Mumbai Indians (MI) returned to winning ways after they beat Punjab Kings (PBKS) by six wickets. After limiting PBKS to 135/6, MI chased down the target in 19 overs to pocket two points.
Hardik made Kings pay for giving him an extra life on 7 in the 14th over when Harpreet Brar missed a catch. After the fall of Saurabh Tiwary in the 16th for 45 to left Indians needing 40 off the last four overs. Hardik stole it back by flicking Mohammed Shami for four and six over the leg side in the 17th. Pollard that drove a pair of misfired Yorkers from Arshdeep over the off side for four and six in the 18th.
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First Innings: PBKS vs MI
Kings had a decent start with the bat moving to 36 for 0 in the sixth over. Their innings went haywire in a 15-ball sequence that saw them lose four wickets for 12 runs. Mandeep Singh was the first to go, tied down by Krunal Pandya’s left-arm spin in the powerplay. More achievements were unlocked in the seventh over when Pollard had Chris Gayle. It was Pollard’s only over of the night. It was all he needed to move up to 300 career wickets in T20 cricket.
At 48 for 4, Kings were brought back to respectability thanks to a 61-run stand between Aiden Markram and Hooda. All of their hard work was undone by Mumbai death bowling thanks to a pair of usual suspects.
Second Innings: PBKS vs MI
Punjab did a brilliant start with the ball as well. Ravi Bishnoi sent Rohit Sharma & Suryakumar Yadav back to the pavilion. Still at 16 for 2, Mumbai progressed in first gear for the first half of the chase. Quinton de Kock’s played a brilliant inning which ended in the 10th over for 27 off 29 balls when he dragged Shami onto his stumps.
Needing 74 off the last 10, Kings kept Mumbai under pressure but were let down by their fielding in the end. Hardik was dropped twice on the way to his unbeaten 40 off 30 balls. Shami and Arshdeep could not get their lengths right. Pollard’s brief punishment of Arshdeep in the 18th swung momentum fully to Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians 137/4 (Saurabh Tiwary 45, Hardik Pandya 40; Ravi Bishnoi 2/25) beat Punjab Kings 135/6 (Aiden Markram 42, Deepak Hooda 28; Kieron Pollard 2/8) by 6 wickets.