Highlights IPL 2019, Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians Match 9: A very professional chase by Kings XI Punjab. They hardly ever looked in danger in this chase. Chris Gayle and KL Rahul started off with a cautious approach but Gayle then started smashing the bowlers. He was looking set to get another half century but missed out. Mayank Agarwal replaced him in the middle and started off in an aggressive manner right from the word go. Two 50-run stand along with a sensible unbeaten knock of 71 from KL Rahul guided Punjab over the line. (SCORECARD)
HIGHLIGHTS Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, Match 9 in MOHALI
19.38 IST: Kings XI Punjab (177/2 in 18.4 overs) beat Mumbai Indians (176/7) by 8 wickets at IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. Rahul 71*, Mayank 43, Krunal 2/43
19.37 IST: FOUR! Educational edge! Length and outside off, Rahul looks to open the face of the bat but the ball goes off the edge, a lot finer than he wanted to play it and to the third man fence. Two runs away now. KXIP 175/2 in 18.1 overs, need 2 runs to win vs MI (176/7)
19.35 IST: FOUR! Full length delivery outside off, Miller smashes it through covers. It is wide of the fielders at deep and they have no chance to stop that. Only 6 needed off the last 2 overs.
19.28 IST: Second boundary of the over from Rahul’s blade. Just what Punjab wanted. Good length delivery on off, Raul gets on top of that one and smashes his drive through covers for a boundary. KXIP 163/2 in 17 overs, need 14 runs to win vs MI (176/7)
19.21 IST: FIFTY! KL Rahul plays a crucial knock to keep Punjab ahead in this tricky chase vs Mumbai. Kings XI Punjab 151/2 in 15.4 overs, need 60 runs to win vs Mumbai Indians (176/7)
19.15 IST: FOUR! Boundary to end and it is probably the over which turns the tide in completely in the favor of the hosts. 19 from it. A poor delivery again, short and on the body. Miller just helps it on its way to the fine leg fence. Punjab 140/2 in 15 overs, need 37 runs to win vs Mumbai (176/7)
19.10 IST: SIX! What a shot that is! Rahul finally comes to the fore! Slightly short and outside off, Rahul stays leg side of the delivery, arches his back and then cuts it over point. Goes all the way. Once again the perfect start to the over for the hosts. KXIP 127/2 in 14.3 overs vs MI (176/7)
19.04 IST: OUT! Krunal gets the big wicket of free-flowing Mayank Agarwal for 41. Caught and bowled! Krunal is once again the partnership breaker. A sharp catch this. Agarwal makes room and Krunal follows him as he fires it in. Mayank though punches it firmly but uppishly back to where it came from. Krunal there gets his body behind and takes it. End of enterprising innings from Agarwal. He has done the job. Mumbai though will hope to get a couple more quickly. Kings XI Punjab 117/2 in 13.3 overs, need 60 runs to win vs Mumbai Indians (176/7)
19.02 IST: SIX! As easy you as you like from Mayank! 41 from 19 is the batsman who walked out at no. 3. Makes room and then lofts it wide of long off. The connection is such that it carries all the way. Ideal start to the over. Pressure on the bowler. Punjab 115/1 in 13.1 overs, need 62 runs to win vs Mumbai (176/7)
18.55 IST: SIX! What a shot by Mayank Agarwal, he has hit it right out of the middle of the bat. 100 up for the hosts. Excellent use of the feet, gets to the pitch of it and then tonks it over the long on fence for a biggie. 76 in 50 needed now, Punjab on top. Kings XI Punjab 101/1 in 11.4 overs, need 76 runs to win vs Mumbai Indians (176/7)
18.45 IST: FOUR! Edgy but Punjab will take it with both hands. Shorter delivery outside off, Mayank clears his front foot and looks to cut it but gets a thick outside edge. It flies away from the short third man fielder for a boundary. KXIP 78/1 in 9.2 overs vs MI (176/7)
18.40 IST: FOUR! Over the bowler’s head! Lovely shot. They key here was he transfers his weight on the foot and plays it with a straight bat. It bounces once before the ropes and then skids on, leaving the fielder at long off no chance to stop it. A much-needed boundary. 9 off the over but the wicket of Gayle. Punjab 61/1 in 8 overs, need 116 runs to win vs Mumbai (176/7)
18.37 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya removes Chris Gayle for 40. The Pandya brothers combine to get rid of Chris Gayle. Mumbai are absolutely pumped up as Gayle was hitting almost everything out of the park. He falls 10 short of a half ton. Clever bowling by Krunal. He bowls it very wide outside off, hoping for Gayle to reach out and look to hit against the angle on the leg side. Gayle falls to that trap as he tries to clear long on. It goes right off the bottom. Hardik at long on settles under it and takes it. Punjab need 124 more. KXIP 53/1 in 7.2 overs, need 124 runs to win vs MI (176/7)
18.33 IST: SIX! Once again Gayle hits back-to-back maximums! This is better than the last one. Full and on off, Gayle clears his front leg and tonks it over the bowler’s head. The straight boundaries are short so it carries all the way. The big man has released all the pressure that was building. 50 up for the hosts. It has not come up in quick time but they have not lost a wicket.
18.32 IST: SIX! Well, the big man is handling the pressure really well. A much-needed biggie. The slower one on middle, Gayle picks it and whacks it over the square leg fence. Kings XI Punjab 45/0 in 6.4 overs vs Mumbai Indians (176/7)
18.21 IST: FOUR! Good length delivery outside off, Gayle flat bats it through covers. Gayle looks in the mood today. Second boundary off the over. KXIP 36/0 in 5 overs, need 141 runs to win vs MI (176/7)
18.18 IST: FOUR! Fuller delivery on off, Gayle squeezes it past mid off and the ball races away to the fence. Punjab 31/0 in 4.3 overs vs Mumbai (176/7)
18.10 IST: SIX! Consecutive maximums! This one is also huge. It is also his 300th six in the Indian T20 League. This time it is fuller in length on middle, Gayle lofts it over the wide long on fence. 15 from the over. KXIP 21/0 in 2.4 overs, need 156 runs to win vs MI (176/7)
18.08 IST: SIX! That is colossal! A cracking sound of the bat on that one! Short and on middle, Gayle picks the length early and deposits it into the mid-wicket stands.
18.01 IST: FOUR! This time Gayle goes through with the shot. Once again a shorter delivery, Gayle this time upper cuts it over the short third man fielder for a boundary. Kings XI Punjab 5/0 in 1 over vs Mumbai Indians (176/7)
17.56 IST: We are back for the chase. Out walk Punjab’s dominating opening pair of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul. Mitchell McClenaghan to start the proceedings with the new ball for Mumbai.
17.41 IST: A leg bye to end Mumbai’s innings! So Punjab do manage to keep Mumbai under 180. This is very full and outside off. MM looks to paddle it but misses to get hit on the pads. It rolls towards the leg side for a single. Leg bye signaled. So despite the six, only 9 from the last over. Mumbai Indians 176/7 in 20 overs vs Kings XI Punjab. de Kock 60, Rohit 32, M Ashwin 2/25, Viljoen 2/40
17.39 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya is a goner now! Another decent catch, this time it is Mandeep Singh. Shami goes for the surprise short ball and it is outside off. Pandya looks to drag his pull, he hits it nicely but does not get the distance he would have liked. Mandeep Singh at deep mid-wicket does well to stay inside the ropes and take it. Pandya falls after playing a decent cameo. Now Punjab can keep them under 180. MI 175/6 in 19.4 overs vs KXIP
17.37 IST: SIX! Another full toss and this is hit into the stands by Hardik. Now we know why he refused a single on the first ball. A high one and Pandya flicks it over the mid-wicket stand.
17.30 IST: OUT! Hardus Viljoen removes Krunal Pandya for 10. Probably not as Krunal falls after hitting two boundaries! The short ball does the trick. He looks to pull but does not get on top of the bounce. It takes the top edge and goes uppishly towards square leg. Murugan Ashwin runs in and takes a good catch. Second for Viljoen and Mumbai seem to be losing their way here.
17.28 IST: FOUR! What was the fielder doing there? The short ball is pulled through square leg. There are two fielders one from the left and the other from the right go for it. The one from the left has a better chance to stop it but for some reason, he lets it through. Boundary to begin the over, ideal start.
17.24 IST: OUT! Andrew Tye removes Kieron Pollard for 7. In the air… and that is a very, very good catch by Agarwal! Pollard perishes in the attempt to up the ante. The knuckleball does the trick for Tye. It is fuller in length. Pollard looks to go downtown but is a touch early into the stroke. He manages to hit it high in the air. So high that it probably has snow on it as it comes down. Agarwal at long off, does really well to position himself just ahead of the ropes and take the skier. Big wicket this as Pollard can be very dangerous. MI 146/5 in 17.1 overs vs KXIP
17.20 IST: FOUR! Pulled away and in the gap! Much-needed boundary! Short and on middle, Pandya stands tall and pulls it in the gap in the mid-wicket region. Mumbai 142/4 in 16.3 overs vs Punjab
17.15 IST: Strategic break has been signaled! Now then, Punjab are amidst a good passage of play here. They have managed to pull things back and also taken a few quick wickets. Mumbai though are still in a decent position and with Pollard and Pandya out there, they are still in contention to get to a big total. The visitors would hope the two can fire. Also, Hardus Viljoen is back. Mumbai Indians 137/4 in 16 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
17.13 IST: FOUR! Edgy but Mumbai will take it! Short and outside off, it turns back. Pandya looks to cut but gets an outside edge through third man for a boundary.
17.09 IST: OUT! Murugan Ashwin removes Yuvraj Singh for 18. Yuvraj holes out! Two wickets in quick succession for the hosts and they are back into this one. Now two new batsmen are out in the middle for the visitors. Exactly what they did not want heading into the fag end. It is another googly from the bowler. Yuvraj looks to play the sweep but does not get on top of the bounce. He only manages a top edge towards deep square leg where Shami takes a neat catch. MI 126/4 in 14.4 overs vs KXIP
17.01 IST: OUT! Mohammed Shami removes Quinton de Kock for 60. Three reds and de Kock has to take the long walk back! He takes a review along with him. That seemed a review in hope though. De Kock shuffles right across then looks to heave it on the leg side. He misses it completely and the ball hits him around the knee roll. An appeal and the umpire raises the finger. De Kock reviews. Replays roll in and they show the on-field call is the right one. End of brilliant innings from de Kock. He has done his job and laid the foundation for the big hitters to come. Can the batters coming in capitalize or will Punjab pull things back now? Mumbai Indians 120/3 in 13 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
16.59 IST: SIX! Well, he had no problem timing the ball there, that was right off the middle. Fuller in length and on middle, de Kock plants his front foot across and picks it up, the timing is such that it carries over the square leg fence. MI 120/2 in 12.5 overs vs KXIP
16.53 IST: Fifty! Quinton de Kock slams 6th half-century in IPL. A very good knock this from de Kock. It is a Floated delivery on middle and leg, de Kock takes the aerial route and looks to heave this over the mid-wicket fence. He does not time it perfectly. But it goes between mid-wicket and long on for a boundary. Mumbai Indians 110/2 in 12 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
16.51 IST: FOUR! 100 up for the visitors. Exquisite! Full on off, Yuvraj drives it straight down the ground through mid off for a boundary.
16.45 IST: SIX! Don’t even bother looking, this one is out of here. Length delivery on middle and leg, de Kock rocks onto his back foot and pulls it over the mid-wicket fence for a maximum. First six of the game and a big one.
16.41 IST: FOUR! Consecutive boundaries! This time to the left of the long on fielder. This is very full on middle, de Kock whips it through mid-wicket and it races away. Mumbai Indians 80/2 in 9 overs vs Kings XI Punjab
16.35 IST: FOUR! Deft! Lovely shot. Second boundary for him like this. Once again waits for it and then stays leg side of the delivery. Guides it past short third man and the ball races away. 1000 Indian Premier League runs for de Kock.
16:30 IST: OUT! Murugan strikes in his very first over. Quicker and straighter on middle, Suryakumar Yadav looks to play it across but misses it completely. It hits him on his front pad, Murugan goes up in appeal and the umpire raises the dreaded finger.
16:23 OUT! It is the skipper Rohit Sharma, who has been dismissed! 50-1 for MI. A much-needed wicket for Punjab and it is a big one as Rohit was looking so good. Viljoen draws first blood! He bends his back on this one and bowls it full on middle, Rohit plants his front foot across and looks to flick but misses to get hit on the pads.
16:17 IST: After four overs, Mumbai Indians are 35/0.
16:15 IST: Mumbai Indians are off to a good start, they are 28/0 after three overs.
16:11 IST: A nicely worked boundary by De Kock as he slams Ashwin’s bowl.
16:01 IST: First over gone, The ‘Hitman’ ends it with a boundary. 7 without loss for Mumbai Indians.
16:00 IST: What do you reckon, guys?
15:57 IST: the players are on the pitch. Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma to open proceedings with the bat for Mumbai Indians and the ‘mankader’ Ashwin to bowl first for the hosts.
15:47 IST: Following are the conformed XI of both sides.
15:37 IST: Just the one change for hosts Kings XI Punjab – Murugan Ashwin comes in for Varun Chakravarthy.
15:36 IST: No changes for the Mumbai Indians, they have retained the same starting eleven.
15:32 IST: Ravichandran Ashwin has won the toss, his KXIP side will look to bowl first.
15:22 IST: Kings XI owner Preity Zinta has a special message for her side:
15:20 IST: It is the visitors who have the edge in this fixture – Mumbai Indians have won against Kings XI Punjab the last four times this tie has been hosted by Mohali.
15:15 IST: The toss will take place soon, stay tuned.
Brief Preview: With the ‘Mankading’ shadow still hovering over them, a deflated Kings XI Punjab will look to get their house in order when they take on Mumbai Indians in their first Indian Premier League (IPL) home game this season at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Saturday. After beating Rajasthan Royals on the road in their opening fixture, a game infamous for Ashwin’s ‘Mankading’ Jos Buttler, Kings XI lost by 28 runs to Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens.
Ashwin went for a lot of runs after he asked the home team to bat first, and looked out of sorts on the field too, making a silly mistake of allowing the team to have only three fielders inside the circle when Mohammed Shami castled Andre Russell towards the end of the first innings. It was called a no ball. Russell went on to smash a 17-ball 48 as KKR scored 56 runs off 19 balls since the incident. Kings XI lost the match there and while chasing, were never in the game.
It will be hard for India Test off-spinner Ashwin to take his mind away from the controversy which got world cricket talking.
On Thursday, MCC clarified that Ashwin seemingly “paused too long” which was “not within the spirit of cricket”. This was a U-turn from their previous stance where the custodians of the sport said the 32-year old did not violate the ethics. Punjab can draw heart from David Miller and Mayank Agarwal scoring hhalf-centuriesin the last game, with Shami bowling really fast and exceedingly well.
The Chris Gayle factor is always there and though the Jamaican did not get as many runs as the team would have liked in the last game, the left-hander is always a threat to any opposition and can single-handedly win games.
Coming to Mumbai, the Rohit Sharma led side won a last-ball cliffhanger against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Thursday night, a game marred by Lasith Malinga escaping a big last-ball no ball which the umpire missed.
RCB and India skipper Virat Kohli termed the incident as “ridiculous”, saying this isn’t club cricket. But Mumbai would, nonetheless, take heart from the victory and look to continue their winning run against Punjab.
Rohit got some runs under his belt but it was Jasprit Bumrah who once again showcased why he is the best bowler in white-ball cricket with his accurate stuff to choke RCB and AB De Villiers who was looking in ominous form.