After dismissing MI skipper Rohit Sharma on the third ball of his first over, Ravi Bishnoi, on the fourth ball, sent down a vicious wrong’un that pitched outside off. Yadav, who failed to read the googly, was into his drive and was foxed with the sharpness of the turn as the ball went through the big gap between his pad and bat to hit middle-and-leg, cleaning him up for a golden duck.
Ravi Bishnoi, who didn’t start in the UAE leg for Punjab, has now made two impactful performances on his return. In the previous game against SRH, he snapped a three-wicket haul in Punjab’s defence of 125.
Mumbai start loosely in chase of 136
Chasing 136, Mumbai got off to a worse start than Punjab: Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock couldn’t hit more than a solitary boundary in the first three overs; in the fourth over, Sharma (8 off 10) fell to the wizardry of Ravi Bishnoi, so did Suryakumar Yadav for a golden duck. At the time of writing, MI are 30/2 at the end of the powerplay.
Earlier, after being put in to bat first, Punjab Kings were given a composed start by KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh (15 off 14), before the latter was trapped lbw by Krunal Pandya in the 6th over.
Punjab finished the powerplay at 38/1 and began the fall of wickets. Kieron Pollard struck twice in the 7th over with the big wickets of Chris Gayle(1 off 4) and Rahul(21 off 22). Jasprit Bumrah had Nicholas Pooran(2 off 3) lbw with a dipping Yorker in the 8th over as MI took a stronghold over the proceedings.
Aiden Markram and Deepak Hooda then steadied the ship with a brilliant 61-run stand, which was broken when Markram (42 off 29) was castled by Rahul Chahar before Hooda (28 off 26) holed out in the deep.
PBKS batters couldn’t hit a single boundary in the last four overs of their innings as they barely managed to go over 130.