- Mumbai Indians beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets
- With this win, Mumbai moved up to 5th position in the points table.
- Batting first, Punjab had scored 135 runs for 6 wickets.
- Mumbai won by scoring 137 for 4 in 19 overs
Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40 not out) stunned Mumbai Indians to register their fifth win of the season by defeating Punjab Kings by six wickets in an Indian Premier League match on Tuesday. Hardik added 31 runs for the fourth wicket with Tiwary before ending the match with a six and then forged an unbroken 45-run partnership for the fifth wicket with Kieron Pollard (15 not out). Man of the match Pollard did wonders with the ball as well. He took the crucial wickets of Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle by spending eight runs in an over.
- Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to bowl first. Batting first, Punjab scored 135 for six in 20 overs.
- Mumbai won the match by scoring 137 for four in 19 overs with Hardik Pandya’s unbeaten 40 off 30 balls with the help of four fours and two sixes.
Mumbai has tremendous advantage in the points table
- With this win, Mumbai took 10 points from 11 matches and the team moved from seventh to fifth place and their chances of reaching the playoffs also increased.
- On the other hand, this is the seventh loss in the 11th match for the KL Rahul-led Punjab Kings and the team has slipped from sixth to seventh position in the table.
Thrill of Mumbai innings
Chasing the target, Mumbai did not have a good start and captain Rohit returned to the pavilion after scoring eight runs off 10 balls with the help of a four. On its second ball, Bishnoi gave a second blow to Mumbai by bowling Suryakumar Yadav (0). After this, Quinton de Kock along with Saurabh Tiwary took the innings forward and shared a 45-run partnership for the third wicket. But Shami ended this partnership by bowling de Kock. De Kock scored 27 runs off 29 balls with the help of two fours.
Saurabh continued to hold the innings from the other end and slowly started moving towards the half-century. But Ellis gave him the fourth blow to Mumbai by dismissing him. Saurabh scored 45 runs in 37 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. After this, Hardik and Kieron Pollard batted vigorously and shared a 45-run partnership for the fifth wicket to win the team. Pollard remained unbeaten on 15 runs off seven balls with the help of a four and a six. Hardik hit a winning six off Mohammed Shami.
Earlier, Punjab openers captain Lokesh Rahul and Mandeep Singh made a slow start and both shared a 36-run partnership for the first wicket. This growing partnership was broken by Krunal Pandya by dismissing Mandeep. Mandeep scored 15 runs in 14 balls with the help of two fours.
Soon after, Chris Gayle, who came to play at number three, was dismissed after scoring just one run. Gayle was dismissed by his compatriot Pollard and sent to the pavilion. Captain Rahul looked in good form, but he too could not last long and was dismissed for 21 runs in 22 balls with the help of two fours. Pollard also took Rahul’s wicket. It was also the 300th wicket of Pollard’s T20 career.
After this, Aidan Markram took over the innings but wickets were falling continuously from the other end. Jasprit Bumrah, who came to bat after Rahul’s dismissal, was given another blow to Punjab by Jasprit Bumrah, who came to bat. Markram then shared a 61-run partnership with Deepak Hooda for the fifth wicket. This partnership was broken by Rahul Chahar by dismissing Markram.
Markram scored 42 runs in 29 balls with the help of six fours. After this, Hooda also could not last long and was dismissed for 28 runs in 26 balls with the help of a four and a six. In Punjab’s team, Harpreet Brar remained unbeaten on 14 and Ellis remained unbeaten on six. For Mumbai, Pollard and Bumrah took two wickets each while Krunal and Chahar got one wicket each.
MI vs PBKS Highlights: Back in form, Mumbai beat Punjab by 6 wickets, Hardik scored a winning six