With a string of losses in UAE in the past and a dreadful start to the second leg of IPL 2021, most IPL 2021 Match Predictions still placed the onus on Mumbai Indians to stay in contention for a playoff berth. But with their star batters underperforming and Punjab Kings XI also eyeing a place in the first four, it wasn’t going to be a cakewalk. As it happened, the match went down to the wire. But, in the 42nd match of IPL 2021, MI defeated PBKS by six wickets at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma won the toss and asked the opposition to have a bat. After a decent start, Krunal Pandya made the first inroad when he dismissed Mandeep Singh in the powerplay’s last over. He also became the 8th Indian premier league player to score 1,000-plus runs and pick 50 wickets. The next act was by Kieron Pollard, who picked up his 300th wicket and pushed PBKS in the corner by picking up the wickets of KL Rahul and Gayle in one over. The continuous disruptions and quality bowling resulted in PBKS finishing with 135/6.
Mumbai’s innings was jolted early in the fourth over when one of the finds of IPL 2021, Ravi Bishnoi dismissed Rohit and Suryakumar Yadav in consecutive deliveries. However, despite De Kock’s resistance and achieving the milestone of 7,000 T20 runs in the process, Saurabh Tiwary played a mature innings. His impactful 45 (37) took MI closer to the target.
Some gritty bowling and slowness on the surface helped PBKS bring the equation to 40 in 4 four overs with Pollard and Hardik Pandya on the crease. This time, the lately misfiring duo came together and bludgeoned the Punjab bowlers all around the ground, finishing the game with one over to spare. Hardik finished with 40 (30), whereas Pollard scored a quick-fire 15 (7).
This match between MI vs. PBKS opens up the table of IPL 2021 and makes things interesting. MI will look to build on the momentum, whereas PBKS would be desperate to get back to winning ways. There are Interesting days ahead for all cricket fans!