KL Rahul played a half-century innings (Photo credit: PTI)
IPL 2021 MI vs PBKS Highlights: Punjab Kings registered their second win of the IPL this season and have reached fifth position in the points table
Man of the match Rahul hit three sixes and as many fours in a brilliant 52-ball innings, while Gayle hit five fours and two sixes in a 35-ball innings. Mayank Agarwal also contributed 25 runs for Punjab and shared a 53-run partnership with Rahul for the first wicket.
Earlier, Rohit played five fours and two sixes in his 52-ball innings after playing initially. He shared a 79-run partnership for the third wicket with Suryakumar Yadav. Suryakumar scored 33 runs in 27 balls.
Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi, playing the first match of the season for Punjab Kings, took two wickets for 21 runs in the same four overs. Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep Singh took one wicket each.
Punjab Kings started chasing small targets aggressively. In the second over, Rahul hit two fours against Krunal Pandya while Mayank Agarwal hit a six. The team scored 45 runs without any loss in the power play.
In the seventh over, Mayank completed the half-century of the team by putting a four on the bad ball of Krunal. Rahul Chahar, however, gave Mayank the first success by sending Mayank to the pavilion by Suryakumar Yadav in the next over. Mayank hit four fours and a six in his 20-ball innings.
After this, Rahul Chahar and Jayant Yadav stopped the Punjab Kings batsmen from scoring runs easily. Gayle, however, reduced the pressure by hitting two fours against Rahul Chahar in the 12th over and then two against Jayant in the 13th over. After this, Rahul completed his half-century in 50 balls by taking a run from the ball of Bumrah on the 17th over. Gayle then took a six off the bolt ball and turned the match towards Punjab, and Rahul was able to complete it by hitting a six and then a four in this over.
Earlier, on the difficult pitch for batting, Punjab captain Rahul decided to bowl by winning the toss and his bowlers proved this decision to be true. The Mumbai batsmen struggled to score runs in the early overs.
South African wicket-keeper batsman Quinton Dickock failed once and scored three runs and was caught by Moises Henriques off Deepak Hooda in the second over.
The first four of Mumbai’s innings came on the final ball of the fifth over, when Rohit drove Henriques’ ball across the boundary. It was Mumbai’s only four in the powerplay and the team could only manage 21 runs for one wicket in the first six overs. This is his second lowest score in Powerplay. Mumbai’s lowest score in the powerplay is three wickets for 17 runs against the Punjab team in 2015.
Playing the first match of the season, Ravi Bishnoi got Ishaan Kishan caught by wicketkeeper Rahul on the last ball of the seventh over. He could score only six runs in 17-ball innings.
Suryakumar Yadav then hit his first four in the 11th over against Arshdeep while hitting a six in the 13th over. In the same over, he completed a 50-run partnership for the third wicket with Rohit by taking one run.
Rohit completed his half-century in 40 balls by hitting the second ball of the 14th over. He hit another attractive four in this over of Bishnoi. Bishnoi took the first ball of the 17th over, caught by Chris Gayle, to end Suryakumar’s 33-run innings. After this, Rohit was caught by catching Allen on the boundary in the circle of putting a big shot on the ball of Mohammed Shami.
Kairan Pollard welcomed Arshadip, who came for bowling in the 19th over, with a six, but poor in-form Hardik Pandya failed to read his slow ball and scored a four-ball single and caught the boundary at the boundary.
Shami took the wicket of Krunal Pandya (03) by spending just six runs in the 20th over. Mumbai’s team was able to score just 34 runs after losing four wickets in the last five overs.