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Punjab vs Mumbai - 34th Match

Series: Indian T20 League, 2018
Venue: Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore
Date & Time: 04 May 2018

Mumbai 176/4 (19 Ovs) RR: 9.26 | Mumbai won by 6 wkts


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Suryakumar Yadav c Rahul & b Stoinisc Rahul & b Stoinis574263
Evin Lewis c Rahul & b Mujeebc Rahul & b Mujeeb101300
Ishan Kishan bowled Mujeebbowled Mujeeb251903
Hardik Pandya bowled Andrew Tyebowled Andrew Tye231321
Rohit Sharma Not OutNot Out241512
Krunal Pandya Not OutNot Out311242
Jean-Paul Duminy dnbdnb0000
Ben Cutting dnbdnb0000
Mitchell McClenaghan dnbdnb0000
Mayank Markande dnbdnb0000
Jasprit Bumrah dnbdnb0000
Extras 6 (b 0, lb 4, w 2, nb 0)
Total 176 (4 Wkts, 19 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
38-1 (Evin Lewis,5.4), 80-2 (Suryakumar Yadav,11.4), 100-3 (Ishan Kishan,12.6), 120-4 (Hardik Pandya,15.3),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Ravichandran Ashwin4 0 23 0 5.75
Ankit Rajpoot3 0 31 0 10.33
Andrew Tye4 0 35 1 8.75
Mujeeb Ur Rahman4 0 37 2 9.25
Axar Patel1 0 9 0 9.00
Marcus Stoinis3 0 37 1 12.33
Lokesh Rahul0 0 0 0 0
Chris Gayle0 0 0 0 0
Mayank Agarwal0 0 0 0 0
Karun Nair0 0 0 0 0
Yuvraj Singh0 0 0 0 0


That's a wrap to tonight's coverage. Mumbai aren't done yet, folks. This win will give them immense confidence and belief that they can do what they have done a few times before. Won't be easy though. On the other hand, PUN are still sitting pretty and they will want to put this defeat across them quickly. Was a great game tonight, especially the finish. We should have more entertainment as the weekend is here and therefore, the double headers. CHN are hosting BLR tomorrow first up followed by HYD hosting DEL. Do join us for that. Till then, this is Hari Sadanandan signing off on behalf of my mates Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Pratyush Sinha, Varun Dixit, Sriram and our scorer Mukesh. Cheers!

Suryakumar Yadav, Man of the Match: I am enjoying my new role, opening the innings for Mumbai. Pushing it really hard every game, trying to give good starts so that it helps the team to set good totals. Also while chasing, we need to begin well to ease the pressure off the others in the middle order. (On his plans as an opener) I am not thinking too much, trying to keep it simple. Trying to play my natural game opening the innings, not trying too many things. Feeling really good and trying to improve my game as time goes by. Would like to finish games off too. (Whether complacency can creep in) No chance. Keeping it simple and starting from scratch again (every game).

Rohit Sharma: I think we are still alive. Good performance tonight. Much needed for us. We needed everyone to come and put a collective effort. We started well with the ball. To restrict their batting unit on this pitch at this ground was a great effort. And to chase it down the way we did was really nice. Wasn't really easy early on but we knew that we had a lot of depth in our batting. (On him batting lower down the order) The way we went about our chase in the first 10 overs, I felt we needed momentum. So, Hardik, the way he plays, was suited to do that. Hence, I held myself back for the end and having played here before, I know what kind of shots work. Always feels good when you finish off the chase. (On constantly leaking runs in the 20th over) That is something which is a pattern for us. We've been giving too many at the death but that's how the game goes. I had to bring Jasprit in the 19th over with two set batsmen and if he struck, it would have made things easier for Hardik. Plus the longer boundaries would have helped Hardik in the 20th over. That's how it goes sometimes. I have to use Jasprit really well and the others around him are doing the job for us. It's about being really smart with the ball. (On the road ahead) It is important not to look too far ahead, need to focus on one game at a time and to think how we can come out on top in that game. Playoffs are important but we need to win games to reach there. Big challenge for us to continue this momentum from hereon. In the past we have won games and then gone on to lose a few games. Don't want that to happen again. Today was a perfect night for us, we did exactly what we spoke of. Life is easy for the captain when the said plans are executed.

Krunal Pandya: Not at all (when asked about family competitiveness). When he (Hardik) is playing I feel the pressure. When I am playing, he feels pressure outside. That brotherly bond is there. We have been in winning positions before in the last few games and finally, we have won today. Feels good that I contributed with the bat. Last game against BLR, I was feeling upset that I didn't help the team cross the finish line. I was more motivated today. Anything is chaseable here because the ground is small. As a batsman you get that extra confidence because even the mishits go over the ropes. The chat with Rohit was simple, he was also striking the ball well. I was keeping a solid base and it paid off.

Ashwin: I thought the wicket was a bit sticky, said the same during the toss. We played pretty well, but didn't get enough runs in the end. If not for Stoinis, we wouldn't have got 174. We fought well, if a few things had gone our way, we might have ended as winners. We bowled pretty well, but this wasn't our night. Not really (if the week's break cost them the momentum), it's just a perception, the week off didn't hurt us. This tournament isn't all that easy, it's not easy to knock off 16 points, if we play like this for the next 3-4 games, we should be good enough to qualify for the knockouts. Captaincy brings a lot of responsibility, so far so good. 6 games to go, it's not about getting 3 wins, if we play the brand of cricket that we are playing, we should do good.

23:33 Local Time: What a win for the defending champions! It seemed like they had left a little bit too much too late but try telling that to Krunal Pandya. He absolutely went berserk, hammering three fours and two sixes over a space of five balls to virtually settle the deal for Mumbai. Skipper Rohit at the other end also played his part in the partnership to take the visitors home. The chase never seemed to take off initially despite Suryakumar's fifty and it took a promoted Hardik's cameo to up the tempo and his brother finished things. PUN were brilliant for most part of the second half but they had no answer against this Mumbai trio. The surface was a touch sticky which made Punjab's 174 a bit tougher than it seemed but MUM had the answers in the end. A confidence-boosting win.

ROHIT SHARMA has remained unbeaten now in 17 run chases in T20 League - his side went on to went on all 17 instances (four for HYD & 13 for MUM). It is the most by any player without a single loss going past Gautam Gambhir's 16 instances.

ROHIT SHARMA in T20 League 2018:
Wins: 94, 56*, 24*
Losses: 15, 11, 18, 0, 2 & 0 (Avg 7.67)

Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, leg byes, FOUR, Mumbai are alive! They live on to fight another day this season. An anti-climax of a finish, slow yorker and Krunal missed the slog to be hit on the back leg. PUN were busy appealing for LBW and the ball raced away to the fence. They didn't have any review to challenge the call anyway and so it meant that the game was settled
Andrew Tye to Rohit, 1 run, back of a length around off, walks across a bit and nudges it towards mid-wicket. Hands it to Krunal Pandya to finish it off
Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, shorter length this time and no pace on it, muscled away to deep mid-wicket
Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, SIX, he has absolutely blasted this away! Krunal is hitting them with such ferocity and also clearing the fence by some margin as well. Fuller ball on middle and leg, he was backing away and slogs it merrily over the ropes. Such a huge hit and with such power. Wow!
Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, not where he wanted to hit this but who cares? MUM are cantering now. Slower and shortish, foxed Krunal for a moment but the length allowed him to adjust. Lobbed wide of backward point and it races away. Just 11 off 10 needed now!
Andrew Tye to Rohit, 1 run, back of a length and Rohit was on the charge already, adjusts to flat bat it towards long-on

Andrew Tye [3.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack

Just 16 needed off 12 now

Stoinis to Krunal Pandya, SIX, M-A-S-S-I-V-E! What a blow by Krunal! This over has most certainly sealed the game for Mumbai. Excellent hitting under pressure from these two. Stoinis errs on the fuller side once more and feeds it right where Krunal was wanting it. He backed away, cleared his front leg and deposited it over long-on for a mammoth six
Stoinis to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, raining boundaries now! This is the over MUM needed to turn this game around and Stoinis is bearing the brunt of it. Misses the yorker for the second time in as many deliveries and it's a full toss on the pads, easily chipped away aerially but well wide of short fine leg
Stoinis to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, an exact replica from Krunal and the runs are coming now. Full and wide outside off, slower ball but the width allows the southpaw to free his arms. Crashes it through extra cover and the man at sweeper is very wide

30 needed off 15!

Stoinis to Rohit, 1 run, slower and just outside off, soft hands on the dab towards backward point and takes the single
Stoinis to Rohit, FOUR, sublime stroke! Most people would have tried slogging this but not Rohit. Uses his timing and placement to find the fence. Full and wide outside off, unfurls the drive with finesse past a diving extra cover fielder. There wasn't any protection in the deep

Over to Rohit now. This over could possibly decide the game I reckon

Stoinis to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, slower and short around middle, flat-batted over Stoinis' head. Long-on is straight and so, just a single

Marcus Stoinis [2.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack

Most sixes in T20 career:
844 C Gayle
525 K Pollard
445 B McCullum
367 Dwayne Smith
357 S Watson
319 D Warner

Mujeeb to Rohit, SIX, what a gigantic strike! Rohit is in the mood tonight, that's for sure. Shuffles a tad across the stumps and gets a fuller ball closer his arc. Goes through with that classy bat swing of his to send this way into the crowd at deep mid-wicket. 14 off the over! MUM are hanging on here
Mujeeb to Krunal Pandya, 1 run, fired in the blockhole at 106.7kph and Krunal had to get his bat down in time. Does so and squeezes it towards long-on
Mujeeb to Rohit, 1 run, flattish and skids off the deck, Rohit wanted to launch the pull but mistimes it to deep mid-wicket
Mujeeb to Rohit, no run, stifled LBW appeal but probably going down leg. Loopy wrong 'un and Rohit was early into the slog sweep. Misses and gets hit on the knee
Mujeeb to Rohit, no run, run out chance missed! A direct hit at the keeper's end would have got Rohit but Yuvraj misses. Slower and outside off, slightly short and Rohit cut it but cannot beat backward point. Hesitation in the running but eventually, the skipper survives
Mujeeb to Rohit, SIX, this will help MUM! The skipper tees off and clears the fence with ease. Fullish and in the slot, flatter trajectory helped Rohit as he clubbed it dead straight over the bowler's head. Lovely placement too as you cannot have a fielder there. Not that it would have mattered

The asking rate has shot up to 12.5 now. Not intimidating by any means but they need a big over soon

Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, no run, fantastic bowling from Tye, another dot and the pressure is mounting. Back of a length around middle, Krunal can only whip it back towards the bowler
Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, no run, nearly chops it on! Knuckle ball on off and Krunal wanted to dab this towards short third man. Gets a bottom edge and it just goes past the stumps
Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, FOUR, good placement and timing to get Krunal off the mark. Finds the fence. Fuller ball on the pads, he shuffled across and flicked this well wide of the deep mid-wicket fielder who had lot of ground to cover
Andrew Tye to Krunal Pandya, wide, more of the off-pace deliveries from Tye but he slips this down the leg-side. Krunal tries to flick, doesn't connect

Krunal Pandya, left handed bat, comes to the crease

With that wicket, they have taken the time-out! Mumbai are under the pump here big time. 55 needed off 27! Although the likes of Krunal, Cutting and JP can hit it, the one man who holds the key here is undoubtedly Rohit who baffled many by dropping himself further down the order tonight. I actually think he should have come in at 3 like he did against Chennai. Instead, Lewis and Kishan sucked out the momentum from the chase with their slowish knocks and that leaves MUM with a lot to do here. PUN bowlers have used the surface well too. Will that last over with the ball haunt MUM again, like it did last game against BLR?

Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, out Bowled!! The stumps are in a mess! This is excellent stuff from Tye and this is why he is sought after in the T20 format. Loves bowling at the back end of the innings. This is a big strike for PUN as the dangerous Hardik Pandya has to depart. He did get going tonight from the word go but his cameo has been nipped in the bud. The cutter from Tye and he did smartly to attack the stumps, a wild slog attempted and once Hardik missed it, he knew the result. Woodwork destroyed! Hardik Pandya b Andrew Tye 23(13) [4s-2 6s-1]

Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!

Andrew Tye to Rohit, 1 run, just short of long-on! Slower ball on middle and leg, Rohit checks his whip stroke at the last moment. Luckily for him, doesn't carry to the man in the deep
Andrew Tye to Hardik Pandya, 1 run, Hardik was in two minds as he initially wanted to play the paddle scoop by moving across the stumps. Tye shortened the length and took pace off it, eventually dabbed to short third man

57 needed off 30! Nicely set up for a thrilling finish

Mujeeb to Rohit, no run, fuller and just around off, flatter trajectory and Rohit defends well off the front foot. Despite that six, just 8 off the over!
Mujeeb to Rohit, no run, the googly and hurries Rohit who gets stuck on the back foot. Gets bat down in time and dabs it towards cover


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