The Mumbai Indians flex their muscle and defeat Kings XI Punjab. The defending champions won a one-sided match against KXIP at Abu Dhabi and completed their second win of IPL 2020.
The MI bowling attack was relentless as they exerted constant pressure on the KXIP batting. Mayank Agarwal and KL were dismissed early in the chase and from there on it was one-way traffic.
Mumbai Indians Defeats Kings XI Punjab By 48 Runs
Nicholas Pooran did showcase his brilliance but wasn’t unable to take his side home. Jasprit Bumrah was once again lethal as he bowled with pace and accuracy. James Pattinson and Rahul Chahar also kept picking wickets in the middle overs. The KXIP side has now only won 1 out of 4 matches in IPL 2020.
Earlier in the match, Rohit Sharma led from the front as assessed the conditions at Abu Dhabi. The elegant batsman top-scored with 70 and gave a platform for his explosive middle-order to unleash in the death overs.
Everything went according to plan – Rohit Sharma
It was Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya show late in the innings as they took the Mumbai Indians total close to 200. In the end, MI inserted a target of 192 for KXIP which ultimately proved to be match-winning.
Here’s what winning skipper of MI, Rohit Sharma had to say after the match
Rohit Sharma, “It was a great win. We didn’t start really well, but we always knew with the kind of attack Punjab had we wanted to capitalize. Those two guys they back themselves to get the runs, it’s nice to have them in form as well. It wasn’t going to be easy with the ball against KXIP batting line-up”.
“We knew we had to get early wickets and everything went to plan, credit to the bowlers. The last game the execution wasn’t exactly right at the death with the ball. So we discussed and wanted to improve. I haven’t played enough with Boult and Pattinson, so it’s difficult to get them on the same page. They have now got an idea of what I need from them and I got to know them better too. Feels nice to get the runs”, Rohit said in the post-match presentation.