The Punjab Kings, despite struggling in the middle, was pretty comfortable during the chase. Rahul Chahar took the only wicket of the innings — Mayank Agarwal for 25 runs off 20 balls. However, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle put on a 79-run partnership to guide PBKS home. Both Punjab (5th) and Mumbai Indians (6th) now have four points from five matches in the 2021 Indian Premier League, with two wins and three losses.
KL Rahul hit the winning four to help Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeat Mumbai Indians (MI) in Match 17 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season, at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Friday. Chasing a target of 132 runs, PBKS scored 132 for one in 17.4 overs, winning by nine wickets. Rahul and Chris Gayle formed a match-winning partnership, to help their side to a win. Captain Rahul smashed an unbeaten knock of 60 runs in 52 balls, packed with three fours and three sixes. Meanwhile, Gayle scored 43 in 35 balls, consisting of five fours and two sixes. Rahul Chahar took a wicket for MI, in an otherwise poor showing for their bowlers. Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored a half-century to help MI up their innings at 131 for six in 20 overs.
The MI skipper Rohit sharma scored 63 runs off 52 balls, with five fours and two sixes. Suryakumar Yadav also made a noteworthy contribution with 33 runs off 27 balls. Mohammed Shami and Ravi Bishnoi were on fire for Punjab, taking two wickets each. Meanwhile, Deepak Hooda and Arshdeep Singh registered a dismissal each.
KL Rahul | Man of the Match and Winning captain: We don’t want to get too ahead of ourselves. Slowly we are coming together as a team. We are still a young team. Every year we keep bringing in newer guys. It’s important to be patient. The guys we have backed and given opportunities are slowly coming through. Hooda has been playing really well, Shahrukh got an opportunity and he’s been batting really well, Bishnoi came in this game and the way he bowled was brilliant. Fingers crossed, hopefully we can keep climbing and keep getting two points every game. Main coach did have a little bit of a long chat about batting second. I felt that the wicket was sticky. I felt that the bowlers always were under pressure, it was important that they bowled on a wicket like this early. We had heard that there was a lot of dew here. I felt like that could play a part. The drier ball started to grip, when it turns and bounces like that, it gets really hard. It was good of Chris that he got through that period. He was always confident that he could make it up. He knew whom to target. That’s what you get with Chris, not just destructive batting but also experience of so many years playing T20 cricket. I am sure it gives him (Bishnoi) a lot of confidence. He unfortunately missed the first few games, he’s been working really hard with Anil bhai. There were a few things he needed to correct and he’s been somebody who’s brave, that’s very good to see. He held his composure and bowled really well. When I know what target I am chasing, it gets slightly easier to pace the innings. Really happy with the way I finished the game and that’s the most important thing.
Rohit Sharma | Losing captain: Not enough runs. I still feel it is not a bad wicket to bat on. You saw how Punjab Kings batted and won the game with 9 wickets in hand. It is just the application which is missing in our batting. If you get 150-160 on this wicket then you are always in the game, that is something we failed to do in the last two games. You can look at it either way, I thought their bowlers bowled well in the powerplay, Ishan was trying to hit but couldn’t get it and even I was not able to hit. We have batted well in the powerplay previously but today we failed to do so. Something is missing in our batting line-up, we are not able to bat 20 overs in the fashion we want and something that we have to look at and see what we can do. It was just a tactical thing, we wanted someone who would bat well against the spinners in the middle and SKY was the one to do that. But when you play on such a challenging pitch then you have to be ready for all the possibilities. When you try, if it works it looks good and if it doesn’t work then it looks bad, but we always back the decision we make. We are not putting enough effort on the field and when the conditions are tough you need to understand how you need to bat and how you need to bowl.