The Mumbai Indians are still on their way out to open their victory book in the 15th edition of the Indian Premier League. With their defeat against the Punjab Kings, which came on Wednesday, they lost their 5th consecutive match of the season, and it will indeed be hard for the 5-time IPL champions to strike back.
PBKS batted first and put up a good score of 198 for the loss of 5 wickets in 20 overs. Mumbai Indians were batting well, and it seemed like they will hunt down the target, but they weren’t able to turn the tables completely and were limited to 186 for 9. Here are three facts to consider from the match, which led PBKS to victory.
Impressive opening partnership by PBKS
PBKS were on an attacking mode from the start, as their openers Shikhar Dhawan and skipper Mayank Agarwal started to fire. Both of them played a good knock of 70 of 50 balls and 52 of 32 balls respectively, which paved the path towards PBKS setting a good total against their opposition.
Punjab Kings breaking partnerships
The PBKS bowlers went for runs, but at the same time, they really did bowl well. Mumbai Indians were doing well in chasing the target, but PBKS took wickets in crucial times. Whenever a partnership was building for MI, they dismissed batsmen to break it, and ultimately didn’t allow the MI batsmen to chase down the target successfully.
Getting rid of Baby AB
Dewald Brevis who is known as Baby AB, was furious in his batting, as he scored a speedy knock of 49 of 25 balls with 4 fours and 5 sixes. In a single over of Rahul Chahar, the South-African hard hitter hit four sixes and a four, taking 29 runs in that over. If he was there for MI, they would certainly be victoriously long ago. However, Odean Smith got rid of him soon after that, he got caught in the hands of Arshdeep Singh. Suryakumar Yadav was there and was playing well, but couldn’t get MI past the victory margin, and got out too.