Match : 13
Teams : Mumbai Indians(MI) vs Kings XI Punjab(KXIP)
Venue : Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi
Toss : Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl first
Team Update: From Kings XI they had one change Krishnappa Gowtham came into the playing XI in place of Murugan Ashwin . For Mumbai Indians they played with an unchanged XI from their previous match.
Before starting our Review, we would like to say the result of this match will decide points Table First position. Also both teams came with heartbreaking losses from their previous game . In order to get into the momentum in this tournament , both teams must need a victory from this match .
In the start of First Innings, Sheldon Cottrell started with a maiden over & Salute celebration (wicket of De-kock) in his first over , taking early wicket in the powerplay will always favour to the bowling team since they make use of the wicket to stop the runs from the bat which results in slow down the run rate of Mumbai Indians. After the unfortunate run out of Suryakumar yadav, Ishan Kishan & Captain Rohit Sharma had a decent partnership in the middle but both were not able to accelerate the run rate for the team.
In the middle of 11 overs, Mumbai Indians had 30 dot balls and scored only 74 runs with loss two wickets. After Ishan Kishan’s wicket, Pollard came into the crease ahead of Pandya to increase the run rate for the Team . Though Mumbai Indians’ had slow start ,they were happy to have their skipper on the other end with a half century , once he gets going no one can stop hitman . After the Bishnoi over Mumbai Indians took control of the game from Kings XI Punjab . Rohit dealing the bowlers with boundaries.When everyone expected a century from Hitman after the raining sixes , Mohammad Shami took a dangerous hitman wicket right before the death overs . Then Monsters of Mumbai Indians, Pandya & Pollard partnership of 67 Runs from 23 balls , they completely dominated the two bowlers of Punjab especially Neesham and Gowtham which in turn results to score 104 runs between 14-20 overs(6 overs) for Mumbai Indians put a huge total of 191-4 in 20 overs.Kings XI Punjab were definitely missed the sixth bowling option in this game .Rohit Sharma was the Top scorer 70 (45) for Mumbai Indians.
Rohit Sharma reached 5000 IPL Runs in his IPL career and he was the third Indian batsman achieve this milestone.
In the Second Innings , On chasing the above par score of 190+ against one of the best T20 team like mumbai Indians was a additional pressure for the second batting side , Mayank and Rahul started their innings well, but Bumrah came into the attack then got the important wicket of form batsman Mayank Agarwal.It was clearly a game changing moment for Mumbai Indians since Punjab completely depends on their opening partnership .
After the wicket of Mayank , they lost back to back wickets of Nair & Skipper KL Rahul within 10 overs and Punjab completely lost the rhythm of scoring runs and this was an absolute test for their middle order Strength to test their skills such as Maxwell, Pooran, Sarfraz khan . Pooran played a quick fire innings of 44 from 27 balls then pattison got his wicket . But Mumbai Indians were extraordinary with their bowling by taking the wickets in the middle to stop their scoring rate. Glenn Maxwell’s form was one of the concerns for Kings XI Punjab he lost his wicket without troubling the score card. Since lower middle order failed to show impact in chasing . Mumbai Indians registered a comfortable victory against Kings XI Punjab
From Mumbai Indians bowlers performance was top classwell , especially Bumrah spell was economical and crucial , also the celebration of Mayank Agarwal;s wicket shows the hunger inside him .From Kings XI , except pooran no one showed their fighting spirit in the run -chase.
Mumbai Indians won by 48 Runs and seals the first position in points table
Drawbacks of Kings XI Punjab:
Team Selection was one of the drawbacks, choosing Krishnappa Gowtham over Murugan Ashwin might be one of the drawbacks, since Gowtham is an allrounder he might replace Sarfraz in the squad . If they had enough bowling options like Kolkata knight riders , there may be a chance to stop the runs in between those 14-20 overs from Pandya & Pollard. There are a lot of takeaway from this match for Kings XI Punjab, their middle order strength is tested and we hope they will bounce back strongly in the next match.
Game Changers :
The Partnership between Pollard & Hardik Pandya ( 67 Runs )was the game changing moment for Mumbai Indians.
Man of Match :
Kieron Pollard was awarded man of the match for his sensational performance with the bat 47 Runs from 20 Balls.
Points Table Update:
As we earlier said , the result of todays game will decide the table topper in points table. Mumbai Indians sealed the first place in points table.