Two-time defending champions Mumbai defeated Punjab by six wickets in match 42 of Indian T20 League 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.
After Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to field first, the five-time champions Mumbai restricted Punjab to a modest total of 135/6 in 20 overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Kieron Pollard were the standout bowlers for Mumbai as they bagged two wickets each. For Punjab, Aiden Markram was the lone performer with the bat as he scored 42 runs off 29 balls.
In reply, Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Hardik Pandya (40) powered Mumbai to a six-wicket victory to help them jump to fifth in the points table.
Here's what happened during the match:
It's all over! Mumbai win by six wickets
This is what fans expect from Hardik Pandya as he smashes his India teammate Mohammed Shami all-round the park to win the game for Mumbai. Much needed win for the defending champions as they stay in contention for the playoffs.
Mumbai 137/4 (19)
Punjab 135/6 (20)
Mumbai need 16 runs in 12 balls
Kieron Pollard pounces on Arshdeep Singh, who concedes 13 runs in the 18th over. Mumbai 120/4 in 18 overs.
Hardik, you beauty!
Hardik Pandya hammers Mohammed Shami for a boundary, followed by a six. 11 runs come off Shami's third over. Mumbai 106/4 in 17 overs.
Mumbai need 40 runs in 24 balls
Kieron Pollard has joined Hardik Pandya at the crease. Just four overs to go, Mumbai require 40 more runs. We are in for a thriller!
OUT!!!Ellis removes Tiwary
Nathan Ellis picks the huge wicket of Saurabh Tiwary as he departs for 45. Mumbai 92/4 in 15.1 overs.
SIX!!!What a shot!
Saurabh Tiwary smashes leg-spinner Ravi Bishnoi for a huge six. Much needed boundary for Mumbai. They need 44 runs in 30 balls. Can Mumbai do it?
DROPPED!!! Should have been taken!
Oh no Harpreet, what have you done. He drops Hardik Pandya's catch at backward point. Can this miss backfire Punjab?Mumbai 84/3 in 14 overs.