None other than Mumbai Indians are supposed to know better their home ground at Wankhede. It is a pitch with advantages for chasers. Mumbai won the toss and righty went to bowl first. But, they did not know, how hard would be to chase a score of 230, posed by Kings XI Punjab. The team known as one of the best chasers in the tournament had to surrender the match by 7 runs. It all went down to the strong bowling attack from Punjab that gave the second defeat in a row to Mumbai, the top team of the season so far. In the final over, the team required 15 runs, which Mohit Sharma denied, saving the day for Kings Punjab.
Sent in to bat first, Punjab batsmen played brisk, so that, the absence of players like Hasim Amla had absolutely no impact. Wriddhiman Saha and Martin Guptill opened the match delivering an intense powerplay. Guptill was down in middle of sixth over, but he hauled the score to 68. This came up as the second fastest powerplay scores after Kolkata this season. On the other side, Saha remained unbeaten throughout the inning to score 93. This was the instrumental stretch that took the score to a challenging figure./br>
Glenn Maxwell’s play in the inning was substantial. It fact, it was the partnership between Maxwell and Saha that provided the maximum impetus into the score. By half the inning, the players bolstered the score to 131, until Maxwell returned to the pavilion. Punjab only lost three wickets in the inning, including Shaun Marsh. This set up, apparently, came up as the most formidable game play for the team.
Mumbai Indians, as usual were aggressive. In the first six overs, Mumbai scored 68 runs, of which, 44 was from Lendl Simmons. The player reached half century off 27 balls after the powerplay. However, with some strong initiative from Guptill and Rahul Tewatia, the chase slogged to 119 for 3 by the 12 over. By the middle overs, Pollard and Hardik Pandya did the job to chase down in the next stretch of 100 runs. While Pollard remained unbeaten, Pandya was removed after the 16th over. The chase was all well, but the runs did not trickle down especially in the last five overs, as it was in earlier stretches. Mumbai chased to 223, losing it to Punjab.
The loss, however, did not have any impact on Mumbai’s stance as the top team. However, the win raised the expectations of Punjab to emerged as one of the top fours. All they need is another victory and a bad day for Sunrisers Hyderabad.
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