In a do or die clash, Krunal Pandya along with skipper Rohit Sharma secured Mumbai Indians to a crucial win against Kings XI Punjab and keeps them alive in the tournament.
Mumbai Indians opted to field first in match number 34 of the Indian Premier League. Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle gave Punjab a typical firing start but Rahul couldn’t make his innings longer like the Caribbean.
Though it was not a Gayle-like innings for Gayle, the opener still scored a steady fifty in 40 balls. After the departure of the openers, Punjab kept losing wickets and batsmen were failing to hit big.
But a late flourish by Marcus Stoinis helped Punjab reach 174/6 . Karun Nair hit a quickfire 23 runs while Axar Patel (13) chipped with a few runs. Mumbai skipper Rohit used seven bowlers of which Jasprit Bumrah (1/19) stood out while Mitchell McClenaghan (1/31) also bowled well. A late cameo of 29 runs off 15 balls by Stoinis helped Punjab reach a respectable total.
Chasing 175 runs, Mumbai got off to a cautious start. Both openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis were taking a reserved approach early but as the game progressed they began hitting the boundaries.
Lewis departed for 10 in the 6th over. Suryakumar (57) brought up his brilliant fifty to ensure Mumbai remained in the hunt and he was ably supported by Ishan Kishan (25).
Punjab got back into the game with quick wickets of Suryakumar and Ishan. Hardik Pandya also chipped in with 23 runs before departing in the 16th over.
Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma (24*) and Krunal Pandya (31) ensured Mumbai got over the finishing line and won the match. Punjab skipper R Ashwin was the only economical bowler but he got no wickets. Mujeeb Ur Rahman got two wickets but was expensive.
KXIP 174/6 (20 ov) | Gayle 50 (40), Stoinis 29* (15) | Bumrah 1/19
Watch Chris Gayle’s huge Six-
MI 176/4 (19 ov) | S Yadav 57 (42), K Pandya 31* (12) | Mujeeb 2/37
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 6 wickets