Kings XI opted to chase against visitors after winning the toss as they were expecting some dew effect towards the end of the second innings. The first five overs didn’t go well for Kings XI as they could not grab a wicket, giving away 50 runs. A couple of quick wickets of R Sharma and S Yadav in the 6th and the 7th over reinstated them back in the game. They took some time before grabbing de Kock’s wicket at the end of the 13th over. Mohammad Shami took his crucial wicket, right when MI were looking serious to post 190 plus target. Thereafter the bowlers took wickets at regular intervals. M Ashwin claimed his first wicket in 7th over getting Yadav out with a tricky delivery. He also troubled Yuvaraj Singh a bit with varieties of deliveries, before getting him with a sensational googly.
Kings XI started their chase steadily, with 53 runs of partnership between Rahul and Gayle. Gayle hit his first two sixes in the third over, to reach the unassailable milestone of 300 sixes in the IPL. Kings XI were always at ease while chasing the target, with all three 50 plus runs of partnerships. Mayank Agarwal joined Rahul in the run chase and the duo added 64 runs.
R Ashwin didn’t take a wicket, but he blocked runs from one end, and conceded only 26 runs. M Ashwin took 2 wickets for only 25 runs. M Shami, GC Viljoen each took 2 wickets, but they conceded 40 and 42 runs. While Rahul made 57 balls 71, Agarwal’s 43 at the strike rate of 166.66 and Chris Gayle’s 40 at the strike rate of 204.76 sealed the match.
Mumbai Indians were happy to bat first as Rohit Sharma said it was a good toss to lose. But they didn’t maximize their batting skills. This was the kind of pitch where at least 190 runs were needed, considering the role of the dew later.
Rohit Sharma gave a great start to MI in the mandatory powerplay, before falling to Viljoen. De Kock anchored MI innings with his 60, including 6 boundaries and a couple of sixes. De Kock’s wicket was the turning point. After his wicket, in the 13th over, Yuvaraj, Pollard and Krunal fell cheaply. With wickets falling at regular intervals, MI could reach the total of 176, but it was not challenging enough for the Kings XI on this ground. Hardik Pandya played his usual role towards the end of the innings, but it would have been a slightly different story if he had stayed for last two balls instead of getting out at 19.4 overs.
With the bowl, they were not as daunting as they were in their last match against RCB. They managed only two Kings XI wickets, one in the 8th over and another in the 14th over. After Krunal took Gayle’s wicket, MI failed to capitalize to take more wickets. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah, all the bowlers gave away plenty of runs. The Pandya brothers gave away 82 runs together in 7 overs.
Sharma scored glistening 32 at the strike rate of 177.77, and de Kock was excellent with his 60 runs. Hardik Pandya managed 31 at the strike rate of 163.15. The star bowlers, Bumrah and Malinga failed to grab a wicket. Krunal Pandya took two wickets but at the cost of 43 runs.
Kings XI Punjab will play another home match against Delhi Capitals and with this victory, they will be confident to take on Delhi Capitals. However, they will have to keep Delhi batsmen under check, just how Chennai Super Kings did in their last match against the Capitals to begin a winning streak at the home turf.
Inconsistent Mumbai Indians are to play consistent Chennai Super Kings in their home ground. Mumbai looked good when played against Bangalore, but failed against the Kings XI in this match. While playing against CSK, they always put up great contests. They would look forward to match their home crowd’s expectations and beat CSK.
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