IPL 2022, MI vs PBKS: Mumbai Indians lost their fifth successive match of IPL 2022 when they lost by 12 runs to Punjab Kings at the MCA Stadium in Pune on Wednesday. Chasing 199, MI were in a strong position after 10 overs but lost their way towards the end.
- Shikhar Dhawan top-scored with 70 as PBKS posted 198 for 5 off their 20 overs
- Dewald Brevis (49) , Suryakumar (43) tried hard but MI fell short by 12 runs
- This was MI’s fifth succesive defeat in IPL 2022
Punjab Kings and Odean Smith held their nerves in a final-over thriller to beat Mumbai Indians by xx runs at the MCA Stadium in Pune. This was MI’s fifth successive defeat in IPL 2022 and this is now their joint worst start in the IPL – in 2014, they had lost their first five matches of the camaign.
Odean Smith, who had been smashed for two sixes off the the last two balls by Rahul Tewatia of Rajasthan Royals, bowled the final over once again against MI who needed 22 to secure their first win. Jaydev Unadkat hit Smith for a six off the first ball of the over but Smith bounced back with two wickets to deny the 5-time IPL champions.
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Chasing 199, MI needed a really quick start and Rohit Sharma promised to do that – he hit 3 fours and 2 sixes but fell to Kagiso Rabada for a 17-ball 28. Ishan Kishan, who has not somehow lost his touch after back-to-back fifties in the first two matches this season, perished to Vaibhav Arora as Tilak Varma joined Dewald Brevis in the middle. The two teenagers were in a brutal mood – Brevis hit Rahul Chahar for a four and 4 sixes in his first over while Tilak continued his rich form this season to give bring the MI chase back on track.
Brevis and Tilak smashed sixes at will as MI went from 32 for 2 in the 5th over to 116 for 3 in the 11th by the time Brevis fell for 49. Tilak Varma was run out soon after a mix-up with Suryakumar Yadav. Not long after, Kieron Pollard was run out in a similar mix-up, as PBKS clawed back into the contest.
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Suryakumar Yadav was MI’s best hope at the stage and he once again showed his class. They missed him for the first two matches but he came back from his injury layoff with back-to-back half-centuries. However, with 22 to get off 8 balls, Suryakumar fell to Kagiso Rabada for a 30-ball 43.
After being asked to bat, PBKS skipper Mayank Agarwal was quick to pounce on Mumbai Indians’ bowlers even as Shikhar Dhawan decided to be watchful. The two added 97 for the first wicket before Agarwal perished to Murugan Ashwin in the 10th over.
Shikhar Dhawan steered the innings nicely after Agarwal’s exit for 52 and became the first batter in IPL history to hit 800 boundaries. When he looked set to get a hundred, Basil Thampi outfoxed Dhawan with a slower ball to end his innings for 70.
Jonny Bairstow failed for the second match in succession while the in-form Liam Livingstone was done in by a brilliant yorker from Jasprit Bumrah.
However, Jitesh Sharma (30 not out off 15 balls) and Shah Rukh Khan (15 off 6 balls) ensured PBKS had a competitive total on a good batting pitch.
MI ROCKED EARLY
Mumbai Indians needed a strong start in a stiff chase and Rohit Sharma, who has been in sluggish IPL form, had started to take the attack to Punjab Kings but he fell in the 4th over of the innings. Kagiso Rabada had conceded 9 runs in his first over but returned for his second to remove the MI skipper. In the very next over, Vaibhav Arora sent back Ishan Kishan as his poor run continued. The young opener started the campaign with two fifties but has since struggled to regain momentum.
ROHIT JOINS VIRAT
Rohit Sharma became the second Indian after Virat Kohli to score 10,000 T20 runs when he reached 26 in an aggressive start. However, Rohit t could not carry on for much longer and fell after adding only two more runs to his tally. Kohli is the leading run-scorer in the IPL while Rohit Sharma is third in the list. Rohit has 4 hundreds in T20 Internationals but has so far scored only 1 hundred in the IPL. Rohit has also led MI to 5 IPL titles and continues to remain the most successful captain in IPL.
AB OR BREVIS?
Dewald Brevis is just a few days short of turning 19 but the way he smashed the PBKS bowling attack would have you think otherwise. Brevis had grabbed headlines with his batting style which many have compared with AB de Villiers, another South African powerhitter and one of the legends of the game. In the recent Under-19 World Cup, Brevis was the highest run-scorer and broke Shikhar Dhawan’s record for the all-time tally. On Wednesday, Dhawan watched as a hapless PBKS fielder when Brevis took Rahul Chahar apart in his first over for 4, 6, 6, 6 and 6 – Chahar ended up conceding his most expensive over in the IPL.
Brevis was cruising to his maiden fifty and had a lucky escape when he was dropped at third man off the bowling of Odean Smith – the ball rolled over the rope and the South African teenager moved to 49. However, he fell in the next ball, one short of what was a well-deserved half-century.
Brevis’s wicket brought another as Tilak Varma was run out for 36 (20 balls) following a mix-up with Surykumar Yadav.
Suryakumar Yadav sat out of the first two matches for Mumbai Indians because he was recovering from an injury. He came back with a bang and hit two half-centuries in his first two matches of the season. On Wednesday, he played another crucial role for MI with a quickfire 43 after being involved in two run-outs (of Tilak Varma and Kieron Pollard).
With 22 needed off 8 balls, Kagiso Rabada removed Surykumar with MI needing 22 off 8 balls.
MAYANK ON FIRE
Mayank Agarwal had an indifferent start to the IPL this year but on Wednesday, he was at his fluent best against Mumbai Indians. The PBKS captain was in an aggressive mood after being asked to bat by Rohit Sharma. While his opening partner Shikhar Dhawan took his time in the middle, Agarwal wasted no time and hammered 52 off 32 balls – the innings was studded with 6 fours and 2 sixes. However, a hurricane knock from Agarwal was cut short by Murugan Ashwin.
UNADKAT, BUMRAH STRIKE
Punjab Kings had raced away to a brilliant start and Rohit Sharma looked worried. Mumbai Indians desperately needed to stop the rampaging PBKS batters. Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan had taken their side to an explosive start and then there the likes of Jonny Bairstow and Liam Livingstone to come. However, Jaydev Unadkat and Jasprit Bumrah made their impact after M Ashwin snared Agarwal.
Unadkat deceived Bairstow with a slower ball to send him back while Bumrah’s searing yorker accounted for the dangerous and in-form Livingstone.
DHAWAN BLASTS OFF
Shikhar Dhawan is the second highest run-scorer in the history of the IPL but this season, he was yet to blow hot for PBKS. He started off watchfully but teed off after Mayanak Agarwal’s exit. Dhawan became the first batter in IPL to hit 800 boundaries before he fell for a 50-ball 70 including 5 fours and 3 sixes. This was Dhawan’s first half-century for PBKS and the innings helped set the platform for Jitesh Sharma to play a fantastic cameo.
MI BOWLERS STRUGGLE
There were patches of brilliance from MI’s bowlers – like Unadkat’s slower ball to remove Bairstow and Bumrah’s yorker to ensure there were no Liam fireworks. However, if Rohit Sharma thought there would be some respite for his bowlers after Dhawan’s dismissal, he would be left frustrated again as Jitesh Sharma came out all guns blazing as PBKS stormed towards to 198 for 5 off their 20 overs.