Rohit Sharma* 24(15); | Krunal Pandya 31(12);
Marcus Stoinis* 3-0-37-1; | Andrew Tye 4-0-35-1
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 [3.0-0-22-1] is back into the attack
Just 16 needed off 12 now
30 needed off 15!
Over to Rohit now. This over could possibly decide the game I reckon
Marcus Stoinis [2.0-0-17-1] is back into the attack
Most sixes in T20 career:844 C Gayle525 K Pollard445 B McCullum367 Dwayne Smith357 S Watson319 D Warner301 ROHIT SHARMA *
The asking rate has shot up to 12.5 now. Not intimidating by any means but they need a big over soon
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, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
57 needed off 30! Nicely set up for a thrilling finish
Run out appeal sent upstairs but I think Hardik Pandya was in. Let's have a look. Yes, well in
Andrew Tye [1.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Rohit Sharma, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Finally, the skipper comes out. Huge night for him
Mujeeb to Ishan Kishan, THAT'S OUT!! Bowled!!
Something has got to give for Ishan Kishan this over. Has to get going in a big way
Mujeeb Ur Rahman [1.0-0-2-1] is back into the attack
Hardik Pandya, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Hang on, this is a change in the order. Rohit isn't still out there and instead, the all-rounder HP comes out
Stoinis to Suryakumar Yadav, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Marcus Stoinis [1.0-0-6-0] is back into the attack
Brad Hodge - "We started very well in Mohali and now we find ourselves in Indore, so far so good for us. We have gone from a big ground in Mohali to a small ground here in Indore. I think we have the team to adapt. We have a good mixture of young cricketers and some senior players, we have some smart brains to make use of the talent in the team and to get the best out of the players. We want everyone to be in form, Yuvraj has been in good form leading up to the tournament, just that he hasn't made runs in the middle. I think he will score runs for us in future. We have a lot of naughty cricketers in the team but Australians are the hardest to work with but all are well behaved in the team".
Ravichandran Ashwin [3.0-0-14-0] is back into the attack
Skipper is back on
Ankit Rajpoot [2.0-0-19-0] is back into the attack
Time-out: This pitch isn't the Chinnaswamy that disappoints, or the Rajkot that overwhelms. This, right here in Indore, is the median. But ask Mumbai, who're digging a hole for themselves. More on the other side of this mini break.
Long-off comes in
Marcus Stoinis, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Axar Patel, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Ravichandran Ashwin [2.0-0-13-0] is back into the attack
Ishan Kishan, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Mujeeb to Lewis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
A slip for the left-hander too, which is good to see
Mujeeb Ur Rahman, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
Just the 5 runs off this over, and now PUN can say that they're doing fine. Very similar to the start that they themselves got with the bat, and they'll know that they need a wicket in this last over of powerplay. So Ashwin brings in Mujeeb! A slip.
Andrew Tye, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
It's been a safe-yet-adventurous start by MUM here, let's say
Ankit Rajpoot, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
A slip in place
Suryakumar Yadav and Lewis are at the crease. Suryakumar Yadav is on strike. Ashwin will open the attack