IPL 2021, Match 17, MI vs PBKS highlights: Punjab Kings wins by 9 wickets
KL Rahul's solid half-century and a disciplined bowling effort helped Punjab Kings snap its three-match losing streak in IPL 2021. Check IPL 2021 point table and MI vs PBKS highlights here
Skipper KL Rahul's solid half-century and a disciplined bowling effort helped Punjab Kings tame Mumbai Indians by nine wickets and snap its three-match losing streak in the 14th edition of Indian Premier League at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on Friday.
The bowlers, led by Ravi Bishnoi (2/21 in 4) and Mohammad Shami (2/21 in 4), limited Mumbai Indians to 131 for six despite a fine half-century by Rohit Sharma (63 off 52) on a sticky surface.
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Though Mumbai are known to defend low totals, Punjab were clinical in the run chase and got the job done in 17.4 overs.
Openers Rahul (60 not out off 52) and Mayank Agarwal (25 off 20) shared a 53-run stand before the skipper got support from Chris Gayle (43 not out off 35).
The win was Punjab's second in five games while Mumbai suffered their third loss in five matches.
Mumbai were able to claw their way back into the game after Agarwal's dismissal but a flying start allowed Rahul and Gayle to take their time in the middle overs before romping home. The duo shared an unbeaten 79-run partnership.
Rahul began by hitting Krunal Pandya for a couple of boundaries and played the anchor's role to perfection. Gayle's knock, comprising five fours and two sixes, was equally important in the context of the run chase.
Rahul fittingly finished the game with a straight six and a four towards third man off Trent Boult.
Earlier, Mumbai struggled to 21 for one in the first six overs, the lowest powerplay score this season after being put in to bat.
A 79-run stand between Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav (33 off 27) steadied the ship for the five-time champions but they could not find the final flourish, managing only 34 runs in the last five overs for the loss of four wickets.
As has been the case so far at Chepauk, batsmen found it extremely difficult to get going early in the innings on a slow pitch.Punjab Kings' scorecard
|KL Rahul||not out||60||52||3||3|
|Mayank Agarwal||c Surykumar b Chahar||16||12||2||1|
|Chris Gayle||not out||43||35||5||2|
Total: 132-1 in 17.4 Overs
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|Quinton de Kock||c Henriques b Hooda||3||5||0||0|
|Rohit Sharma||c Allen b Shami||63||52||5||2|
|Ishan Kishan||c Rahul b Bishnoi||6||17||0||0|
|Suryakumar Yadav||c Gayle b Bishnoi||33||27||3||1|
|Kieron Pollard||not out||16||12||0||1|
|Hardik Pandya||c Hooda b Arshdeep||1||4||0||0|
|Krunal Pandya||c Pooran b Shami||3||3||0||0|
|Jayant yadav||not out||0||0||0||0|
|Total: 131-6 in 20 Overs|
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