IPL 2021 News: Mumbai bowlers and Pandya lead Mumbai to a six-wicket victory against Punjab
IPL 2021News desk: Mumbai Indians defeated Punjab Kings by six wickets at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday, thanks to a precise bowling performance and an unbeaten 40 from Hardik Pandya.
This really is Mumbai’s first win in the tournament’s UAE leg, and it keeps the reigning champions in fifth position in the points standings, keeping their playoff chances alive.
Mumbai were chasing 136 when Ravi Bishnoi knocked out Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav on consecutive deliveries in the fourth over.
While Sharma miscued a slog-sweep to mid-on, Yadav was bowled through the gate after failing to read the googly.
Quinton de Kock and Saurabh Tiwary revived the chase with a 45-run third-wicket stand.
In the ninth over, Mohammed Shami broke the partnership when de Kock inside-edged a pull to his stumps.
Tiwary fought alone for Mumbai, breaking barriers and keeping his team in the chase.
However, Tiwary died at the age of 45, chasing a wide yorker from Nathan Ellis and edging behind to KL Rahul, who leapt forward to make a low catch.
Hardik Pandya, who was caught at seven by Harpreet Brar, blasted Mohammed Shami for four and six over midwicket in the 17th over.
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In the 18th over, Kieron Pollard struck Arshdeep Singh for back-to-back boundaries.
Pollard crushed Singh through extra cover for a four, followed by a huge six over long-off.
In the 19th over, Pandya cut Shami over third man, followed by a slap past a diving long-on defender.
Pandya completed the chase with a flat-bat drive that sailed over the clutches of long-on, giving Mumbai two important points with an over to go.
Earlier, Mandeep Singh was ruled lbw in the penultimate over of the power-play off Krunal Pandya, and Punjab lost their first wicket at 36.
The 2014 runners-up lost Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in the seventh over to Kieron Pollard, who finished his T20 career with 300 wickets.
Jasprit Bumrah’s low sinking full throw caught Nicholas Pooran.
He accepted the review but failed to modify the outcome, causing his team’s review to be burned in the process, leaving Punjab reeling at 48/4 after 7.3 overs.
Punjab’s fightback was spearheaded by Aiden Markram and Deepak Hooda, who added 61 runs for the fifth wicket.
Markram had the most powerful stroke of the two, smashing beautiful boundaries through off-side.
In the 15th over, he took a fancy to Trent Boult, driving and smashing past cover on successive deliveries before Hooda sliced him over backward point.
Hooda was given a reprieve on 25 when Boult produced a difficult caught and bowled chance on the penultimate delivery of the over. (IPL 2021News)
In the 16th over, Rahul Chahar broke the partnership as Markram attempted to sweep and rattled his off-stump.
Following Markram’s departure, Mumbai kept Punjab on a tight leash with superb death bowling.
Hooda tried to break free and holed out to long-off off Bumrah in the 19th over, and it worked. Bumrah and Nathan Coulter-Nile kept Punjab to a modest total with no boundaries in the final four overs.
Punjab Kings (Aiden Markram 42, Deepak Hooda 28, Kieron Pollard 2/8, Jasprit Bumrah 2/24) were defeated by Mumbai Indians (Saurabh Tiwary 45,
Hardik Pandya 40 not out, Ravi Bishnoi 2/25, Nathan Ellis 1/12) in 19 overs.