MI vs PBKS: Hardik Pandya scored 40 runs and remained not out vs Punjab Kings.© BCCI/IPL
Power batting from Hardik Pandya (40*), and Saurabh Tiwary (45) guided Mumbai Indians (MI) to chase down the target of 136 runs vs Punjab Kings (PBKS) in Match 42 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Quinton de Kock also contributed with his 27 runs and in the end, Kieron Pollard (15) played a brilliant cameo with Hardik in a 45-run stand. For Punjab Kings, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi was the most successful bowler with his two wickets. He gave his team two breakthroughs in an over as he removed Rohit Sharma (8) and Suryakumar Yadav (0) on consecutive deliveries. Earlier, while batting first, Punjab Kings have posted 135 runs on the board. Aiden Markram (42) was the top-scorer for the PBKS and he added 61 runs with Deepak Hooda (28) after the side was reduced to 48/4 in the eighth over of the match. Kieron Pollard, who bowled just one over, got two big wickets of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle and in the process, he also completed his 300 wickets in T20s. With this win, Mumbai have jumped to the fifth spot in the points table with 10 points while Punjab Kings are the sixth position. (SCORECARD)
IPL 2021 Highlights Between Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings, straight from Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Hardik Pandya Proved Himself Yet Again!
What a match it was, Hardik Pandya has proved once again that why he is the best when it comes to finishing. Mumbai Indians needed such kind of victory to get a boost in their campaign this year. This was the first win for the defending champions since the tournament was resumed in the UAE and they are now at the fifth position in the points table with 10 points and are very much in the race to playoffs. Punjab Kings have lost yet another close game and they went down to the sixth spot in the points tally with still 8 points in their hand.
That’s all from MI vs PBKS blog. Do join us tomorrow, where Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore will spearhead against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals to make their chances better for playoff qualifications.
Boundary to mid wicket and MI need just 5 runs now.
Shami to Pandya. FOUR, to third man. Poor length from Shami and Hardik played nicely.
MI 125/4, need 11 off 9
MI Need 16 Off 12!
Mumbai Indians need 16 runs from 12 balls as they scored 24 runs in the last two overs with power batting from Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard.
Arshdeep to Pollard, SIX. Another big over for Mumbai Indians. 12 runs already from this over.
Big Over For Mumbai!
11 runs from 17th over. Hardik Pandya has got the momentum with two big shots.
MI 107/4, need 29 runs off 18 balls
Shami to Pandya, SIX this time!! Amazing timing from Pandya. He has done it in the past, can he do the magic for MI today yet again?
Shami to Pandya, FOUR, to deep square leg. Much needed boundary for Mumbai.
Nathan Ellis to Saurabh Tiwary, OUT, caught behind. Ellis has broken the partnership. Difficult but a good catch by KL Rahul.
Saurabh Tiwary has to depart after playing a good knock of 45 runs.
Saurabh Tiwary c Rahul b Nathan Ellis 45(37) (4s-3 6s-2)
MI 92/4, need 44 runs from 29 balls to win
Bishnoi to Tiwary, SIX over long on. Tiwary making the most of the opportunity he got today.
MI 91/3, need 45 in 32 balls
Eyes On Hardik Pandya!
Hardik Pandya has been promoted up the order today at Number 5 ahead of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya. Mumbai Indians need him to score runs to get their further campaign strong. Hardik has been a prominent part of the Mumbai set up over the years and his form is not only important for Mumbai Indians but also for the Indian team for next month’s T20 World Cup. The all-rounder is not bowling already so, MI would want him to fire with the bat and get back in form.
MI 78/3, need 58 run off 42 balls to win.
Arshdeep Singh to Saurabh Tiwary, full toss and FOUR, to extra cover. Tiwary found the gap and got to another boundary.
How India’s T20 World Cup Picks Have Fared In The IPL 2021 So Far
Ishan Kishan was dropped from the Mumbai Indians lineup for their match against Punjab Kings after failing with the bat. Suryakumar Yadav too was short of runs and he got a golden duck against PBKS after failing to read a googly from Ravi Bishnoi. Rahul Chahar got just two wickets in the last four games at an economy rate of more than eight runs per over. Hardik Pandya is not bowling and all these players are also in India’s squad for the next month’s T20 World Cup that will be played in the UAE. On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer, who has been kept as a reserve in the team is in terrific form since IPL 2021 was resumed. Yuzvendra Chahal, who is India’s leading wicket-taker in T20I, was also dropped from the T20 World Cup squad. The leg spinner has been in terrific form with the ball in the UAE. According to rules, all the teams can make changes in their final 15 for next month’s marquee tournament till October 10. Virat Kohli and team management would be tempting to tweak their provisional 15-man squad for the T20 World Cup.
Ravi Bishnoi to Hardik Pandya, FOUR, to fine leg. Lucky boundary for Hardik. Mumbai need Hardik to fire today.
de Kock OUT!
Shami to de Kock, OUT BOWLED!! Mohammed Shami has broken a partnership yet again. Punjab Kings back in the game.de Kock b Shami 27(29) (4s-2)
MI 61/3, need 75 off 61 to win.
Bishnoi to Tiwary, stepped out and SIX. He is the man for Mumbai who can deliver. MI need a partnership.
PBKS In Command!
Nathan Ellis to Saurabh Tiwary, FOUR. Good timing and Tiwary got the result.
MI 30/2 in 6 overs, need 106 runs to win.
Markram to Saurabh Tiwary, FOUR. Much needed boundary for MI.
Two Wickets In Two Balls!
Two wickets in two balls for Ravi Bishnoi. Suryakumar Yadav has to depart on a duck. Bishnoi on a hat-trick.
Suryakumar Yadav b Ravi Bishnoi 0(1)
MI 16/2, need 120 runs
Ravi Bishnoi to Rohit Sharma, OUT, caught by Mandeep Singh. First wicket falls for Mumbai Indians
Rohit c Mandeep b Ravi Bishnoi 8(10) (4s-1)
MI 16/1, need 120 runs
Decent start from Mumbai Indians as after 2 overs, they have 12 runs on the board.
MI need 124 runs from 18 overs to win.
MI Need 136 Runs To Win!
Just 8 runs from the final over and Punjab Kings have posted 135 runs for the loss of six wickets in 20 overs. Aiden Markram was the top scorer from PBKS with his 42 runs. Mumbai Indians need 136 runs to win their fifth match of the season.
PBKS 135/6 in 20 overs
PBKS have posted a total of 135/6 in 20 overs.
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) September 28, 2021
Bumrah to Hooda, OUT, caught by Kieron Pollard. Hooda has to go this time.
Hooda c Pollard b Bumrah 28(26) (4s-1 6s-1)
PBKS 123/6 in 18.4 overs
Rahul Chahar Provides Breakthrough!
Chahar to Markram, OUT Bowled. A wicket finally for Mumbai Indians. PBKS scored 4 boundaries in last eight balls and they were going strong for a good finish.
Markram b Rahul Chahar 42(29) (4s-6)
Boult to Markram, FOUR, deep point. Back to back boundaries for Markram. 50 partnership also comes up between Markram and Hooda.
Markram, Hooda Eye For Good Finish!
After 14 overs, Punjab Kings are at 90/4 with Aiden MArkram and Deepak Hooda are eyeing for a good finish.
PBKS 90/4 in 14 overs
Trent Boult to Deepak Hooda, SIX, brilliant pickup and timing. PBKS need him to fire today.
Coulter-Nile to Markram, cover drive and FOUR, to deep extra cover. Poor length from Coulter-Nile.
Rahul Chahar to Aiden Markram, FOUR to deep extra cover. Flighted ball and the batsman made no mistake.
Bumrah to Nicholas Pooran, OUT LBW and Pooran has wasted a review as well. Fourth wicket goes down for Punjab and Mumbai Indians are off to an amazing start in this game.
Pooran lbw b Bumrah 2(3)
PBKS 48/4 in 7.3 overs
Pollard to Gayle, OUT, caught by Hardik Pandya. Pollard has delivered as a bowler today. Universe boss has to depart.
Chris Gayle c Hardik Pandya b Kieron Pollard 1(4)
KL Rahul’s Amazing Form vs MI!
KL Rahul’s last six innings vs Mumbai Indians- 94, 71*, 100*, 17, 77, 60*
Krunal Pandya to Mandeep Singh, appeal for lbw and yes the umpire has given him OUT. First wicket falls for Punjab.Mandeep lbw b Krunal Pandya 15(14) (4s-2)
PBKS Off To Good Start!
Bumrah to Mandeep Singh, bouncer and FOUR, to fine leg. Another big over for PBKS, 11 runs from it.
PBKS 32/0 in 4 overs
Classic Cover Drive!
Bumrah to Rahul, FOUR, to deep extra cover. Another classic cover drive from KL Rahul.
Krunal Pandya to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, to deep extra cover. Nine runs from the third over.
PBKS 21/0 in 3 overs
Boult to Rahul, FOUR to the off side. Class!!
Good 1st Over From Krunal!
Good over from Krunal Pandya. Captain trusted a spinner instead of pacers like Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult and Krunal bowled well in his first over.
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