Punjab Kings compound Mumbai Indians woes with 12-point win
Mumbai Indians edged closer to elimination after preparing for their maiden win, only to slump to their fifth trotting defeat as the Punjab Kings won an IPL thriller with 12 points here on Wednesday.
A target of 199 looked imminent when teenagers Dewald Brevis (49 from 25 balls) and NT Tilak Varma (36 from 20 balls) were in the crease, but the Punjab bowlers did well enough to limit the MI to 186 for nine at the end of 20 overs.
Odean Smith (4/30 in 4 overs) redeemed himself after the horror of the last two balls against Gujarat Titans as he got two wickets in the final for Punjab.
For Mumbai, eight wins in nine games with this kind of bowling offense seems almost impossible.
However, if there was one bright spot, it was Brevis’ stick. It took eight balls before Brevis could start as he unleashed a cover drive and a direct drive from Arshdeep Singh to start. A six taken out from Smith calmed his nerves before deciding to wreak havoc with the nerves of India international Rahul Chahar.
A boundary was followed by four huge sixes as Chahar first lost length and then his bearings as one long jump after another was dropped into the stands.
Baby AB’s transformation from boy to man happened with this 29 pass that showed MI had made a 10-year investment.
He was finally short of one of his first fifty IPLs, but not before leaving everyone yearning for more.
On the other end, Tilak, who had already made a strong impression, showed great game savvy by letting Brevis do the heavy lifting before hitting some wonderful sixes himself, including an audacious slash on the point. of Smith.
The duo added 84 runs from just 6.5 overs to turn the match’s lead before their back-to-back dismissals brought Punjab back again as fortune swung like a pendulum.
Suryakumar Yadav (43 from 30 balls) was not at the best pace and Kieron Pollard’s season (10, 11 balls) went from bad to worse.
Finally, it was Surya, who took charge with an extra six coverage on Vaibhav Arora, then opened his face to cut it down to the back spot for a six when 33 was needed on the final three overs.
However, it was Kagiso Rabada, who knocked out Surya in the 19th, caught by Smith from deep after which there was not much resistance left from MI.
Earlier, skipper Mayank Agarwal and veteran Shikhar Dhawan scored their first half-centuries of the season as the Punjab Kings got off to a flying start from the opening games to post a challenging 198 in five. The Punjab Kings deployed the ‘attack is the best form of defence’ philosophy in this edition of the league and there was no change in policy as they added 97 in under 10 overs to provide a perfect launching pad, but Jasprit Bumrah (1/28 in 4 overs) brilliance kept the score below 200.
Bumrah’s toe grinder who yorked the dangerous Liam Livingstone helped MI keep things under control with 99 points to come from the last 10 overs. Agarwal, who was not having a good run heading into this game, pulled out his usual square of wicket shots on offside and right spinner lofts to score 52 from 32. Dhawan took his time playing from second fiddle but still kept the beat going by letting Agarwal fetch all the hog during their stand. But he accelerated after that before going out for 70 on 50 balls.
It is Mumbai national bowlers like Basil Thampi (2/47 in 4 overs) and Murugan Ashwin (1/34 in 4 overs), who are not up to par game after game but skipper Rohit Sharma is helpless due lack of options.
Despite knowing Agarwal’s propensity for making space and sneaking offside, he was fed length balls outside the stump by Thampi and Tymal Mills. When they played short, the pace was put to good use.
In Ashwin’s case, the PBKS skipper would run down the runway to throw him straight, but he got his man when Agarwal tried one shot too many.
Dhawan went on his 45th half-ton IPL, but the shot that showed his authority was a dismissive sweep of a 137-click delivery from Thampi.
Thampi got revenge by getting Dhawan holed up in the deep before rookie Jitesh Sharma (30 on 15 balls) smashed 23 on Jaydev Unadkat (1/44 on 4 overs) in the 18th to regain the momentum that had slipped after a few layoffs.
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