Mumbai Indians registered a comprehensive victory over the Kings XI Punjab in Abu Dhabi on Thursday Credit: IPL twitter

Mumbai Indians registered a comprehensive victory over the Kings XI Punjab by a margin of 48 runs, as the defending champions, led by their skipper Rohit Sharma from the front, completely outplayed the Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Thursday.

Put into bat first after losing the toss, Mumbai Indians got off to a decent start, after they lost their opener Quinton de Kock in the very first over. Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav looked good as they added 21 runs for the second wicket before Yadav was runout by a brilliant direct hit from Mohammed Shami, following which Rohit was joined by Ishan Kishan and both steadied the ship for Mumbai taking their score to 62/2 at the halfway mark. Rohit and Ishan added 62 runs for the third wicket. Coming off a brilliant innings of 99 runs in the last game, Ishan seemed completely out of touch, as he struggled with his timing throughout his innings and was finally dismissed by Krishnappa Gowtham in the 14th over, with Mumbai Indians at 83/3.

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It was from this point that the Mumbai Indians went all guns blazing with their innings, as both Rohit Sharma and Kieron Pollard started attacking the KXIP bowling. Rohit and Pollard added 41 runs in just 18 balls, before Rohit was dismissed for 70 by Mohammed Shami.

This brought in Hardik Pandya, and both Pandya and Pollard unleashed absolute carnage, as they took the KXIP bowlers to the cleaners, scoring 67 runs in the last 23 balls, hence taking Mumbai Indians to a big total of 191/4 at the end of their 20 overs. Pollard and Pandya remained unbeaten a 20-ball-47 and a 11-ball-30 respectively.

Pollard(L) and Pandya(R) scored 67 runs in the last 23 balls of the Mumbai innings

Coming out to chase a pretty high total, the Kings XI got off to a flyer with Mayank giving them the jump-start as he attacked the short ball from Trent Boult and James Pattinson and moved to 25 off just 11 deliveries, but Mayank stint was short lived as Jasprit Bumrah got through the defences of Mayank and bowled him in the fifth over. Karun Nair was dismissed for a duck in the very next over off Krunal Pandya. Kings XI skipper Rahul(17 off 19), who struggled big time in yesterday’s game as he could neither found the boundary nor the gaps, was finally dismissed by Rahul Chahar in the ninth over.

Nicholas Pooran looked good for the Kings XI as he scored a brilliant 27-ball-44 under pressure, but got no real support from the other end. Pooran’s bright innings came to a end when Pattinson pushed a full ball away from him and he edged it to the keeper in the 14th over.

Krishnappa Gowtham showed some promise down the order for the Kings with his unbeaten 13-abll-22, but it was a bit too much for him at the end and eventually the Kings XI Punjab could manage only 143/8 at the end of their 20 overs, falling 48 short of the Mumbai total.

Mumbai Indians will be mighty pleased with the all-round effort of the team, especially Rohit Sharma leading from the front and Hardik and Pollard coming off good lower down the order. Mumbai Indians now sit at the top of the points table.

Mumbai Indians now sit at the top of the points table


Mumbai Indians(MI) – 191/4 (20/20 overs)

Rohit Sharma 70(45)
Kieron Pollard* 47(20)

Sheldon Cottrell 1/20(4)
Mohammed Shami 1/36(4)

Kings XI Punjab(KXIP) – 143/8 (20/20 overs)

Nicholas Pooran 44(27)
Mayank Agarwal 25(18)

Jasprit Bumrah 2/18(4)
Rahul Chahar 2/26(4)

MI WON BY 48 runs

Player of the Match – Kieron Pollard
Dream11 Game Changer of the Match – Rohit Sharma
Tata Altroz Super Striker of the Match – Hardik Pandya
Unacademy Let’s crack it Sixes – Kieron Pollard
Cred Power Player – Sheldon Cottrell

TODAY’S MATCH – Chennai Super Kings vs Sunrisers Hyderabad

Venue – Dubai International Cricket Stadium
Toss – 7pm IST
Match Time – 7:30pm IST

Match can be viewed on the Star Sports Network and the Disney + Hotstar VIP subscription

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