MI vs PBKS 2021: Mumbai Indians keep playoff hopes alive with a six-wicket win over Punjab Kings | Cricket news

Ultimately, it took Hardik Pandya to keep the Mumbai Indians alive in the 2021 IPL.
Under fire for not playing in the second leg of the IPL-2021 before the T20 World Cup and then not bowling, Pandya hit an undefeated 40 (30b, 4×4, 2×6) on Tuesday night to help MI score 136 in a Thu -or- die game against the spirited Punjab Kings in Abu Dhabi. MI’s six-wicket win in a low-scoring thriller helped them finish fifth on the table despite Punjab being in sixth place.
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Hardik’s return to some sort of form will be music for the Indian selectors who, prior to this game, were concerned about the all-rounder’s fitness, lack of bowling and poor performance with the racket. For now, the Baroda man has given his critics the best possible answer: with the bat.
It took MI 30 out of three overs before a six and a four from Kieron Pollard (15 not out of 7 balls) from Arshdeep Singh kept them in the hunt. At 16 of 12, Pandya needed Mohammed Shami and carted him for two fours and a six for a long time, which should have been an easy catch for Deepak Hooda. The Punjab Kings had a chance to overtake Hardik in 14th position, but Harpreet Brar dropped a sitter ahead of sailor Arshadeep Singh.

IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians beat Punjab Kings by 6 wickets

MI had dropped to 16 for two in the fourth round when the leg slinger Ravi Bishnoi dismissed skipper Rohit Sharma (caught in the middle of a beating sleep) for 8 and the colorless Suryakumar Yadav (hurled by a googly) for a duck.
Saurabh Tiwary replaced the runaway Indian goalkeeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who managed just 107 runs in eight games at 13.37, and hit 45 (37b, 2×6, 3×4) but the match was delicately balanced when he hit a widish defeated Nathan Ellis delivery to the goalkeeper with a score of 92. Ironically, like Kishan, Tiwary also plays for Jharkhand in domestic cricket.
The burly Tiwary ensured the defending champions took their fifth win in 11 games to keep on chasing a spot in the IPL playoffs. The left-handed added 45 for the third wicket in 27 balls with Quinton de Kock (27 of 29 balls).
It’s amazing how Pollard can still find light at the end of the tunnel for MI when everything seems dark.

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IPL 2021, Game 42: Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings

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Hardik Pandya put the Mumbai Indians back into play-off competition when the defending champions defeated the Punjab Kings in an IPL match with six wickets on Tuesday. (BCCI / IPL / PTI photo)

In the first half of the 2021 IPL, the West Indian all-rounder blasted an unbeaten 87 of 34 balls to give his team an exciting four-wicket win over the Chennai Super Kings.
On Tuesday night, the battered MI needed a similar spark. This time Pollard delivered the ball and became the defending champion’s “golden arm”. Coming to bowling in the seventh over of the inning, the 34-year-old hit gold himself with his second ball when Chris Gayle decided to punch him in the neck of the long long-on, where Hardik Pandya happily accepted the catch .

Two balls later, Pollard hit the captain of the Punjab Kings, KL Rahul (21), as the Indian opener could not time a short ball to the short fine leg correctly. With a big smile, Pollard signaled ‘300’ towards Bumrah to tell the world that he has now taken 300 wickets in T20 cricket. It would be no surprise if MI tried to preserve the “T20 legend” as best it could before the big IPL auction before the next IPL.
Talking about his bowling, Pollard said it was undervalued and he tries to do his best at every opportunity. “If necessary, Rohit would have tossed the ball to me for another over, but sometimes you just stop when you’re ahead. I will take these wickets every time. ”