Seventeenth match of this season will be played between Punjab Kings and Mumbai Indians at Chennai. Mumbai Indians lost their last match against Delhi Capitals.
Recent form :
Mumbai Indians : L W W
Punjab Kings : L L L
“We are going to bowl first. I think we lacked cricket smartness in the last game. When we lost early wickets the middle order should have realized that it wasn’t a 170 wicket. We need to learn from that. The pitch does look sticky and damp and it could get better to bat on later. Just one change: Ravi Bishnoi comes in for Murugan Ashwin for this game.” KL Rahul added after winning the toss.
“We were gonna to bat first anyway. While batting first in our games we have understood how to bat as a group. We have made mistakes but we hope we can put everything to rest tonight. When we came here we saw some clouds so hopefully there shouldn’t be any dew. It was just a small niggle on my calf and it looks fine now. We are unchanged.” Rohit Sharma after loosing the toss.
Mumbai Indians got a very quiet start against Punjab Kings. Quinton de Kock was removed by Deepak Hooda and Mumbai Indians posted Ishan Kishan to no.3. CricActivity thought, it was bad decision by Mumbai Indians.
Ishan Kishan played with very quiet strike Rate, he got out on delivery of Ravi Bishnoi. He scored just 6 runs and taken 17 deliveries. While, Rohit Sharma on other side playing very well, tried to bring back Mumbai Indians after slow start in powerplay.
Mumbai Indians were on 21-1 after 6 overs which is very quiet start on this pitch. Rohit Sharma played an important role to put MI in hunt. He scored 63 runs on very crucial time. He took many singles, double to make big inning including 5 fours and 2 sixes.
Mumbai Indians never crossed 150+ total at Chennai, it’s last match of Mumbai Indians on this venue. MI managed to score 131 runs on this pitch. This is not going to enough for Punjab.
KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal gave the fantastic start to Punjab Kings. Very poor bowling from Mumbai Indians bowlers, as per below expectations. Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul smashed 53 runs opening partnership, which was the turning point of this match.
Mumbai Indians bowlers took only three wickets in five matches during powerplay overs in this so far. This is worrying point for MI for upcoming matches.
Chris Gayle had started very quiet, but accelerated his inning with two consecutive boundaries to Jayant Yadav. Chris Gayle scored a match winning knock of 43 runs including 5 fours and two sixes.
Captain KL Rahul played an magnificent inning of 60 runs against very good bowling attack. He smashed 3 fours including 3 sixes.