Chennai, April 23
Punjab Kings scored their second win of IPL-14 when they thrashed defending champions Mumbai Indians by nine wickets here tonight. Set a modest 132 to win, Punjab got there with 14 balls to spare, losing only one wicket.
Captain KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 60 of 52 balls, hitting three fours and three sixers, while Chris Gayle was slightly more aggressive in his unbeaten 43 off 35 balls, hitting five fours and two sixers. Mayank Agarwal (25 off 20 balls) was the only batsman to be dismissed, after adding 53 for the first wicket with Rahul.
Mumbai’s top-class bowling attack failed to do much after the below-par performance of their batsmen had given them a low total to defend. With this win, Punjab have four points from five matches, the same as Mumbai.
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Earlier, the Punjab bowlers had produced a discipline performance to restrict Mumbai to 131/6 despite a fine half-century by Rohit Sharma. Mumbai struggled to 21/1 in the first six overs, the lowest powerplay score this season after being put into bat. A 79-run stand between Rohit (63 off 52) and Suryakumar Yadav (33 off 27) steadied the ship for the five-time champions but they could not find the final flourish, managing only 34 runs in the last five overs for the loss of four wickets.
Leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi, playing his first game of the season, was the standout bowler for Punjab with two wickets for 21 runs in four overs. Lead pacer Mohammed Shami (2/21 in four overs) was also impressive. — TNS, agencies