Punjab Kings 198 for 5 (Dhawan 70, Agarwal 52, Jitesh 30*, Thampi 2-47) Mumbai Indians 186 for 9 (Brevis 49, Suryakumar 43, Varma 43, Smith 4-30, Rabada 2-29) with 12 runs
After bolstering their bowling at the cost of stroke depth, Mumbai Indians committed T20’s cardinal sin twice – losing wickets to runouts – and ran out of punch in a thrilling 199 chase. In a high scoring match full of sparkling boundaries, won Punjab Kings by a margin of 12 runs – two sixes – to take their third win in five games.
Agarwal and Dhawan arranged things
Agarwal’s most concentrated at bat came over in the fifth, when he hit 4, 4, 6 against leg pinner M Ashwin. The six were particularly impressive, both in design and execution – he stretched and wasn’t quite on the pitch of the ball, which also turned away from his striker arc, but he still went ahead with the shot and cleared the long range fielder . -from.
Mumbai pulls things back
The ball before Agarwal’s dismissal, ESPNcricinfo’s forecaster predicted a PBKS total of 195. By the end of the 17th over, when Dhawan fell for 70 of 50 balls, it had fallen to 182.
Several components of Mumbai’s bolstered bowling attack – they went with five outstanding bowlers on the day – contributed to this setback – for example, after giving away 17 in his first over, Ashwin only conceded 17 in his next three – but mostly under them was Bumrah. Mumbai’s spearhead focused all the way from the yorker down to his four overs, no matter what stage he was bowling at, and generally got it right. On one occasion he got it spectacularly well, bursting through Liam Livingstone to bowl him for 2. He finished the match as the most economical bowler on both sides, with figures of 4-0-28-1.
Jitesh and Shahrukh bring the finish line
Rohit comes out swinging
However, after taking him to 28 out of 16, Rohit’s aggression cost him his wicket, as Kagiso Rabada cramped him for room on the pull. Then Arora got the ball to come off the hem and chopped off Ishan Kishan, and Mumbai was left 32 for 2 in the fifth.
Brevis announces himself
A back-foot cover drive for four from Arshdeep and a slightly rushed pull for six from Odean Smith reminded everyone of his precocious talent, but no one could have seen what would come shortly after.
When Brevis went on strike for the second ball of the ninth over, Mumbai needed 135 from 71 balls. When that was over, the equation was 107 out of 66. According to ESPNcricinfo’s forecaster, Mumbai’s odds of winning shot up from 13.3% to 48.5%.
With Tilak Varma also often finding the limit – his two sixes were a scoop pull over short fine leg and a back slash over back point – Mumbai flew to their target as overs nine, 10 and 11 yielded 53 runs. Brevis was even dropped during this phase, but he was caught on a deep back square leg from the next ball, the last of the 11th, to give PBKS some much-needed relief.
Suryakumar fights, but eruptions sink Mumbai
Mumbai needed 79 of the last 48 balls. That’s a speed requirement under 10, which is usually in favor of the batting side as long as they don’t lose two quick wickets and expose the lower order. Coincidentally, they gave PBKS those two wickets, with Tilak Varma run-out in the 13th after a substitution with Suryakumar Yadav, and Kieron Pollard run-out in the 17th when he couldn’t match his partner’s fluency. but nevertheless responded to his call for a second run.
In between, Suryakumar and Pollard scored just 19 points on overs 14, 15 and 16, while PBKS tightened the ball and Mumbai made what seemed a deliberate and forced effort to get the game deep given the lack of decisiveness to follow.
When Pollard ran out, Mumbai needed 47 of 23 balls. Still doable in the regular schedule, but they only had one recognized batter in the middle.
Suryakumar, forced to go after everything now, transferred to Rabada in the 19th. Mumbai needed 22 of the last six, and a drawn six from Unadkat from the first ball gave them their last shot of hope. But Odean Smith, switching to rounding the wicket, sent Unadkat off the third ball, eventually ending the game with a nine-run, triple wicket left.
Karthik Krishnaswamy is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo