PBKS vs MI: Mumbai beat Punjab by 6 wickets.Image Credit source: BCCI
Mohali:Mumbai Indians have registered their fifth win this season by defeating Punjab Kings by 6 wickets. Rohit Sharma’s team achieved the big target of 215 runs in the 19th over itself and avenged the defeat at home from Punjab. Mumbai got success on the basis of excellent innings of Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Tilak Verma.
A few days back, both the teams had clashed. Then the field was of Mumbai. Even in that match played at Wankhede Stadium, Punjab had scored 214 runs while batting first. In that match, Punjab won with the deadly bowling of Arshdeep Singh. This time neither Arshdeep walked, nor anyone else. Mumbai leveled their scores at the PCA Stadium in Mohali.
Although the way Mumbai started, it was not felt that Mumbai would win the match in the first 7 balls. Captain Rohit Sharma became the victim of Rishi Dhawan without opening the account on the third ball of the innings itself. Its effect was visible for a few balls but then Ishan Kishan and Cameron Green started scoring runs fast. Green didn’t last long but it didn’t have any effect as Suryakuma Yadav was at his crease.
The innings of Punjab Kings was mainly named after Liam Livingston, who played an explosive innings. Wicket-keeper batsman Jitesh Sharma also supported him well and took the team to a big score of 214 runs for 3 wickets. Before him, however, captain Shikhar Dhawan also gave a good start to Punjab. Despite Prabhsimran’s wicket falling in the second over itself, Dhawan batted fast and touched a score of 50 in the powerplay.
Piyush Chawla got Dhawan stumped out by trapping him in his googly. After this, there was a 33-run partnership between Matthew Short and Liam Livingston, but in the 12th over, Short also became the victim of Chawla. Punjab had lost 3 wickets till the score of 95. From here the attack of Livingston and Jitesh Sharma started.
Both the batsmen took Punjab to a big score by staying till the last ball from here. During this, Livingston (82 runs, 42 balls) scored his first half-century of this season in just 32 balls. After this, he hit Joffra Archer for 3 consecutive sixes in the 19th over. At the same time, Jitesh Sharma (49 runs, 27 balls) could not complete his half-century but shared a 119-run partnership with Livingston.