The 42nd game between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians was very crucial for both sides because both of them are fighting for a spot in the top 4 of the IPL points table. Mumbai Indians were successful in winning those 2 crucial points from this game as they defeat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets. Let’s get into some details of Are MI Back Into The Playoff Race.
Here are the Playing 11 of Both sides:
Punjab Kings: KL Rahul(w/c), Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Harpreet Brar, Nathan Ellis, Mohammed Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep Singh
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
Mumbai Indians have won the toss and have opted to field Against Punjab Kings
Mumbai Indians have made the right move by choosing to field first at Abu Dhabi and technically at this venue teams who have chased have won more games. Punjab Kings openers Gayle and Rahul had a tough time in giving a good start for their side, but in that attempt, they have consumed a lot of deliveries and at last, they could give the ideal start for their side. Apart from Makram 42, none of the Kings batsmen have made a good knock. Their batting unit has failed and after a struggle, they have posted 135-6 in 20 overs.
MI bowling unit has performed really well and picked those crucial wickets at the right time. Bumrah and Pollard have picked 2 wickets each – Even Krunal Pandya and Rahul Chahar have picked a wicket each.
Now it was all down their batting unit and considering the depth in MI’s line-up it was a simple task for them. Unfortunately, they couldn’t start well – but Hardik Pandya (40*) and Saurabh Tiwary (45) had a match-winning partnership & helped their side to win the match by 6 wickets.
After the game, Mumbai Indians has jumped to the 5th position on the points table with 5 wins out of 11 games and with an NRR of -0.453. On the other hand, Punjab Kings are at the 6th position with 4 wins out of 11 games with an NRR of -0.288.