KXIP wins the toss and offers MI to bat first. Punjab has one change in Gowtham who replaced M Ashwin whereas MI is unchanged.
Loud cheer for KXIP camp to give opening over to Sheldon Cottrell who had nightmarish outing against RR. Rahul Twetia’s 5 sixes off Cottrell is still afresh in the mind of viewers but Cottrell had left his demons far behind and his wicket maiden over.
De Kock receives parting salute from Sheldon Cottrell after being bowled.
In the next over Sharma hits first ball boundary off Shami to score his 5000 IPL runs.
MI reviews the LBW decision off the last ball of the second over.
Rohit would be relieved to survive the no-ball scare.
A direct hit from short fine leg removes the in-form Suryakumar Yadav. Powerplay score for MI is 42/2.
Rohit and Ishan Kishan keeps the scoreboard and ticking and MI’s score halfway through the innings were 62/2.
First, six of the innings came in the 11th over when Ishan threw the ball 84 m into the stands.
Bishnoi drops Ishan at deep mid-wicket.
Neesham must be disappointed to see this.
Both the batsmen struggling to switch the gear and a wicket can be on the anvil.
Ishan’s woes continue against Cottrell which benefitted Gowtham as he removed Ishan.
Thus Gowtham ended his draught of 8 wicketless IPL games.
Pollard and Rohit hit sixes each and scores 15 runs off 15th over.
Last 5 overs remaining.
The score reads as 102/3.
Enough is enough and Rohit takes matter in his hands and hits 2 sixes and 2 boundaries off Neesham.
Shami removed Rohit in the first ball and Pollard reviewed LBW decision off the last ball of the 17th over.
Nessham gets 18th over and Hardik’s explosion fetched MI 18 runs.
Hardik scores a boundary and gives the strike to Pollard who hits three consecutive boundaries off Shami in the 19th over.
And, KL Rahul’s miscalculation becomes an advantage for MI as spinner bowls the last over in which MI milked 25 runs where Pollard hit three consecutive sixes to finish the innings.
MI Scores 89 runs in last over where Pollard scored 47 runs off 20 balls and Hardik rushed to 30 in 11 balls.
This explosion gave MI a big score to defend given the score at the end of the 15th over it looked MI would not get more than 160.
KXIP Punjab had a big target to chase but in form, Mayank and Rahul who had been scoring most of the runs for Punjab seemed confident.
They scored 33 runs in first three overs.
Krunal applied brake on runs in the fourth over and Bumrah removed dangerous-looking Mayank in the 5th over.
Krunal removed Nair in the 6th over.
These two bowlers with their blows damped the pace of Punjab’s innings.
Powerplay score for Punjab is 41/2.
Krunal opens the 8th over with a wide and bowls two more.
Pooran hits him for a six and boundary to finish the over on high.
Rahul Chahar removed KL Rahul in the 9th over.
And with this wicket match was almost over for Punjab but a lot hinged upon Pooran and Maxwell’s shoulder.
While Pooran was scoring and hitting big, Maxwell struggled at the other end.
Pooran was dismissed for 44 runs in 27 balls off Pattinson and Rahul Chahar removed Maxwell in the next over.
At the end of the 15th over Punjab’s score was 109/5.
Now match was very well within MI’s control and they won this convincingyly by 48 runs.
Kieron Pollard was Man of the Match for his brutal inning.