Hardik Pandya, who brought the Mumbai Indians to the playoffs after defeating defending champions Punjab Kings by six wickets in an IPL encounter on Tuesday, finally saw his devastating nature. Hardik Pandya, who brought the Mumbai Indians into the play-offs after defeating defending champions Punjab Kings by six wickets in an IPL encounter on Tuesday, finally showed his devastating nature.
Hardik was 40 not out off 30 balls with two fours and a six in the last over by Mohammad Shami, who chased down a 136-run target in 19 overs before losing the three-match series. Saurabh Tiwary (45 off 37 balls) and Kieron Pollard (15 not out) also played their part as MI emerged from some anxious moments before the win note ended.
Pollard, who took two wickets in the Punjab innings, scored 13 in the 18th over before young left-arm Arshadeep Singh went on to juggle against Harmik Shami for 13. Deepak Hooda’s regulation catch on the fence was only helped by his last shot which ended in a maximum.
Following this victory, MI moved up to a fifth-place with 10 points from 11 matches, while Punjab dropped to sixth place. Defending the total, leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi dropped Rohit Sharma (8) and Suryakumar Yadav (0) in straight balls. Tiwary and Quinton de Kock (27) added 30 for 2 in the powerplay.
Before picking four more in Nathan Ellis, Tiwary eased the pressure with a boundary in the cover-point area. In the 8th over, Aiden fell to Markram at the boundary line, Tiwary danced down the wicket, and deposited Harpreet on midwicket for a maximum of 50 runs. De Cock, who looked handsome, lost the bearing when he pulled one of his stumps in the 10th over, and the MI fell to 62 for 3 as soon as Mohammed Shamini was pulled for four.
Tiwary and Hardik Pandya kept MI on the hunt, but the runs dried up as Arshdeep Singh picked up speed, but Harpreet dropped the Indian all-rounder to heighten his frustration. 52 off 36 balls, Tiwary bowled Bishnoi at mid-wicket but was immediately dismissed by Nathan Ellis. Hardick then released a four and a six off two balls by Shami.
With 29 needed in the last three overs, Pollard blasted one at the extra cover and then deposited the next in the long-off. Hardick exploded in the 19th over off Shami, who sent a wide delivery across the boundary and ended the match by pulling one over the midwicket. However, after South Africa returned to the hut in the 16th over, Punjab failed to score a single boundary in the last four overs, scoring only 23 runs.
Although Pollard (2/8) and Bumrah (2/24) were selected among the bowlers, they were supported by Krunal Pandya (1/24), Rahul Chahar (1/27), and Nathan Coulter-Nile (0/19). . Earlier, Mandeep Singh (15) went first as Krunal Pandya hit the first blow. Markram and Hooda then ticked off the scoreboard and picked it up. Chahar’s singles and occasional boundaries helped Punjab score 90 for 4 in 14 overs.