Abu Dhabi: Mumbai Indians (MI) returned to winning ways after they beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 48 runs in Match 13 of IPL 2020 at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here yesterday.
After electing to bowl, KXIP struck in the first over as Sheldon Cottrell disturbed the timber to dismiss Quinton de Kock for 0. While MI skipper Rohit Sharma completed 5,000 IPL runs and Suryakumar Yadav hit some delightful drives, KXIP picked up their second wicket, via run-out in 4th over as Mohammed Shami’s direct-hit cut short Yadav’s innings.
MI were 21/2 after 3.5 overs when Yadav and following his wicket Ishan Kishan, who had scored a whirlwind 99 in MI’s last game against RCB, then joined Rohit in the middle.
Rohit pushed MI past 40 at the close of the powerplay, hitting two fours off K. Gowtham’s bowling in the sixth over. Kishan then hit Ravi Bishnoi for a six as he and Rohit completed the fifty-run stand. The left-hander, in 12th over, got a reprieve after Bishnoi could not hold on to a catch in the deep. Kishan got out for 28 in the 14th over.
MI were 87/3 after 14 overs when Kishan got out and were looking to up the ante and they did so in some style, scoring 104 runs in the last six overs.
The 15th over, bowled by Bishnoi, went for 15 runs as Rohit and Kieron Pollard hit a six each, helping MI bring up their hundred. The 16th over went for 22 runs as Rohit targeted Jimmy Neesham, hitting 2 sixes and as many fours, to bring up his second half-century of the season.
Mohammad Shami, bowling the 17th over, conceded just 5 runs and scalped a big wicket of Rohit, scoring 70 off 45 balls.
Hardik Pandya, though, did not take any time whatsoever to launch an attack. The Indian all-rounder hit a six and two fours in the 18th over as MI scored 18 in the over to move closer to 150. Shami bowled the penultimate over and MI scored 19 runs off it, with Pollard hitting three fours and Hardik adding one more to his name.
Gowtham had to bear the brunt of the onslaught as MI hammered 25 in the last over. While it was Hardik, who hit a six on the first ball of final over, Pollard clobbered three sixes on the last three deliveries as MI posted 191/4 on the board.
Needing 192 runs to win, KXIP were off the blocks straightway, with Mayank Agarwal and K.L. Rahul hitting a four each.
While Mayank looked in a fine nick as KXIP moved to 37 after the end of four overs, Jasprit Bumrah, who was introduced into the attack in the 5th over, disturbed the timber to get Mayank out for 25.
Karun Nair was the next man to get out after he chopped a Krunal Pandya delivery back onto the stumps in the final over the powerplay.
While Nicholas Pooran went after Krunal in his next over, hitting a six and a four, MI managed to scalp a big wicket of Rahul after the KXIP skipper perished for 17 in the 9th over.
Pooran and Glenn Maxwell added 41 runs together, with the left-hander doing the majority of the scoring, but the two got out in the successive overs. While Pattinson dismissed Pooran, Chahar got Maxwell out in the 14th over. Neesham was the next man to get out as Bumrah picked his second wicket of the match. While Gowtham played a few shots, MI went on to seal a 48-run win to add two more points to their account.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 191/4 (Rohit Sharma 70, Kieron Pollard 47*; Sheldon Cottrell 1/20) beat Kings XI Punjab 143/8 (Nicholas Pooran 44, Mayank Agarwal 25; 2/18) by 48 runs.
Today’s Match (Oct. 2)
CSK Vs SRH – Dubai Inlt. Cricket Stadium, Dubai, 7.30 pm (IST)
Tomorrow’s Matches (Oct. 3)
RCB Vs RR – Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, 3.30 pm (IST)
DC Vs KKR – Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, 7.30 pm (IST)
MI 191/4 (20 Overs) beat KXIP 143/8 (20 Overs)
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