In the 42nd match of the 14th season of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians faced Punjab Kings at the Zayed International Cricket Stadium in Dubai. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma won the toss against Punjab and elected to bowl first. Mumbai’s team made two changes while Punjab made two changes in their playing XI. Punjab team scored 135 runs for the loss of 6 wickets in stipulated 20 overs. Aiden Markram scored the highest 42 runs. In reply, Mumbai’s team achieved the target of victory by losing 4 wickets in the 19th over thanks to 45 runs from Saurav Tiwary.
Sourav Tiwari and Hardik save Mumbai
Chasing the target, Mumbai did not start well. Captain Rohit Sharma scored 8 runs and was caught by Mandeep Singh off Ravi Bishnoi’s ball. After this Suryakumar Yadav got bowled on Bishnoi’s ball without opening the account. Quinton de Kock, who was batting fiercely at one end, was bowled by Mohammed Shami for 27 runs. Sourav Tiwary was dismissed after scoring 45 runs off 37 balls. Hardik Pandya made 40 not out while Pollard made 15 to take the team to victory.
Punjab’s batting, Markram saved the shame
In Mayank’s absence, Mandeep Singh along with captain KL Rahul opened the innings. He scored 15 runs off 14 balls, he became LBW off Krunal Pandya. Just after this, Kieron Pollard got the experienced Chris Gayle caught by Krunal for 1 run. In the same over, he got captain KL Rahul caught by Jasprit Bumrah on the score of 21 runs and gave great success to the team. Jasprit Bumrah LBW to Nicholas Pooran for 2 runs.
Rahul Chahar made his victim Adam Markram, who was pushing the team’s score by putting good shots at one end. He was bowled after scoring 42 runs off 29 balls with the help of 6 fours. Just after this, Deepak Hooda also lost his wicket after scoring 26 runs off 28 balls. Harpreet Brar returned unbeaten on 14 runs and took the team to the score of 135 runs. For Mumbai, Pollard and Bumrah took 2-2 while Krunal and Chahar dismissed the batsmen 1-1.
Nathan Coulter-Nile and Sourav Tiwary have returned to the playing XI for Mumbai. Ishan Kishan and Adam Milne have been sent out. Punjab opener Mayank Agarwal, who is not playing today’s match due to injury, has been replaced by Mandeep in the playing XI.
Punjab Kings Playing XI
KL Rahul (c, wk), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Allan Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Mumbai Indians Playing XI
Rohit Sharma (capt), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Sourav Tiwary, Krunal Pandaya, Kieron Porald, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Mumbai’s team, which has suffered three consecutive defeats in the second leg of this season, now needs a win. Rohit’s team lost in the last three matches at the hands of Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore. Talking about Punjab, after losing against Delhi Capitals and Rajasthan Royals, the team registered a thrilling win against Sunrisers. At present both Punjab and Mumbai have equal points in the points table.
Mumbai and Punjab have scored 8 points from 4 wins after playing 10 matches. Due to better run rate, Punjab’s team is in fifth place while Mumbai is in seventh place. Now the race for the playoffs has intensified from here. Mumbai, Rajasthan and Punjab all four teams have the same number of points.