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Mumbai stays alive in the playoffs race as it earns it first two points in the second-leg. The MI contingent is elated as they run onto the field in jubilation.
MI 131/4 in 19 overs: Shami continues to dish it short to Hardik and this time he gets off the firing zone with a dazzling stroke behind point. He dances down and move to his right and cuts it with poise to the boundary. Hardik drags one to the on-side and finds another boundary. 5 to win off 7. Hardik slogs and the long-on fielder slips it through his hands for six! Mumbai races home with an over to spare! Anti-climax for Shami after a fine effort to start off. Hardik's final flourish was too good for the fielders in the deep and MI and the Indian managament will heave a sigh of relief tonight.
MI needs 16 in 2 overs. Shami's back on.
MI 120/4 in 18 overs: Arshdeep begins with three wide yorkers to Hardik conceding just a single. Pollard blitz to follow as he cashes in on two loose balls. A wide low full toss and Pollard's astounding reach helps him to cream it through extra cover for four. Arshdeep hits the slot and Pollard smokes it for six over long-off. The equation takes a massive slide in MI's favour.
MI needs 29 in 18 balls
MI 107/4 in 17 overs: Smoked by Hardik! Shami starts with a nagging bouncer that rises to hit Pandya on the chest. He balls short again and Hardik swats it to midwicket for four. Shami strays to the pads next and Pandya absolutely wallops it over midwicket for a splendid maximum. Glimpses of his very best there! Shami does well to keep him in check with a couple of short stuff outside the off-stump.
Shami is back
40 in 24 balls. Pollard and Pandya at the crease. Surely, MI to take this home, isn't it folks?
MI 96/4 in 16 overs: Ellis to Tiwary. OUT! Sheepish dismissal for Tiwary! A slower one well outside his reach on the off-side and Tiwary wafts his blade at it. The ball takes a faint edge and KL Rahul tumbles forward to grab the ball. A fine knock comes to an end. Saurabh Tiwary c †Rahul b Ellis 45 (37b 3x4 2x6)
MI 92/3 in 15 overs: Cracking six from Tiwary! Bishnoi fends into the slot and Tiwary sits on the crease and slogs it handsomely over midwicket for six. Mumbai is picking up the pace and things slip away once again from Punjab's grip.
MI 84/3 in 14 overs: Hardik and Tiwary are DROPPED in the same over! Arshdeep induces the leading-edge as Pandya attempts to slice through point. The ball lobs up and brushes the point fielder's fingers before slipping away. Tiwary gets a reprieve as he pops one straight to Arshdeep off a straight ball. Arshdeep extends his arms but fails to latch onto it.
MI 78/3 in 13 overs: Brilliant use of his variations as Ellis builds the pressure on the batters. Ellis hits the deck hard and Hardik fails to put it past the inner-circle. Ellis follows up with a slower-one and Hardik does well to keep it a bit mellow. MI needs 58 runs in 42 balls.
Ellis is back
MI 75/3 in 12 overs: Arshdeep clogs the over with dot balls and puts Tiwary in further misery. Arshdeep hits the blockhole and Tiwary steps out to tuck it back to him. Arshdeep collects the ball and throws it back straight toTiwary's groin, forcing a break. Tiwary's up and responds in style. He leans into the drive with ease and smashes a fine boundary.
MI needs 68 in 54 balls. Arshdeep returns
MI 68/3 in 11 overs: Nervy start for Hardik as Bishnoi skims past the outside-edge in succession after the first ball gives him a massive scare. The ball clips the inside-edge off the googly and runs past short fine leg for four.
Bishnoi replaces Brar
MI 62/3 in 10 overs: Shami to QDK, OUT! Inside-edge onto the stumps! KL's man delivers right on time. de Kock never got going tonight and not even a freebie hammered to midwicket for four off the previous helps him. Shami draws a similar heave next ball but this time the length was a touch fuller. The ball springs up and clips the inside-edge and jags back to the stumps. Hardik's the new man at 5. Quinton de Kock b Mohammed Shami 27 (29b 2x4)
Shami is back
MI 54/2 in 9 overs: Fifty up for MI with a cracking six from Tiwary! Brar wafts one in from over the wicket and Tiwary dances the wicket to toss it over long-on for a massive six. 94 metres and MI's slowly gaining back steam in the chase here.
Brar into the attack
MI 44/2 in 8 overs: High into the sky and Markram drops it at long off. de Kock attempts for a lofted stroke over the boundary but mistimes it. Markram makes quick ground to his right and dives to grab the ball but misses it as he tumbles to the floor. Talk about the woes, the ball skims to the boundary for four!
Bishnoi is back
MI 35/2 in 7 overs: Rahul continues to operate with Markram who does a fine job. QDK and Tiwary resort to singles. Punjab deftly mounting pressure on the batters.
MI 30/2 in 6 overs: Tiwary's off the blocks as he finds the fine leg boundary with a clip off the pads. Powerplay done and dusted and MI is teetering a bit here. Meanwhile, Bishnoi is off the field after a cut on his finger.
Nathan Ellis into the attack
MI 25/2 in 5 overs: de Kock finds the boundary after an eternity. Markram keeps it tight through the over before tossing one wide of off. de Kock slices it through the off-side and beats the point fielder for four.
MI 18/2 in 4 overs: Bishnoi to Rohit. OUT! Easy for the mid-on fielder as Rohit falls to leg-spin , once again! The leg-break is drifted in and Rohit slams against the spin and perish. SKY, the new man. BOWLED! Bishnoi with a beauty to smash the stumps! A snorter to beat the loose defences of Suryakumar and Bishnoi is on a roll. The odds are tilting once again and Punjab's having a good start here. Rohit Sharma c Mandeep Singh b Ravi Bishnoi 8 (10b 1x4); Suryakumar Yadav b Ravi Bishnoi 0 (1b)
Bishnoi replaces Shami
MI 14/0 in 3 overs: de Kock checks his drive as Arshdeep his the deck and finds two runs. A bit iffy on the drive there as Arshdeep tails the ball in to folllow. de Kock struggles to churn out the runs as he is cramped for room with the ball following his bat swing. Excellent start for Arshdeep, just two runs from it!
Arshdeep into the attack
MI 12/0 in 2 overs: Shami tails one in and it passes close to Rohit's sliding blade. Rahul goes up in a loud shout but the umpire isn't interested. Rohit follows up with a fierce drive through square for a beautiful boundary. Shami continues to attack Rohit down leg as another ball brushes the pads and Rahul's dive prevents four runs.
Mohammed Shami from the opposite end
MI 6/0 in 1 over: Rohit off the mark with a single to midwicket. Markram slides one in to QDK who finds a couple of runs by opening the face of the bat towards point. Decent start with the ball as the MI openers keep their anchors down.
Surprise, surprise. Aiden Markram to begin with the new ball. Rohit on strike.
Back for the chase. Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock walk in for Mumbai. KL Rahul's men are in their positions.
An evening where all of Rohit's plans fell on the spot. Rohit, known for encouraging match-ups began with Krunal in the Powerplay against KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh who have struggled against him. Pollard followed soon after with a lone over where he dismissed Gayle and Rahul and Punjab had already fallen into a point of return. Markram and Hooda stitched a deft fightback with a solid partnership to squeeze Punjab past 100 before it again stooped to 135. Mumbai should be confident of chasing this down and return to winning ways.
PBKS 135/6 in 20 overs: Excellent finish for Mumbai as NCN's accuracy does the job. Four yorkers in the over as the batter resort to singles. He misses the yorker off the final ball and Ellis hits the ball to long-on to finish with two more runs on the board.
PBKS 127/6 in 19 overs: Bumrah to Hooda. OUT! Skier and Pollard holds onto it easily at long-on! Succumbs to the pressure. Brar misses a few deliveries off Bumrah before Hooda retains strike. He flashes hard at a fuller one but the ball takes the toe edge and flies into the sky. Deepak Hooda c Pollard b Bumrah 28 (26b 1x4 1x6)
PBKS 122/5 in 18 overs: Superb from Coulter-Nile! He begins with the sharp one off the deck and rolls in a cutter to Hooda. NCN fires in a swinging yorker and Hooda just about keeps it off the stumps. Brar and Hooda struggle to up the ante.
PBKS 118/5 in 17 overs: Bumrah mixes up the length but fires the ball off the same pace. Brar works a couple to the off-side and sneaks in a couple of runs. Bumrah finishes with a fine bouncer that moves away off the length.
PBKS 112/5 in 16 overs: Chahar to Markram. OUT! Cleaned him up! Too full to play a sweep as Chahar yorks Markram out. A lapse in judgement and Punjab's back on square one. Aiden Markram b Chahar 42 (29b 6x4)
PBKS 105/4 in 15 overs: Beautiful shotmaking from Markram! Boult angles the ball away on the full and Markram slams him to the left of the deep point fielder for four. He reduces the length by a tinge and Markram cuts it to the right of point for another boundary. Hooda joins the act as Boult's shorter ball is flaked over backward point for the third four in the over. Excellent revival this for Punjab.
Boult to resume
PBKS 90/4 in 14 overs: Chahar slides one in full towards the off-stump. Markram steps out to his right and paddles the ball fine for two runs. Chahar lures him into a false drive once again as he floats one in full outside off. The thickish-edge skims the ball towards third man and the batters continue to rotate strike with ease. Timeout to follow.
PBKS 83/4 in 13 overs: Hooda milks a couple of twos off Krunal. Excellent running from the pair. Markram follows up with a couple of singles too as Punjab continues to crawl towards the three-figure mark.
Krunal to bowl out
PBKS 75/4 in 12 0vers: Chahar keeps it tucked in straight. Hooda and Markram tread cautiously and rotate strike through the over with six singles.
PBKS 69/4 in 11 overs: Hooda slams Boult for a biggie! Boult aims for a bumper on length but Hooda sets up well for it. He pulls with disdain and sends the ball way over midwicket for six. Boult follows up with a fiery delivery into the blockhole to finish.
Boult replaces Chahar
PBKS 62/4 in 10 overs: NCN goes full and Markram lashes one through cover and gets a fierce boundary. He hits the deck hard and Hooda fails to get his timing right. Just the five runs and the pressure continues to mount on Punjab.
PBKS 57/4 in 9 overs: Tossed up from Chahar and Markram slams one beside cover for four. A crucial partnership this for Punjab. Not a lot of batting to follow and the batters must also keep the scoreboard ticking. The run-rate's taken a huge crash.
Rahul Chahar into the attack
PBKS 50/4 in 8 overs: Bumrah to Pooran. OUT! Fired into the blockhole and slams the pads. Pooran's a goner as the umpire raises his finger straightaway. Seething pace from Bumrah as Hooda gets a fast bowler's welcome with a fiery bumper. Nicholas Pooran lbw b Bumrah 2 (3b)
Bumrah is back
PBKS 46/3 in 7 overs: Pollard to Gayle. OUT! Straight to long-on! The bowling change works for MI as the Universe Boss falls cheaply. In the slot to be hit but Gayle aims to parry the ball over the longer boundary. He fails to get the desired timing on it and Hardik Pandya takes a comfortable catch on the fence. Rahul on strike. OUT! There's another one! Rahul pulls it straight to short fine leg!
Chris Gayle c HH Pandya b Pollard 1 (4b); KL Rahul c Bumrah b Pollard 21 (22b 2x4)
Rohit rolling in the changes. Kieron Pollard into the attack
PBKS 38/1 in 6 overs: Krunal to Mandeep. OUT! Trapped in front with a straighter one. The ball moves in towards the off-stump and Mandeep takes a huge stride to the off-side, aiming for a paddlesweep. He misses it to Krunal's guile and it hits plumb in front. Gayle, on strike. Krunal drills in the blockhole and Gayle tucks it back straight to KL. The ball hits him and deflects behind Krunal. KL is shook by the ball. Krunal flicks the bails in a flash and goes up in an appeal for a moment. The umpire opts for a replay but Krunal plays it down and asks to play on! He gets Rohit's support and KL sends a thumbs up to the MI skipper. Mandeep Singh lbw b KH Pandya 15 (14b 2x4)
Krunal is back
PBKS 35/0 in 5 overs: Mandeep nearly holes out to midwicket! Probing over from NCN and he induces the false stroke. He hits the deck hard and builds the pressure and slides in a slower-one on length. Mandeep aims to slam it over midwicket for six but mistimes it altogether. Boult steams in from the fence but fails to cover enough ground despite a slide.
Coulter-Nile into the attack
PBKS 28/0 in 4 overs: Overpitched and Rahul crashes the off-side boundary. Bumrah begins with a real freebie outside off and Rahul punishes it through covers for four. Mandeep finds another boundary behind the keeper as Bumrah bowls short. The bouncer from Boom takes the top-edge and races over for four.
Bumrah replaces Boult
PBKS 21/0 in 3 overs: Krunal tightens his length onto the stumps but oversteps. Mandeep fails to make the most of the freehit as the ball hits the deck and holds on. Mandeep slams it straight to the cover fielder. A bit loose from Krunal to finish as he offers a fulltoss to Mandeep who cashes in this time with a drive through covers for four.
PBKS 12/0 in 2 overs: Cracking stroke from Rahul! Boult tails in a couple of deliveries onto the pads and quickly moves one the other way. Rahul flawlessly moves into it and drills it through cover for a gorgeous boundary.
Trent Boult into the attack
PBKS 4/0 in 1 over: Krunal maintains a similar line throughout the over. Angling the ball into the pads of both batters. Rahul and Mandeep work the ball to the on-side and find four singles.
Krunal up with the new ball. Interesting!
Game On! Mandeep Singh and KL Rahul walk out to the middle. Rohit's men take their positions.
7:08PM IST: Massive call from MI to drop Ishan Kishan. We're under a month away from the T20 WC, what does this suggest about the road ahead for India and MI, folks?
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Saurabh Tiwary , Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile , Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Punjab Kings XI: KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh , Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Toss: Mumbai wins the Toss, to bowl first
7:00PM IST: TOSS TIME!
PITCH REPORT: 'This pitch is an absolute belter, it's flat and the batters will enjoy these conditions. Better to be a batter then be a bowler on this surface,' says Nick Knight in his analysis.
6:40PM IST: Looks like we have a change in sight.
5:44PM IST: Numbers Game
5:20PM IST: MI vs PBKS H2H in brief
While responding to a query on Hardik Pandya’s fitness, Mumbai Indians bowling coach Shane Bond had stressed last week the franchise was “balancing the needs of our team with Team India as well” ahead of the T20 World Cup.
Considering the wobbly form of its middle-order - especially that of Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan - the franchise, and possibly national selectors, would be hoping for a quick turnaround of fortunes for the duo to keep its Indian Premier League (IPL) title defence alive.
STARS FROM LAST SEASON (IPL 2020)
The pair’s performance will be under scanner as MI takes on Punjab Kings in a must-win affair for both the teams. Forget about setting the IPL stage alight - as they have consistently done for the last three seasons, Suryakumar and Ishan have continued to misfire on either side of the suspension.
No wonder then that the duo’s lack of runs has been a major factor in MI losing three games in a row since resumption and have slid to the seventh spot. While Suryakumar has tallied 17 runs off 29 balls in three innings in UAE, Ishan has scored 33 off 32.
While MI would be hoping for the T20 World Cup-bound batters to fire along with burly hitters in Pandya brothers and Kieron Pollard, K.L. Rahul’s Kings would be eager to hold on to key moments, as they did against Sunrisers over the weekend and keep themselves in the hunt for a Playoff berth.
If Chris Gayle comes into his element come Tuesday night, it could spell doom for Mumbai Indians, who are yet to win a game in the second leg of IPL 2021.
Team MI squad: Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anmolpreet Singh, Aditya Tare (wk), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar, Jayant Yadav, Anukul Roy, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, Mohsin Khan, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, James Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Marco Jansen, Arjun Tendulkar
Team PBKS Squad: KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh, Moises Henriques, Adil Rashid, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Fabian Allen, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Ishan Porel, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh
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