PBKS vs MI, IPL 2024: Mumbai Indians Beat Punjab Kings By 9 Runs


Ashutosh Sharma delivered a sensational knock of 61 to Mumbai Indians before the five-time champions registered a nine-run win over Punjab Kings in the IPL in Mullanpur on Thursday. Ashutosh hit a flurry of sixes in his 28-ball innings, which took Punjab from the brink of the match to the finish line, but his dismissal in the 18th over swung the game back in favor of Mumbai Indians. Punjab, which was struggling at 17/4 while chasing the target of 193 runs, made a strong comeback thanks to Ashutosh and Shashank Singh (41 off 25) and were all out for 183 runs in 19.1 overs.

Suryakumar Yadav (78) batted brilliantly and took Mumbai Indians to 192 runs for seven wickets.

This was Mumbai's third win in seven matches while Punjab's decline continued with its fifth defeat in seven matches.

Despite the opening four wickets of fast bowlers Jasprit Bumrah (3/21) and Gerald Coetzee (3/32), MI once again paid a heavy price for being simple with the ball. Akash Madhwal gave 46 runs for one wicket in 3.1 overs.

After the fall of early wickets, Shashank's counter attack brought Punjab back on track, Ashutosh played a breathtaking innings with the help of seven sixes and two fours.

Right-handed Shashank hit all three of his sixes on leg spinner Shreyas Gopal (1/26).

Ashutosh was adept with his strokes especially on the leg side.

Harpreet Brar proved that he is no slouch with the bat either, as the left-handed tailender played an important inning of 21 runs in 20 balls with the help of two fours and a six. At the top of the order, Prabhsimran Singh (0)'s poor run continued as the right-handed batsman edged a diving Ishan Kishan to save himself after a poor start with the ball.

Bumrah completely took over Mumbai Indians by hitting two blows in his opening over.

On his fourth ball, the veteran fast bowler bowled a dangerous in-swinging yorker, which almost fell Riley Rossouw (0) and uprooted his off and middle stump.

Later in the over, a smart review against an on-field call for wide resulted in Bumrah getting his second wicket on an innocuous delivery.

The ball, hit down the leg side, kissed the bat of Sam Curran (6) before finding its way into Ishan Kishan's gloves, a DRS review confirmed.

After this, Coetzee increased the problems of weak Punjab by dismissing Liam Livingstone (1).

Earlier, Suryakumar and Tilak Verma (34 not out off 18 balls) played strong innings on a sluggish wicket to take Mumbai Indians to a competitive score.

Here on a typically low and slow surface, the MI batsmen struggled for timing, yet they posted the highest score ever at the IPL's newest venue.

Rohit (36 runs off 25 balls) and Suryakumar provided the team with a strong 81-run partnership for the second wicket, before Verma and Tim David (14 runs off seven balls) held their own.

Playing his 250th IPL match, Rohit completed his 6,500 runs in the competition.

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