MI vs PBKS Match Highlights, IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians have overhauled the target of 136 in 19 overs thanks to Hardik Pandya’s fireworks who finishes unbeaten on 40 off 30. They have beaten Punjab Kings by six wickets and end their run of three straight defeats in UAE.
Saurabh Tiwary has been dismissed by Nathan Ellis on 45 giving Punjab Kings a much-needed breather as the contest ends into the final five overs.
The partnership between Quinton de Kock and Tiwary was growing and threatening to take the game away from Punjab Kings. However, Mohammed Shami struck to break them apart with the scalp of De Kock on 27. That stand was worth 45 runs for the third wicket.
Ravi Bishnoi has given Punjab Kings two early breakthroughs in his first over with the wickets of Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav.
So Mumbai Indians put up a combined bowling display to limit Punjab Kings to just 135/6 in 20 overs after opting to field first in Abu Dhabi. For PBKS, Aiden Markram top-scored with 42 off 29. Jasprit Bumrah and Rahul Chahar took two wickets each for MI.
Aiden Markram and Deepak Hooda joined forces to rebuild Punjab Kings innings and with their 61-run partnership looked set to push for some late runs. However, Rahul Chahar struck at the right time for Mumbai Indians with the scalp of Markram to dent their hopes.
So at the end of 10 overs, Punjab Kings are in a tricky spot at 62/4 – all their big guns – KL Rahul, Chris Gayle and Nicholas Pooran are back in the dug-out.
Punjab Kings started well but then lost Mandeep Singh in the final over of Powerplay. Kieron Pollard then landed two major blows in his first over of the match, dismissing Chris Gayle and KL Rahul leaving PBKS in trouble.
Mumbai Indians made two changes to their playing XI from the last match and opted to bowl first against Punjab Kings. They dropped struggling Ishan Kishan and Adam Milne and brought in Saurabh Tiwary alongside Nathan Coulter-Nile. PBKS were forced to make one change with opener Mayank Agarwal out with a stiff back and Mandeep Singh taking his place.
MI vs PBKS Preview
On a slippery slope after a hat-trick of losses, defending champions Mumbai Indians will need their famed top-order batting to fire and turn things around when they take on Punjab Kings in the IPL in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday. Time is running out for Mumbai after they lost all the three games post the resumption of the IPL in the UAE, slipping to the seventh spot with 8 points from 10 games.
While the five-time champions faltered in their run-chase against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore, the team couldn’t defend its total against Kolkata Knight Riders. MI’s batting has been a major worry for the franchise as their mainstays with the willow, including Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, have been struggling for runs.
Skipper Rohit Sharma scored 33 and 43 in the last two games but couldn’t capitalise on the starts. After being left out of the first two games due to fitness issues, Hardik Pandya was included in the playing XI against RCB, but his stay was short-lived.
The form of these players, who are also part of the Indian squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup, is a worrying sign not only for the franchise but also for the country’s campaign in the showpiece event, which will be held in the UAE and Oman after the IPL.
In bowling, Jasprit Bumrah has consistently delivered, returning with 8 wickets so far in the last three matches, while fellow pacers Trent Boult and Adam Milne too have contributed with 3 scalps each.
But the spin duo of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya has disappointed and will need to step up their performance if MI are to qualify for the knockout stage.
Punjab, on the other hand, are placed in the fifth spot after returning to winning ways in their last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad following a splendid performance from the bowlers, who made up for the team’s below-par batting display.
With 8 points from 10 games, just like MI, Punjab too can’t afford any slip-up. Punjab boast of some excellent Indian and foreign talent, and yet, they have regularly messed up games, and are one of the most inconsistent teams in the league.
After failing to score 4 runs in the final over against Rajasthan Royals, the Mohali-based team made three changes in their previous game and it will look to continue with the winning combination after making too many changes over the last 14 seasons. Punjab possess a formidable batting line-up with skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal scoring the bulk of the runs at the top of the order.
With the ageless Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran also in the ranks, Punjab do have the firepower in batting to blow away any attack. However, Punjab’s batters couldn’t adjust to the slow conditions at Sharjah in their last game, prompting skipper Rahul to ask them to learn to bat according to the surface.
In the bowling department, Mohammed Shami and young Arshdeep Singh have shone the brightest, while spinner Ravi Bishnoi grabbed the opportunity with both hands as he returned with three wickets after his inclusion in the last game.