A win is a win, says Pollard
Mumbai: Mumbai Indians might have to battle hard to earn the seven-wicket victory over Pune Warriors in a low-scoring IPL match here today, but all-rounder Kieron Pollard said the Sachin Tendulkar-led side was happy to pocket full two points from the tie.
Chasing Pune`s meagre tally of 118, Mumbai Indians completed the job only on the last ball of the innings with Rohit Sharma hitting a six off Murali Kartik.
"A win is a win. We chased 120 runs and managed to win the game. You have to look at the circumstances. Hopefully, we will show improvement in the next game," said Pollard at the post-match press conference.
"They (the batsmen) did what they had to do at that time. Hopefully, we will do it a little quicker the next time," he added.
Pollard hinted that the wicket too could have contributed to the sluggish rate of scoring.
"In the first match (against Kochi Tuskers Kerala on April 17), it was a good batting wicket. This time it was a bit on the slower side. Having said that, both sides had to play on it," he said.
Pollard termed the superb, acrobatic catch he took off Pune`s Robin Uthappa at long on, when the batsman was going great guns, as the "turning point" of the match.
"Uthappa is a dangerous batsman. You needed your best fielders on the boundary at that time. At that time I just went to long on and he actually hit the ball to me. It was a bit low. I tried to run and grasp it.”
"I think that was the turning point. Had he been there for the next couple of overs it would have been difficult," he said.
Uthappa was out for 45 made off just 27 balls with a six and six fours and had come into bat when Pune were struggling at 17 for two which then plunged to 17 for four.
Pollard was happy at the order in which he is batting currently, which has hardly given the West Indian any chance to showcase his big hitting prowess.
"I won`t be pressing hard for a promotion (in the batting order). Out of the four games we have won three. In the third game we scored 180. The batsmen are on top (form). Sachin (Tendulkar) and (Ambati) Rayudu are doing the job for us at the top," he said.
The Trinidadian hoped he would be able to grasp the chance when it comes his way.
"When my time comes I will have to go and grasp it," Pollard said.
On the controversy over Chris Gayle opting to play in the IPL rather than in the upcoming series against Pakistan, Pollard tried to be diplomatic.
"That`s for Gayle and the West Indies Cricket Board to deal with. I think both have to come to a solution. That`s out of my hands. I am here to play for Mumbai Indians and don`t know what`s going on back home," he said.