Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab locked horns in a bid to return to winning ways following their close defeats. MI leapfrogged KXIP in the points table after a convincing performance that rewarded them with a 48-run victory in Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma named an unchanged eleven that suffered a super-over loss against RCB. KL Rahul, on the other hand, brought back all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham instead of Murugan Ashwin after winning the toss and electing to bowl first.
After conceding 30 runs off his last over against RR, Sheldon Cottrell achieved redemption with a wicket maiden following the wicket of Quinton de Kock in the first over.
Mumbai Indians struggled to get going after a run-out sent back Suryakumar Yadav while Ishan Kishan struggled to get going before perishing for a painful 32 ball 28 run knock.
With the scoreboard 102-3 after 15 overs and a settled Rohit Sharma and newcomer Kieron Pollard on the crease, the team quickly switched gears. The Hitman departed for 70 after a well-coordinated catch in the deep by Glenn Maxwell and James Neesham.
Kieron Pollard’s 47 off 20 deliveries and Hardik Pandya’s 30 off 11 put a dent in Kings XI Punjab’s efforts to restrict the side to a reasonable total. KXIP conceded 89 runs off the final 5 overs to hand themselves a target of 192.
A toothless effort by KXIP hands them their third loss
The in-form opening pair of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal were unable to replicate their efforts from the previous matches. Agarwal, despite looking in touch, was the first wicket to fall for KXIP following a scathing delivery by Bumrah that shattered the stumps.
Karun Nair had a short stay with a duck while skipper KL Rahul followed suit soon after a struggling knock of 17 off 19 deliveries.
Nicholas Pooran stepped in with a glittering innings of 44 of 27 deliveries and in process, top-scored for the team. Meanwhile, the overseas duo of Glenn Maxwell and James Neesham disappointed once again following yet another dismal outing.
Krishnappa Gowtham’s flurry of boundaries, in the end, helped KXIP finish with 143-8 after 20 overs. Jasprit Bumrah returned to form and was the pick of the bowlers with a seething spell of 4-0-18-2.
With this win, MI go atop the points table having played a game more than the other teams. Meanwhile, KXIP slump to the sixth spot in the table.
The two teams have only a single day’s rest ahead of their Super Sunday encounter. MI have a clash against SRH while KXIP faces CSK.
MI 191-4 (20 overs) (R.Sharma 70; S.Cottrell 1-20)
KXIP 143-8 (20 overs) (N.Pooran 44; J.Bumrah 2-18)