Elegance mingled with belligerence as Rohit Sharma and his two big-hitting lieutenants – Pollard and Pandya powered Mumbai Indians to a comprehensive 48 runs win over KXIP to climb to the top of IPL 2020 table.
Rohit Sharma hit a steely knock of 70 guided by Pollard’s 20 ball 47 and Pandya’s quickfire 11 balls 30 to propel MI to a big total of 191/4.
IPL 2020 KXIP vs MI Highlights: The last 5 overs made all the difference
Little did KXIP know what was to follow in the last 23 balls of the innings. Pollard and Hardik Pandya got stuck into the opposition to slam 67 runs together. Jimmy Neesham and Krishnappa Gowtham surprisingly bowled three of the last five overs and it KXIP endeed up conceding 104 runs in last six overs.
MI finished on 191 runs for the lost of four wickets after 20 overs with Pollard remaining unbeaten on 47 (20 balls) while Hardik plundered 30* off 11 balls.
After the skipper was dismissed for a 45-ball 70, the duo of Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya smashed fours and sixes at will, scoring 67 runs in mere 25 balls.
MI got 25 runs in the final over with Pollard sending Krishnappa Gotham’s last three balls into the stands of the Abu Dhabi Stadium.
They scored 19 off the penultimate over and 18 off the 18th over to take the total to 191 after MI at one point was trailing at 87 for three with 6 overs remaining.
On the other hand, KXIP lost 4 quick wickets in their last 5 overs and could only reach 143 runs for the loss of eight wickets to lose the game by a huge margin on 48 runs. In the end, the superb partnership in the last 5 overs between Hardik and Pollard made the difference for MI apart from Rohit Sharma’s 70-run knock.
IPL 2020 KXIP vs MI Highlights: KXIP batsmen failed to make a mark
KXIP needed their openers, KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal to get going and the duo made their intentions clear in the first three overs itself. They added 33 runs in just three overs but then Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya arrested the run-scoring and the former successfully castled Agarwal. The pressure got to Karun Nair as well and he bagged a duck.
Rahul Chahar then took the most important wicket of the innings dismissing KL Rahul and at 60/3, KXIP’s hopes were almost diminished. Nicholas Pooran then played some delightful strokes to score 44 off 27 balls. His knock had started to give some momentum to the innings but James Pattinson’s introduction into the bowling attack led to the left-hander edging one to the wicket-keeper.
Glenn Maxwell‘s poor run in the tournament continued and if anything, he ended up putting the target out of reach with his 18-ball 11. With wickets falling consistently, KXIP fell far behind in the competition and were not even in the chase by the time the 17th over began
Mumbai Indians 191 for 4 (Rohit 70, Pollard 47*, Hardik 30*, Cottrell 1-20)
Kings XI Punjab 143 for 8 (Pooran 44, Bumrah 2-18, Chahar 2-26)