Punjab Kings handed Mumbai Indians their 5th loss and somewhat have ended their hopes of making it to the play-offs as MI now has to win 8 matches out of 9 which seems improbable as MI is bound to have an off day.
Captain Mayank Agarwal was pumped up after winning the encounter as now he has broken Mumbai Indian’s fan’s hopes of winning the 6th Title. All in all, MI has a mountain to climb whereas on the other side PBKS has started making some huge strides which can perturb any team as this time there is cut-throat competition; Rohit would be dejected as MI owners had expected to get the team over the line, as of now the road for MI looks more than steep one.
PBKS with the bat in hand
PBKS openers had a dream start as they scored 65 runs in the power-play overs. Shikhar Dhawan made a statement that he may be aging but he still has the passion in him as he scored 70 runs in 50 balls. It would be too early to say but Shikhar has started giving headaches to Selectors as he can make a perfect opening combination with Rohit/Rahul/Virat. He doesn’t have the age on his side as he is 36 and is quite injury-prone.
Captain Mayank made the most of the start as he notched up a cracking half-century as he sed 52 runs in 32 balls. At the back end of the innings Jitesh, Sharma played a dashing cameo of 30 runs in 15 balls and later Shahrukh Khan played a breezy knock of 15 runs in 6 balls.
All of a sudden, the score was 198 runs and the score looked 220 as chasing 200 is indeed 220 as the required run rate keeps on mounting. All in all, the late breeze proved to be quite lethal as the batters targeted Unadkat. All in all, PBKS batters made sure that MI have an uphill task on their hands.
MI with the bat in hand
MI’s openers Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan got them off to a flyer, just when it looked like Rohit is in sublime touch; he was dismissed by Kagiso Rabada. The very next over, Ishan Kishan was undone by the swing of Vaibhav Arora.
All of a sudden, MI’s run chase was in a spot of bother as the required run rate went beyond 10.
South African Dewald Brevis smashed 4 sixes against Rahul Chahar and lived to his tag of Baby AB. He was seen hitting the ball so cleanly, that for a second everyone thought that AB de Villiers was batting. He scored 49 runs in 25 balls and would regret not scoring a half-century.
Tilak Verma was on a roll as he played a cameo of 36 in 20 and is looking dangerous game by game. Suryakumar Yadav ran out Kieron Pollard as both the batters had a miscommunication. All of a sudden MI was seen lagging behind in the run chase as MI required 22 to win in the last over with no proper batter present at the crease.
PBKS won the match by 12 runs and made sure that MI continue their winless streak. All in all, MI would be grumpy as they had the game in control and a couple of run-outs changed the dynamics of the Match; MI is giving reasons from match 1 which is not accepted at this level as they need to change their approach.