IPL 2021 Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Punjab Kings (PBKS): HIGHLIGHTS
23:15 IST: Hardik and Pollard take Mumbai through to their fifth win in the season as the defending champions stay alive in the playoff race with a six-wicket win against Punjab Kings in Abu Dhabi
22:20 IST: WICKET! Upright seam, wobbled a bit and a bit of inside edge left de Kock unfortunate as he departed for 27 off 29. Mumbai lost their third wicket for just 62 runs in 10 runs.
22:04 IST: Bisnoi's double whammy have troubled Mumbai early in the chase of 136 in Abu Dhabi which includes the golden duck of Suryakumar Yadav. Mumbai have since slowed down to score 25 runs in the next 24 balls.
21:12 IST: 17 runs off the final 3 overs! Mumbai bowlers have been impressive today, restricting Punjab for 135 for six with Bumrah and Pollard picking two wickets each. Markram has been Punjab's top scorer with his knock of 42.
20:51 IST: WICKET! Rahul Chahar gets his second wicket in the UAE leg in IPL 2021, dismissing Markram for 42. A crucial breakthrough for Mumbai, ahead of the start of the death overs.
20:43 IST: Aiden Markram and Deepak Hooda are aiming to rebuild for Punjab. They have been rotating strike, conceding only one dot ball in the last 18 balls, scoring 21 runs. The partnership has already reached 42 off 39.
20:18 IST: Punjab find themselves in dire straits after making a steady start to the innings. Shortly after Krunal removed opener Mandeep, Pollard struck twice to dismiss both KL Rahul and Gayle. Bumrah then reduced Punjab to four down by removing Pooran for just 2. Punjab in desperate need of a partnership here, having amassed only 50 runs in eight overs.
20:07 IST: WICKET! Pollard picked his second wicket as he dismissed Rahul to reach the milestone of 300 wickets in T20 cricket. Rahul miscued the slower one and Bumrah picked it comfortably.
20:04 IST: WICKET! Pollard's change of pace does the work. Gayle pulls the slower ball, looking to clear the longer boundary, but holed it out to Hardik Pandya in the deep.
19:57 IST: WICKET! Krunal provides the first breakthrough for Mumbai as he dismissed Mandeep for 15. He shuffled across to sweep the fuller ball, but poor execution saw the ball strike plumb on the pads in line with the off stump.
19:52 IST: Mayank Agarwal missed out due to a stiff neck and hence Mandeep Singh joined captain Rahul at the opening position and the pair got Punjab off to a steady start adding a 35-run stand in five overs with four boundaries.
19:15 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Delhi Capitals by 3 wickets earlier this evening. This implies bad news for Mumbai, who now cannot afford another mistake. KKR's win brings good news for Chennai and RCB's chances and adds to the woes of MI, PBKS, RR and SRH
19:05 IST: Here are the playing XI for the two teams...
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton de Kock(w), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult
KL Rahul: I was a bit confused at the toss. Don't mind batting first and we need to assess what a good total would be.
Rohit Sharma: We'll look to bowl first. Just a team plan, nothing specific. It's a good pitch to bat on, so pretty simple actually. As a team we do understand where we stand at the moment and we also understand that we haven't played to the best of our potential. We know where we've made mistakes and hopefully we can correct it tonight. Because of where we stand at the moment, we have had to make some difficult changes which we didn't want to do. A couple of changes: Ishan goes out and Tiwary comes in and NCN comes in for Milne.
TOSS UPDATE: Mumbai Indians won the toss and opted to bowl against Punjab Kings in Abu Dhabi
Mumbai Indians Squad Rohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult, Rahul Chahar, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Roosh Kalaria, Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Milne, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Jimmy Neesham, Yudhvir Charak, Arjun Tendulkar, Marco Jansen.
Punjab Kings Squad KL Rahul(w/c), Mayank Agarwal, Aiden Markram, Nicholas Pooran, Deepak Hooda, Fabian Allen, Adil Rashid, Harpreet Brar, Mohammed Shami, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Chris Gayle, Moises Henriques, Mandeep Singh, Chris Jordan, Jalaj Saxena, Murugan Ashwin, Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Utkarsh Singh, Darshan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi Bishnoi, Nathan Ellis
MI vs PBKS, Match Preview: Defending champions Mumbai Indians are in troubled waters after the side lost three consecutive matches with all three being lop-sided affairs. The five-time champions will aim to change all that when they face fifth-placed Punjab Kings in match 42 of IPL 2021 in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday (7:30 PM). [READ FULL PREVIEW]