Defending champions Mumbai Indians chased down Punjab Kings' 135/6 with an over to spare and revived their IPL 2021 hopes. Catch highlights here.
Mumbai Indians win by 6 wickets
Punjab Kings fought hard in their defence of paltry 135/6, and they were in the game until the penultimate over. With the equation reading 16 off 12, Mohammed Shami faced the brute force of Hardik Pandya (40 off 30), who hit two fours and a six to finish off the chase. Saurabh Tiwary, in for dropped Ishan Kishan, played a gem of an innings for Mumbai, hitting 45 off 37, after Ravi Bishnoi threatened to spoil Mumbai's chase. Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and put Punjab in to bat. None of the Punjab batsmen, except Aiden Markram (42 off 29), looked comfortable against a disciplined attack led by Jasprit Bumrah and Nathan Coulter-Nile. Kieron Pollard took two wickets in one over to reach his 300th T20 wicket.
The result meant that Mumbai are now above Punjab. Check the updated points table HERE.
Mohammed Shami with the penultimate over. Hardik Pandya hits the third and fifth deliveries for fours, then a six over long-on to seal the win, by six wickets. Deepak Hooda the culprit there, palming the ball over the line. Pandya not out on 40 off 30. Kieron Pollard hit 15 off seven.
Kieron Pollard joins Hardik Pandya (12 off 16). Asking rate is now almost 10. Mumbai need 40 off 24. MI - 96/4 (16)
KL Rahul sticks with Nathan Ellis and the Aussie pacer gets the big wicket of Saurabh Tiwary (45 off 37). Caught behind. Tiwary walks, graciously. Mumbai need 44 in 29. MI - 92/4 (15.1)
Three runs from Nathan Ellis' second over. Saurabh Tiwary (35 off 29) and Hardik Pandya (7 off 9) keep scorecard ticking. MI - 78/3 (13).
On the box! In the previous over, Arshdeep Singh floors Saurabh Tiwary.
Mohammed Shami produces a beauty to clean up a clueless Quinton de Kock (27 off 29). With that 45-run stand broken. MI - 61/3 (9.5).
Despite loss of early wickets, Mumbai ride on Quinton de Kock (22 off 26) and Saurabh Tiwary (23 off 17) stand (38 off 32). Tiwary hits Harpreet Brar for a 94m long six. MI - 54/2 (9); PBKS 135/6
Nathan Ellis on with his first over. Saurabh Tiwary hits the fifth ball for a four, to fine leg boundary. Five runs from the over. MI - 30/2 (6)
Two in two for Ravi Bishnoi. Suryakumar Yadav out for a first-ball duck. Bowled by a beauty. MI - 16/2 (3.4).
And the young spinner just misses it as Saurabh Tiwary takes a single off the fifth ball.
Ravi Bishnoi strikes. And it's a big wicket. Rohit Sharma is gone for 8 off 10. Caught by Mandeep Singh. MI - 16/1 (3.3).
Arshdeep Singh with his first over. Three from it. In the previous over, Mohammed Shami was hit for a four by Rohit Sharma. MI - 15/0 (3); PBKS - 135/6
Six runs from the first over. Not bat from part-time spinner Aiden Markram. Rohit Sharma (2 off 3) and Quinton de Kock (3 off 3) are happy taking singles.
Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to open for Mumbai. Aiden Markram with the new ball. Target - 136.
Nathan Coulter-Nile with the final over. Eight from it. His figures - 0/19. 30 runs and a couple of wickets in the last five overs. PBKS - 135/6 (20).
Put in to bat first, Punjab got off to a cautious start. Then Kieron Pollard struck twice in his first over, and Punjab never recovered. Aiden Markram tried his best, with an impressive 42 off 29 but was outfoxed by Rahul Chahar.
Death overs masterclass from Jasprit Bumrah. Harpreet Brar out of his depth -- two dots then one bye. Deepak Hooda (28 off 26), running out of options, goes for the glory and is caught by Kieron Pollard at deep. PBKS - 123/6 (18.4)
Jasprit Bumrah on with his third over. Six from the over. His figures so far - 1/20. Deepak Hooda (26 off 23) is the last hope for Punjab. PBKS - 118/5 (17).
Rahul Chahar breaks 61-run stand. Aiden Markram going for another sweep and is bowled. He made 42 off 29. PBKS - 109/5 (15.2)
Aiden Markram hits Trent Boult for back-to-back fours and a fifty-run stand with Deepak Hooda, in 41 balls. PBKS - 98/4 (14.2).
Aiden Markram (23 off 19) and Deepak Hooda (18 off 17) in a little stand, 35 off 36. 33 runs in the last five overs. A period of rebuilding for sure. PBKS - 83/4 (13)
Rahul Chahar on with his first over. Seven from it. Aiden Markram (12 off 9) hits the second ball for a four, through cover. 25 runs and four wickets in the last five overs. PBKS - 57/4 (9).
Jasprit Bumrah joins the hunt. Traps Nicholas Pooran (2 off 3) in front. Three reds! Deepak Hooda joins Aiden Markram in the centre. Punjab in trouble. PBKS - 48/4 (7.3)
Kieron Pollard strikes! Chris Gayle (1 off 4), caught at long-off by Hardik Pandya off the second ball. Three balls later, the big wicket of KL Rahul (21 off 22), caught by Jasprit Bumrah. And with that 300th T20 wicket for Pollard. Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran are new men for Punjab. PBKS - 46/3 (7)
Krunal Pandya traps Mandeep Singh (15 off 14) in front. Going for the sweep and missing the ball. No review taken. Chris Gayle joins KL Rahul (20 off 20). PBKS - 38/1 (6)
Krunal Pandya on with his second over. Nine from the over. Mandeep Singh (10 off 9) hits the last ball for a four. In the previous over, Trent Boult leaked eight runs. PBKS - 21/0 (3).
Tidy first over from left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya. Four singles.
Krunal Pandya with the new ball. KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh open for Punjab.
Team news. A couple of changes for Mumbai. Ishan Kishan and Adam Milne out, in Saurabh Tiwary and Nathan Coulter-Nile. One change for Punjab. Mandeep Singh is in for unfit Mayank Agarwal.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.
Rohit Sharma wins the toss and Mumbai Indians will bowl first against Punjab Kings in Abu Dhabi.
In Sharjah, KKR are cruising towards a big win.
'It's an absolute belter' at Abu Dhabi, reckons Nick Nnight in his pitch report for the broadcasters. "It's flat and the batters will enjoy these conditions. Better to be a batter then be a bowler on this surface".
In the first leg, Punjab Kings defeated Mumbai Indians nine wickets at Chepauk with skipper KL Rahul anchoring the chase with 60 not out off 52. He and Chris Gayle (43 off 35) added an unbeaten 79-run stand as PBKS reached a target of 132 in just 17.4 overs.
Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings will look to shift gear as both teams need to win their next four games to coast into the safety of the IPL playoff zone. Both MI and PBKS are tied on eight points after 10 games and usually, 16 points are good to take a team into the last-four stage of the tournament. Mumbai Indians have looked out of sorts in UAE. They have lost their last three matches in UAE, and in Abu Dhabi tonight Rohit Sharma will expect his struggling middle-order to come good and score some runs. Punjab Kings seem overdependent on KL Rahul in batting and the Mohammed Shami-Arshdeep Singh combination in bowling. They will be arriving in this match having scored a narrow win against Sunrisers Hyderabad still pondering what is their best combination. Follow live cricket scores and live updates of MI vs PBKS.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult.
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Ravi Bishnoi, Chris Jordan, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammed Shami.
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