anything more than 126 runs after half their innings, and won.
Twitter couldn't stop applauding the batsman and his heroic innings and here are some of the best reactions.
Kieron Pollard is back. Back at his best. Sensational batting. Great finish....— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 10, 2019
Thats not how batting is defined, thats brutal toying @KieronPollard55 always a treat to watch— Gyan (@lostsoul0109) April 10, 2019
The 133 runs scored in the last 10 overs is the highest in an IPL match to win and 4th highest in all T20s. This was one of the all time great T20 knocks by Kieron Pollard. backed himself to hit the sixes. When Pollard does well MI wins. Mumbai are marching ahead. #IPL2019— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 10, 2019
That is one of Kieron Pollard's greatest innings. A titanic effort from the original death overs hitter to single-handedly take MI within striking distance. His ability to hit sixes despite mis-timing the ball is unmatched by anyone but Gayle. Huge raw power. #IPL #MIvKXIP— Freddie Wilde (@fwildecricket) April 10, 2019
Kieron Pollard is back to his best🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥.— ian bishop (@irbishi) April 10, 2019
Kieron Pollard smashed a 31 ball 83, with 10 sixes as Mumbai Indians beat KXIP by 3 wickets, as a fellow Windies, Alzarri Joseph hits the winning runs in a tight last ball win #MIvKXIP #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/oeU7Y9SLnL— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) April 10, 2019
After his insane match-winning knock, a humble Pollard said:
I would like to thank God. Need to thank him for giving strength to me for doing the things that I do. Also love to thank my wife, it's her birthday today and I want to dedicate this to her.
From Sr. & Jr. Pollard, “Mommy, this win is your b’day gift”— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 11, 2019
Little Kaiden congratulates papa @KieronPollard55 on a fab innings, in an exclusive chat after leading @mipaltan to a famous victory. By @Moulinparikh #MIvKXIP
Watch the full video 📹 👇https://t.co/w4eqLa8pzZ pic.twitter.com/BACnU7O16E