KL Rahul led Punjab Kings to a brilliant 9-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League. The side picked up their second win of the season on the back of exceptional batting and bowling performances.
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Quick Stats from the game
- Mumbai Indians: 131-6
- Punjab Kings: 132-1
- Toss Winner: PBKS, elected to field first
- Top Batsman: KL Rahul
- Top Bowler: Ravi Bishnoi
- Man of the Match: KL Rahul
Another Display of Poor Batting by Mumbai
Mumbai Indians entered the game after losing to Delhi Capitals a few days ago in a highly low-scoring game.
Unfortunately for them, the curse continued in this match too as Rohit Sharma-led MI collapsed into yet another batting nightmare.
With the exception of Sharma, Kieron Pollard, and Suryakumar Yadav, all other batsmen scored runs only in single digits.
Sharma’s half-century and a brief cameo by the other two allowed Mumbai to put up 131 runs on the board.
MI Top Batsmen
- Rohit Sharma: 63 off 52; 5 4s, 2 6s
- Suyrakumar Yadav: 33 off 27; 3 4s, 1 6s
PBKS Top Bowlers
- Mohammad Shami: 2-21, 4 overs
- Ravi Bishnoi: 2-21, 4 overs
It is hard to pinpoint whether it was Punjab’s good bowling or Mumbai’s horrible batting that was responsible for this poor innings. In retrospect, Mumbai are yet to have a game this season where they have crossed the 160-run mark.
From Punjab Kings’ side, Shami and Bishnoi were the top performers with Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep Singh picking a wicket each.
Except for Fabian Allen and Singh, all other bowlers went for an economy rate of under 6.00.
Punjab Find their Stride
After three back-to-back losses, it was certainly a delight to see Punjab Kings back to their winning ways again. Chasing a small target of 132 runs was certainly an easy task.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal opened strongly for PBKS, stitching 53 runs together before Agarwal departed back to the dugout.
PBKS Top Batsmen
- KL Rahul: 60 off 52; 3 4s, 3 6s
- Chris Gayle: 43 off 35; 5 4s, 2 6s
MI Top Bowlers
- Rahul Chahar: 1-19; 4 overs
The damage was more or less done by that point as Punjab were marching steadily to the total. Chris Gayle came one down and blasted 43 off 35 deliveries to seal the win.
Mumbai Indians couldn’t do a lot to defend this low total despite the best efforts from Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar.
That win puts Punjab in 5th place in the table – just one below Mumbai Indians.