Monday 5 May 2014 

Cricket World Player Of The Week - Kieron Pollard

Kieron Pollard is the Cricket World Player Of The Week
Kieron Pollard is the Cricket World Player Of The Week
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Mumbai Indians batsman Kieron Pollard has been named as the Cricket World Player Of The Week after he helped his side get off the mark in this year's Indian Premier League competition.

He played two impressive innings this week, one which didn't quite them over the line against the Sunrisers Hyderabad, and then one which did - for the first time in IPL7 - against the Kings XI Punjab.

Against the Sunrisers, Mumbai were chasing 173 to win and Pollard came in with his side struggling on 31 for three.

However, he blasted 78 in 48 balls, with three fours and six sixes to almost single-handedly keep them in the game.

With a little more support, he might have got them home, but his knock served notice that the Mumbai side were beginning to click.

Finally things came good at their home ground when they took on the Kings XI Punjab.

This time, Pollard's innings of 28 in 12 balls, including 20 runs from the penultimate over, turned the match decisively in favour of the reigning champions.

They passed their target of 169 with five balls to spare, Pollard hitting two fours and two sixes.

Other contenders in an entertaining week of IPL cricket included David Warner, AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum for their efforts with the bat, all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Rishi Dhawan and bowlers Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and James Faulkner.

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