Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians probably made a blunder by not getting Mustafizur Rahman in place of Ben Cutting.
But they did just enough to snatch a win. For the hosts, Surya Kumar Yadav once again provided a decent start. Even though he lost his opening partner Evin Lewis pretty cheaply.
Surya hit a couple of sixes and three boundaries on his way to a 15-ball 27. Ishan Kishan couldn’t convert the good start and went back to the pavilion for just 20.
Skipper Rohit once again failed to push for the double digits, but Krunal Pandya made a vital 23-ball 32 while Kieron Pollard finally came good with the bat. Pollard ended his poor patch of form with a blistering 23-ball 50.
Mumbai finishes fine
It helped Mumbai get to 186/8 in their 20 overs. For Punjab, it was Andrew Tye, who once again topped the wicket’s column. The pacer bagged four wickets and just conceded 16 runs from his four overs. The fireworks weren’t done yet, as in-form batsman KL Rahul played a masterful knock.
Chris Gayle got out while trying to hike the scoring. But the task got shifted to Australian veteran Aaron Finch. Keeping a straight face and a powerpack arm, Finch, ran past the forties but missed his fifty by just four runs.
Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, all the bowlers went expensive. But Kings lost the game at the death, as Yuvraj Singh failed to hit few loose ones while Axar Patel was ordinary too.
It was a must-win game for Mumbai, and Rohit Sharma was happy. He said Mumbai played a perfect game and also lauded Pollard’s effort. The bowlers sealed a crucial victory for the skipper and Rohit acknowledged the fact.
“Feel good. Was an important game for us. As simple as that, if we wanted to stay alive. We played a perfect game. Whatever was asked, the boys delivered. It’s never been easy for us – the last few years actually!
We knew it was a good pitch and it was going to be a high-scoring game. But we lost the plot in the middle, could have 15-20 more runs. We always knew it was going to be tough for the bowlers to defend against a solid line-up.” he said.
Rohit said bringing in Pollard was a good call, as JP Duminy wasn’t getting many opportunities down the line-up.
“Hats off to them. Pollard has always been a match winner for us. Leaving him out was always a tough decision. We thought if JP Duminy is not getting opportunities down the order and that’s why we brought him back.
He was very upset when he was left out and I was looking for that one opportunity to bring him back. He always stands up in the pressure situations. I think Bumrah has come a long way in the past two years, worked really hard on his bowling.” he added.