A half-century stand between skipper KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal laid the muse on a challenging Chepauk surface as Punjab Kings defeated Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets to notch up their second victory of the season on Friday.
Rahul and Mayank added 53 for the primary wicket earlier than the latter was dismissed by Rahul Chahar. Chris Gayle, the following man in, teamed up with Rahul as the 2 guided Punjab previous the ending line with 14 deliveries to spare.
Skipper Rahul, who introduced up his third fifty of the season, scored steadily if unspectacularly in an innings devoid of many fireworks. Gayle additionally began in a sluggish approach however caught within the center till the top, ending with 43 from 35 deliveries. Skipper Rahul completed the match with a straight-six and a 4 in direction of the third man in opposition to Trent Boult.
Earlier, Punjab dished out a scientific bowling efficiency to limit Mumbai to 131/6 on a turning wicket. . MI skipper Rohit Sharma, who notched up his fortieth IPL fifty, was the highest performer for the defending champions. Rohit teamed up with Suryakumar Yadav, including a 79-run stand after the early departure of Quinton de Kock (3) and Ishan Kishan (6).
Young Ravi Bishnoi, taking part in his first sport of the season, plucked Ishan’s wicket with a wrong-un whereas de Kock holed out to Moises Henriques off Deepak Hooda’s supply. After being jolted with two main blows at the beginning and including simply 21 within the PowerPlay, the Rohit-Surya duo steadied Mumbai’s ship.
Rohit stored rotating the strike together with taking possibilities. He even smashed a excessive full-toss from Fabian Allen out of the park in direction of cow nook. Suryakumar additionally accompanied Rohit and scored 33 off 27 earlier than perishing within the seventeenth over, leaving MI at 105/3.
It was all downhill from there for the five-time champions. MI first misplaced Rohit (63) within the 18th over after which the Pandya brothers within the subsequent two. Hardik (1) and Krunal (3) failed to supply some fireworks however Kieron Pollard put up a 12-ball 16 cameo, laced with a six, to assist Mumbai go previous the 130-run mark.
For Punjab, veteran pacer Mohammed Shami and 20-year-old Bishnoi plucked two wickets every. Hooda (1/15) and Arshdeep Singh additionally chipped in with a wicket apiece.
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