Indian Premier League, 2021

Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings - Match 42

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 28 September 2021

Mumbai Indians 137/4

RR: 7.21 | Mumbai Indians beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets


Batsman R B 4s 6s
Rohit Sharma c Mandeep Singh & b Ravi Bishnoic Mandeep Singh & b Ravi Bishnoi81010
Quinton de Kock bowled Mohammed Shamibowled Mohammed Shami272920
Suryakumar Yadav bowled Ravi Bishnoibowled Ravi Bishnoi0100
Saurabh Tiwary c KL Rahul (C) (W) & b Nathan Ellisc KL Rahul (C) (W) & b Nathan Ellis453732
Hardik Pandya not out not out 403042
Kieron Pollard not out not out 15711
Krunal Pandya
Nathan Coulter-Nile
Rahul Chahar
Jasprit Bumrah
Trent Boult
Extras 2 (b 0, lb 0, w 2, nb 0)
Total 137 (4 Wkts, 19.0 Ov)
Fall of Wickets
16-1 (Rohit Sharma,3.3), 16-2 (Suryakumar Yadav,3.4), 61-3 (Quinton de Kock,9.5), 92-4 (Saurabh Tiwary,15.1),
BowlingO M R WEcon
Aiden Markram3 0 18 0 6.00
Mohammed Shami4 0 42 1 10.50
Arshdeep Singh4 0 29 0 7.25
Ravi Bishnoi4 0 25 2 6.25
Nathan Ellis3 0 12 1 4.00
Harpreet Brar1 0 11 0 11.00
KL Rahul 0 0 0 0 0
Mandeep Singh0 0 0 0 0
Chris Gayle0 0 0 0 0
Nicholas Pooran0 0 0 0 0
Deepak Hooda0 0 0 0 0

Right then. That is all we have from this game. The action in the Indian T20 League continues as on Wednesday, 29th September 2021, we will have the clash between Bangalore and Rajasthan at 6 pm local (2 pm GMT). Do join us then. Cheers! 

Kieron Pollard is the Man of the Match! He says that his bowling is a bit underrated. Adds that as an individual he tries to do what the team wants and he had his day with the ball. Mentions that he targets certain batters and other specialists are there in the team. He mentions that he doesn't have pace, swing, seam, or spin but uses his brain to get the job done. Mentions that he is getting older but it's nice sometimes to show the young guys how it's done. Ends by saying that they got the two points which is the most important thing.

The Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma says that they didn't play to their potential but they stick to each other during this time. Says that they have been in a similar situation previously and they learn from it. Adds that they have a brilliant squad and they play well when asked to. He praises Pandya on the way he played, he says that he is coming after an injury so he needed some time in the middle. Talking about Kishan, he says that it was a tough call to take but he can be back when needed. Laughs while saying that the track is definitely better than what he played in England. Says that the grass is coming off the pitch and it was a good batting pitch. Adds that Pollard has been a key player for so long and today he delivered.

KL Rahul, the losing skipper of Punjab, says that it was a great fight from them. Says that 135 was not enough and they should have posted 170 but they have done well to show fight and the next two games will be very interesting for them. Adds that they have not been able to handle the pressure in the middle but they will learn over time. Says that they try to stay positive and they take one game at a time. Says they just enjoy playing cricket and do not think much of the result. Says they just tell the boys to enjoy their game. 

Another good bowling display from Punjab but it was not enough for them to bag the two points. They needed a win here but they could not overpower Mumbai. They started well as Ravi Bishnoi struck in consecutive balls to remove 2 Mumbai batters early on. Then, they kept the pressure building by bowling tight lines and lengths and did not allow the batters of Mumbai to score runs freely. Aiden Markram was decent in his spell, whereas, Arshdeep Singh and Nathan Ellis displayed their class once again with an impressive outing. Mohammed Shami was slightly expensive and could not contain the batters towards the end. In the end, Mumbai did enough to scalp the 2 points on offer. 

Usually, the openers of Mumbai have been good in providing a good platform at the start, and they did that well in the last game against Bangalore too, but it did not happen in this game. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav fell in consecutive balls and Mumbai were in some trouble. Quinton de Kock and Saurabh Tiwary steadied things slightly before de Kock departed. Tiwary though continued and played very well for his 45, but lost his wicket at the wrong time. The onus fell on the duo of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard and those two kept their calm, scored a couple of boundaries, ensured the game was within grasp and helped their team cross the line.

Finally. Finally, Mumbai have won a game. It has felt like a lifetime, right? Well, that's because Mumbai are just serial winners, so, every time they get a result that isn't a win, it is a surprise. They will be hoping that this win turns around their fortunes and they can continue with the same momentum. Punjab, on the other hand, will be disheartened that they could not cross the line as they have bowled very well, but it was not meant to be. 

Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, SIX! DROPPED! It's all over now! On a length and Hardik Pandya rocks back to pull it. He flat-bats it towards long on where the fielder, Deepak Hooda spills the catch and the ball goes over the ropes. MUMBAI WIN BY 6 WICKETS!
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Up and over! Length again, on off and Pandya goes on the back foot. He manages to clear Chris Gayle at mid on and splits the gap at long on and deep mid-wicket. Mumbai have the finishing line in sight now as they need just 5 more! 
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, Length ball, slapped down towards wide long off for a couple. Great work from the fielder in the deep to save the boundary.
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! It was always a risky tactic with no third man. Back of a length and around off. This time Pandya waits for it and cuts it over backward point for a boundary.
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, A golden dot ball! Back of a length and well outside off. Pandya looks to cut and misses yet again.
Mohammed Shami to Kieron Pollard, Length ball, around off, swatted down to long on for one.
Arshdeep Singh to Kieron Pollard, Full and straight. Pollard thumps it down to long off, almost taking the umpire out in the process. They get a single and now 16 runs are required off 12 balls.
Arshdeep Singh to Kieron Pollard, SIX! BANG! It was building up to be such a good over for Punjab and then Pollard has ruined it. Arshdeep Singh misses the yorker outside off by a couple of inches and Pollard doesn't let it go unpunished. Pollard just lifts this one over long off for a biggie.
Arshdeep Singh to Kieron Pollard, FOUR! Welcome boundary for Mumbai. Low full toss, wide of off stump. Pollard creams it through covers for a boundary, nobody moved as that raced away to the ropes. 
Arshdeep Singh to Kieron Pollard, WIDE! Full and down the leg side, Pollard leaves it. 
Arshdeep Singh to Hardik Pandya, Full and around off, squeezed to deep point for a single.
Arshdeep Singh to Hardik Pandya, Back-to-back dot balls! Another perfect wide yorker. There's nothing any batter can do about that one. Hardik Pandya tries but fails to make any contact. 
Arshdeep Singh to Hardik Pandya, Excellent bowling. Wide yorker and Pandya can't reach it.

Will Nathan Ellis continue? Or will Arshdeep Singh come back on? It is the latter! Arshdeep Singh (3-0-16-0) to bowl out! 

Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, This time Pandya does cut away the length ball to the fielder at deep point. He retains the strike with the single. 29 needed in 18 balls! 
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, That one had just extra bounce on it. Another good-length ball and outside off. Pandya hops and looks to cut away but is undone by the pace and the bounce.
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, Good-length ball, outside off. Pandya can't get any bat on it.
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, SIX! What a shot from Hardik Pandya! That body blow has fired him up. Length ball, on middle. Pandya stands tall and whips this one over the deep square leg fence for a maximum.
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, FOUR! Well, the previous delivery might have hurt Pandya but he has now hurt Punjab. Marginally short and pulled away with authority into the square leg fence.
Mohammed Shami to Hardik Pandya, Ooooh! That was fiesty from Mohammed Shami. He hits the deck hard on middle and the ball seams in sharply. Pandya can't get out of the way and gets hit on the shoulders. That must have stung.

Ravi Bishnoi is done for the night. Who will replace him? Mohammed Shami (2-0-14-1), it is! 

Nathan Ellis to Hardik Pandya, On a length, angled into the body. Pandya works it to wide long on for a single.
Nathan Ellis to Hardik Pandya, Another dot ball, the pressure starts to build. Back of a length, on off. Hardik Pandya punches it off the back foot but straight to mid off.
Nathan Ellis to Kieron Pollard, Another slower ball, on a length, around off. Pollard taps it onto the off side and scampers through for a run.
Nathan Ellis to Kieron Pollard, Well bowled! Banged into the deck and slower, outside off. Kieron Pollard leaves it alone.
Nathan Ellis to Kieron Pollard, Fullish ball, on the pads and clipped away by Pollard towards deep square leg for a couple.

Strategic Time-Out! The game hangs right in the balance. 44 more needed from 29 balls and we are going all the way down the wire. Punjab have bowled well so far but they know that they need to be sharp in these last 5 overs. Mumbai, meanwhile, will be disappointed that they lost Saurabh Tiwary but they still have enough power in the form of Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya to take them home. Also, Kieron Pollard is the new batter in! 

Is that a clean catch? KL Rahul certainly thinks so. Both umpires converge and take this one upstairs. Replays show that it is indeed, a clean one. Saurabh Tiwary walks back. 

Nathan Ellis to Saurabh Tiwary, OUT! CAUGHT BEHIND! It has carried! Nathan Ellis comes in and provides the big breakthrough. What a bowling change from KL Rahul! The third umpire has a check and is happy with the catch. A slower delivery, well outside off. Saurabh Tiwary goes after it and pays the price. Tiwary looks to cut it away but gets a thick outside edge. KL Rahul springs to his left and takes the catch in front of him. Can this be the turning point?

Nathan Ellis (2-0-8-0) comes back on. 

Ravi Bishnoi to Hardik Pandya, Full and on off, pushed to mid off. 44 needed in 30 balls.
Ravi Bishnoi to Saurabh Tiwary, Again goes for the heave, but this time along the ground towards mid-wicket and collects a single. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Saurabh Tiwary, SIX! This time he connects! A full ball, in the slot, on middle. Saurabh Tiwary gets on his knee and slog-sweeps it over mid-wicket for a biggie. A welcome boundary as well. 
Ravi Bishnoi to Saurabh Tiwary, A full ball, outside off, spinning away as well. Saurabh Tiwary swings across the line and misses.
Ravi Bishnoi to Saurabh Tiwary, A flatter ball, on off. Saurabh Tiwary dabs it straight to short third man.
Ravi Bishnoi to Hardik Pandya, Full and around off. Hardik Pandya turns it to long on for one run.

Here's Ravi Bishnoi again. 3-0-17-2 for him so far! 

Arshdeep Singh to Hardik Pandya, Full ball and on middle. Hardik Pandya nudges it to mid-wicket for a single. 52 needed in 36 balls.
Arshdeep Singh to Saurabh Tiwary, A full toss, on middle. Saurabh Tiwary smashes it back to the bowler who deflects it to long on. The umpire does well to get away from it. A single. Will count as another drop though. 
Arshdeep Singh to Hardik Pandya, Length ball, on off. Hardik Pandya pushes it down to long off for one.
Arshdeep Singh to Saurabh Tiwary, Yorker, on middle. Saurabh Tiwary jams it out to covers for a single.
Arshdeep Singh to Hardik Pandya, DROPPED! Hard chance though! A length ball, outside off. Hardik Pandya looks to go big but gets a thick outside edge to point where Harpreet Brar leaps but just manages finger-tips to it. A single.
Arshdeep Singh to Saurabh Tiwary, Full and angling on the pads, this is flicked to square leg for one.