Saurabh Tiwary and Hardik Pandya performed gutsy knocks to assist Mumbai Indians seal a six-wicket win over Punjab Kings at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Tuesday. This is Mumbais first win within the UAE leg of the event and locations the defending champions at fifth place within the factors desk, thereby conserving their playoffs hopes alive.
Chasing 136, Mumbai were given a double jolt within the fourth over. Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi had captain Rohit Sharma miscuing a slog-sweep to mid-on. On the following ball, Bishnoi bowled Suryakumar Yadav by means of the gate with a googly.
Quinton de Kock and Saurabh Tiwary resurrected the chase with a stand of 45 runs for the third wicket. But Mohammed Shami broke the partnership within the tenth over as de Kock, dropped on 17 by Aiden Markram, inside-edged a pull onto his stumps.
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Tiwary waged a lone battle for Mumbai, smashing boundaries and conserving his facet within the hunt. But he perished at 45, chasing a large yorker from Nathan Ellis and edging behind to Rahul, who dived ahead to finish a low catch.
Pandya, dropped by Harpreet Brar at seven, smashed Shami for a 4 and six over mid-wicket on consecutive deliveries within the seventeenth over. Kieron Pollard hit Arshdeep Singh for back-to-back boundaries within the 18th over. Pollard crunched Singh for a four-through additional cowl adopted by a giant six over long-off.
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Pandya then reduce Shami over third man within the nineteenth over adopted by a slap previous a diving long-on fielder. Pandya completed off the chase with a flat-bat shot bursting by means of the fingers of long-on, handing Mumbai two essential factors with an over to spare.
Brief scores: Punjab Kings (Aiden Markram 42, Deepak Hooda 28, Kieron Pollard 2/8, Jasprit Bumrah 2/24) misplaced to Mumbai Indians 137/4 in 19 overs (Saurabh Tiwary 45, Hardik Pandya 40 not out, Ravi Bishnoi 2/25, Nathan Ellis 1/12)