Mumbai Indians (MI) lost their fifth consecutive game in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 after Punjab Kings (PBKS) defeated the five-time champions by 12 runs in Pune on Wednesday.
Chasing a massive target of 199, MI lost both openers – Rohit Sharma (28) and Ishan Kishan (3) – early when the score read 32 in 4.1 overs. Before Punjab could capitalise further, the young batting pair of Dewald Brevis and Tilak Varma turned things around with a powerful batting display.
The duo added 84 runs for the third wicket and completely put PBKS under pressure. Brevis and Tilak punished Punjab’s bowlers all around the park to keep Mumbai’s hopes alive. However, Odean Smith came to his side’s rescue, dismissing Brevis, who smashed 49 from just 25 deliveries, with the help of nine boundaries, including four sixes.
The dismissal of Brevis opened the floodgates as Mumbai lost Tilak (36) and Kieron Pollard (10) in quick successions, with both the players meeting unfortunate run-outs. Suryakuamar Yadav kept the pedal on the gas and took the game deep. Surya did well with 43 off 30, including 4 sixes, before falling in the penultimate over, thereby ending all the possible hopes of MI getting their first victory this season. MI eventually reached 186/9 to lose the game by 12 runs.
Earlier, Shikhar Dhawan and Mayank Agarwal led Punjab’s batting show which saw complete dominance over MI bowlers. Dhawan and Mayank formed an authoritative partnership of 97 runs for the opening wicket before captain Mayank was removed by Murugan Ashwin for a well-made 52 off 32 deliveries, including eight boundaries.
Dhawan kept the run flow from the other end and stayed till the 17th over to make sure Punjab reached a big total. The left-handed batter smashed 70 from 50 balls with the help of five fours and three sixes. Jitesh Sharma (30 not out) and Shahrukh Khan (15) made some quick contributions to help PBKS post 198/5 on the board in 20 overs.
Here is how Twitter reacted:
— Punjab Kings (@PunjabKingsIPL) April 13, 2022
Not @mipaltan’s day today. They’ll have to wait a bit longer. Well played @PunjabKingsIPL phatte chak te @mayankcricket @SDhawan25 @jiteshsharma_ 💥 What an amazing final over by Odean Smith🔥 #MIvPBKS #IPL2022
— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 13, 2022
Has to be said. Arshdeep Singh is among the top 3-4 death bowlers in the IPL.
— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 13, 2022
— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) April 13, 2022
Most sixes in IPL innings by a player aged 18 or less:
— Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) April 13, 2022
— CricketTimes.com (@CricketTimesHQ) April 13, 2022
Non six hitters start from number 7 for MI. That’s a bit too early. Literally that’s just 5 wickets and most probably the opposition are favourites. That’s why they have to play David or Allen.#MIvPBKS
— Gaurav Sundararaman (@gaurav_sundar) April 13, 2022
❤️🏏 VICTORY FOR PBKS! The wait continues for MI as they end another night with a loss to their name. They remain the only team to not have won a match yet!
🤔 What do you think MI needs to change in order to win?
— The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) April 13, 2022
Rohit: "I thought 190+ was chaseable on that pitch because that pitch was really good to bat on, as you saw when we were batting. We just have to go back and see what we can do as a team."#OneFamily #दिलखोलके #MumbaiIndians #MIvPBKS #TATAIPL
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 13, 2022
3 wickets from Odean Smith in the final over and Punjab win by 12 runs!
5 games, 5 losses for Mumbai#MIvsPBKS
— ThePoppingCrease (@PoppingCreaseSA) April 13, 2022