Searching for their first win of the season, Mumbai Indians took the field against Punjab Kings. Rohit Sharma looked in good touch against the Kings as the opener scooped Vaibhav Arora for a beautiful six in the very first over.
Earlier, Sharma invited the Mayank Agarwal-led side to bat first after winning the toss. However, things didn’t go as per plan for the five-time champions as Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan added 97 runs for the first wicket inside 10 overs.
Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma kept rotating his bowlers to put a brake on Punjab’s momentum during the middle overs. Nevertheless, Punjab Kings kept going for the usual business as per their reputation and posted a considerable total of 198/5 in 20 overs.
The onus fell on Rohit Sharma and Ishan Kishan to provide a solid start in the vital chase to register the first win of the season. The skipper looked positive from the start as he ramped Vaibhav Sharma for a six over the fine leg on the final delivery of the first over.
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Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma failed to win once again
The Hitman tried to approach the chase positively and looked wonderful during his brief stay at the crease. However, Punjab Kings removed Rohit and Ishan inside four deliveries to break the backbone of Mumbai Indians’ batting.
The youngsters Dewald Brevis and Tilak Verma stitched a crucial partnership of 84 runs in the middle to take Mumbai Indians closer to the target. Suryakumar Yadav also tried his best to take his side home with useful 43 runs off 30 deliveries.
However, Mumbai Indians kept losing wickets at regular intervals to stay behind in the game. The five-time champions required 22 runs to win in the last over with Jaydev Unadkat and Murugan Ashwin present in the middle. Unadkat tried to make the game thrilling by scoring eight runs off the first two deliveries but Odean Smith clinched three wickets in the remaining four deliveries to secure a 12-runs win for Punjab Kings.
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians now will have to pull off a miracle to qualify for the playoffs.