IPL 2021, PBKS vs MI highlights: Rahul, Gayle guide Punjab Kings to win

IPL 2021, PBKS vs MI highlights: Get the ball by ball commentary updates from the game between Mumbai Indians and Punjab Kings at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium.


Chris Gayle (L) and KL Rahul in action for Punjab Kings against Mumbai Indians in the 2021 IPL on Friday.   -  BCCI/IPL

This is Sportstar's Blog of the IPL 2021 match between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Friday.

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The Punjab Kings, despite struggling in the middle, was pretty comfortable during the chase. Rahul Chahar took the only wicket of the innings -- Mayank Agarwal for 25 runs off 20 balls. However, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle put on a 79-run partnership to guide PBKS home. Both Punjab (5th) and Mumbai Indians (6th) now have four points from five matches in the 2021 Indian Premier League, with two wins and three losses.

PBKS 132-1 in 17.4 Overs: K. L. Rahul (60 runs from 52 balls) and Chris Gayle (43 off 35) smash 17 runs in Trent Boult's third over as Punjab Kings defeat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets with 14 balls remaining.

PBKS 115-1 in 17 Overs: 17 runs to win from 18 balls! It was Bumrah last over off the bowling of Krunal. This time, it's Rahul Chahar off the bowling of Bumrah himself. He just pushes the ball over the boundary line for a four. Gayle gets four more runs. Meanwhile, Rahul reached his half century!

PBKS 108-1 in 16 Overs: 24 runs to win from 24 balls! Just one run came off the first four balls as Krunal Pandya dominated KL Rahul. Once the strike went back to Chris Gayle, Krunal bowled three wides and conceded a boundary, a vicious swing from the Universe Boss towards square leg. Jasprit Bumrah just pushed the ball into the fence with a poor fielding effort. It's time for the final strategic timeout of the match.

PBKS 99-1 in 15 Overs: Just one six and five dot balls from Jayant Yadav's (0/20 in 4) final over on the night. Chris Gayle just smashed a length ball over the long-on boundary with ease.

PBKS 93-1 in 14 Overs: Rahul gets back into the act now. Pollard concedes 11 runs in his first over. He bowled a ball at Rahul's leg and the Punjab skipper uses the short-arm whip to clear the fine leg boundary. Krunal Pandya ran in and completely missed the ball. He could have possibly caught it if he had been at the fence.

PBKS 82-1 in 13 Overs: 12 runs from Jayant Yadav's third over. Chris Gayle scores two boundaries, one past the fine leg boundary and the other one wide of long-on. Punjab Kings needs a few more of these shots from both Gayle and Rahul to ease the pressure.

PBKS 70-1 in 12 Overs: Three singles, two dot balls and a boundary form Rahul Chahar's (1/19 in 4) final over tonight. A loose fourth ball of the over down the leg was diverted towards the fine leg fence by Chris Gayle

PBKS 63-1 in 11 Overs: Both Rahul and Gayle have found life difficult post Mayank's dismissal. Jayant bowls a wonderful over, which costs just one run.

PBKS 62/1 in 10 Overs: 70 runs to win from 60 balls! After the good start, Punjab Kings has struggled in the last few overs. Rahul Chahar with yet another brilliant five-run over tonight.

PBKS 57/1 in 9 Overs: Just one run from Jayant Yadav's first over of the game. And, it is time for the first strategic timeout of the chase. Mumbai has pulled Punjab back here.

PBKS 56/1 in 8 Overs: Rahul Chahar dismisses Mayank Agarwal for 25 (20)! The batter tried to clear long-on but the ball fell straight into the hands of Suryakumar Yadav. Chris Gayle is the new batsman in. Just four singles from the over.

PBKS 52/0 in 7 Overs: Three singles, two dot balls and a four from Krunal Pandya's second over on the night. The 50-run partnership between Rahul and Mayank is up as well.

PBKS 45/0 in 6 Overs: Mayank Agarwal just loves the third man fence. He finds the boundary with a deft late touch. The bowler Bumrah doesn't look so happy. Just one more single from that over.

PBKS 40/0 in 5 Overs: Just three runs from Rahul Chahar's first over tonight. Rahul (23 runs off 19 balls) and Mayank Agarwal (16 from 12) have set a good platform for the Punjab Kings in this chase.

PBKS 37/0 in 4 Overs: 12 off Trent Boult's second over tonight. Mayank Agarwal scored two boundaries, one past the backward point fielder and the next, a no ball, guided past the short third fielder. What a start for the Punjab Kings here!

PBKS 25/0 in 3 Overs: KL Rahul scores a six off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah now. It was a short ball at the batter's hips. Rahul just used the pace to guide the ball past the fine leg boundary. He scored a double and a single in the over as well.

PBKS 16/0 in 2 Overs: Two back-to-back poor short deliveries from Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul scores a couple of boundaries. The first one through a cut on the off side and the next ball pulled towards mid-wicket. And, Mayank smashes a six off the last ball.

PBKS 1/0 in 1 Over: Just one single from Boult's opening over. Rahul is off the mark after facing three balls. Cautious start from the Punjab Kings here.

The Punjab Kings openers K. L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal are out in the middle, while Trent Boult has taken the new ball for the Mumbai Indians.

A brilliant bowling performance helps Punjab Kings restrict Mumbai Indians to just 131/6 in 20 overs. Both Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi ended the innings with figures of 2/21 in their respective four overs. Captain Rohit Sharma top-scored for MI with 63 runs from 52 balls. Mumbai has a bowling lineup capable of defending any total in this Chennai wicket. So PBKS should be extremely cautious during its chase.

MI 131/6 in 20 Overs: Shami (2/21 in 4) will finish his quota here. He gets Krunal for 3 (3)! Just five runs of the first four balls and Krunal Pandya gives Nicholas Pooran catching practice at sweeper cover. Pollard ends the innings with a single as new batter Jayant Yadav runs to the striker's end.

MI 125/5 in 19 Overs: Arshdeep Singh will bowl the penultimate over. WICKET! Hardik Pandya departs!!! Arshdeep conceded a six to Pollard in the first ball. But he has come back stronger. Pollard cleared long-off but Hardik has hit the ball straight into the hands of Deepak Hooda, stationed at the same region. Krunal Pandya comes into the middle.

MI 114/4 in 18 Overs: Mohammed Shami with a wicket in his third over! Rohit Sharma is dismissed for 63 (52)!!! It was a low full toss which Rohit hit straight to Fabian Allen at square leg. Just three singles from the over. Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya are the two new batsmen in the middle.

MI 111/3 in 17 Overs: Ravi Bishnoi gets his second wicket on the night as Suryakumar departs for 33 off 27! Full ball, outside off and the batsman goes for the reverse sweep. He gets a top edge and Chris Gayle completes the catch at short third man. Two singles, two dot balls and a four byes also come off the Ravi Bishnoi (2/21 in 4) over.

MI 105/2 in 16 Overs: Beautiful shot from Suryakumar, a flick to find the wide long-on boundary. Mohammed Shami didn't get the length right. Four more singles come off this over.

MI 97/2 in 15 Overs: Fabian Allen is back into the attack. After conceding four singles, he bowls yet another loose ball. Short one, outside off and Rohit just smashes it wide past the long off fielder. Just 30 balls to go in the innings!

MI 88/2 in 14 Overs: Rohit Sharma scores a well deserved half century and the run rate goes above six! Mumbai Indians is well set for a grand stand finish as the final strategic timeout of this innings is called. Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav have also crossed the 50-run partnership.

MI 76/2 in 13 Overs: Rohit Sharma scored a six over mid-wicket using a pull shot last over. This time, Suryakumar Yadav smashes a maximum over extra cover with an inside-out shot. Arshdeep Singh is missing his lines and lengths here.

MI 66/2 in 12 Overs: Another 10-run over tonight. Deepak Hooda is the bowler now. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav are both getting a move on. This partnership is important for Mumbai to post a competitive total.

MI 56/2 in 11 Overs: Arshdeep Singh has the ball in his hand now. He concedes a boundary at the third man fence to Suryakumar Yadav. A single, a double and three dot balls also come off that over.

MI 49/2 in 10 Overs: Fabian Allen bowls a 10-run over here. He gifts Rohit Sharma a full toss which was deposited over wide long-on for a maximum. There's change in the ball now. Four singles in the over as well.

MI 39/2 in 9 Overs: Another brilliant over from Ravi Bishnoi.  He concedes just two runs this time. It's time for the first strategic timeout of the match.

MI 37/2 in 8 Overs: 11 runs from Fabian Allen's first over on the night. Rohit Sharma (27 runs from 25 balls) smashes two boundaries, both of which went past the backward point fence.

MI 26/2 in 7 Overs: Five runs and a wicket off this over! This is a short ball well outside off. Kishan (6 runs from 17 balls) tries to punch it for a four. But Ravi Bishnoi bowls a brilliant googly to get rid of the Mumbai batsman. Suryakumar Yadav comes into the middle.

MI 21/1 in 6 Overs: Mumbai Indians scores only 21 runs in the powerplay! Brilliant bowling from Punjab Kings. Mohammed Shami gives away four singles in his first over of the game.

MI 17/1 in 5 Overs: Moises Henriques just gave Rohit a gift -- a low full toss on off stump -- during the last ball of the over. Rohit just swept it past fine leg for a boundary. Four dots and a single also came off that over.

MI 12/1 in 4 Overs: Another brilliant over from Deepak Hooda. Just two off it. Mumbai Indians clearly struggling here. Should Suryakumar Yadav have come ahead of Ishan Kishan?

MI 10/1 in 3 Overs: Just three runs from Henriques' second over on the night. Mumbai has a heavyweight batting lineup that can recover from any slump. So Punjab has to keep taking wickets here.

MI 7/1 in 2 Overs: Quinton de Kock departs for 3 off 5! Deepak Hooda is the bowler!!! The South African wicket-keeper batsman gives Moises Henriques a simple catch at mid-on. Ishan Kishan is the new batsman in.

MI 4/0 in 1 Over: Four singles and a successful review to begin the game! The Punjab Kings thought they had Rohit Sharma when KL Rahul collected a ball that looked to have glanced the opener's thigh pad. The on-field umpire initially gave it out, only to be overturned by the third umpire after a referral.


The Mumbai Indians openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock make their way to the middle, while Moises Henriques takes the new ball for the Punjab Kings.

MI XI: Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah.

PBKS XI: K. L. Rahul (C &WK), Mayank Agarwal, Chris Gayle, Deepak Hooda, Nicholas Pooran, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Fabian Allen, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh.

Here are the lineups!

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Defending champion Mumbai Indians will hope to get its IPL-14 campaign back on track against the struggling Punjab Kings at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Friday.

MI’s defeat against Delhi Capitals has raised questions about its middle-order. Against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Capitals, Mumbai’s batting never hit top gear in the middle overs.

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It has been undone by the slowness of the Chepauk surface, with the lack of power-hitting from Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya compounding the woes. Pollard has 49 runs from four matches and Hardik, 35. Suryakumar Yadav’s 56 against Kolkata Knight Riders remains the highest score by a MI batsman this season.

However, with Jasprit Bumrah among wickets and Trent Boult in form, Mumbai's bowling has enough strength. They have generally used two spinners: Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar. But against Delhi, Jayant Yadav got a chance. Mumbai might persist with the same combination against PBKS.

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With three losses on the trot, the Kings are seventh in the table. In Chennai, with the conditions getting tougher for batting, skipper K.L. Rahul and Mayank Agarwal need to start well.

Rahul and Chris Gayle are slow starters, so there could be a case for Nicholas Pooran at No. 3. Their inexperienced middle-order is masked by Deepak Hooda and Shahrukh Khan’s power-hitting.

In the bowling department, there was an expected departure from the pace-heavy attack. Jhye Richardson and Riley Meredith did not play the last match. Leg-spinner M Ashwin got a look in, and Ravi Bishnoi is waiting in the ranks. It's still early days, but PBKS would want to arrest their slide against a settled MI.


When: Friday, April 23, 2021.


The IPL 2021's 17th match between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians begins at 7:30 PM IST at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.


IPL 2021 will be shown Live on Star Sports channels - Star Sports 1, Star Sports 1 HD, Star Sports 3 and Star Sports 3 HD. It will be streamed live on Hotstar.