Punjab Kings (PBKS) came out victorious against five-time champions Mumbai Indians (MI) to win the match by 12 runs at Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday, April 13.
Skipper Rohit Sharma of the Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to field against the Punjab Kings. Kings’ openers Mayank Agarwal (52 of 32) and Shikhar Dhawan (70 of 50) got off to a great start to give PBKS a solid platform, sent to hit first.
Off to a flying start, the duo scored 65 runs in the power play and put 97 on the scoreboard before skipper Agarwal fell after a well-made half-century. Agarwal scored his 12th IPL fifty before Murugan Ashwin sent him back in the 10th over. This was Agarwal’s first fifty as captain this season after a few failures.
The winning captain and player of the match, Agarwal, was delighted to contribute to the team’s victory and said the Kings wanted to play an attacking type of cricket. Agarwal said the team was much more aware and cautious this time around, trying not to give wickets to the opposition’s main bowlers.
‘Aggressive, hard cricket’
“It was a good evening, very happy to contribute to the team’s victory. The most important thing for us was the two points. There were a lot of crucial moments and more often than not, we were nailing and winning those moments said Agarwal. during the post-match presentation ceremony.
“When the game was 50-50 we won those moments and it came to us. It wasn’t just batting, it was periods in the game. That’s the kind of cricket we want to play, we want to play aggressive, hard cricket We had to show a good mentality with that. We were also a lot smarter,” he added.
PBKS has scored more than 180 runs in four of its five games this season. Punjab had lost their last game to the Gujarat Titans by six wickets at Brabourne Stadium.
Opening up about the positives of the win and highlighting the strategy, he added: “In the last game against Gujarat we gave Rashid wickets when it wasn’t necessary. This time we were much more aware, we were much more careful and made sure we didn’t try to give wickets to their key bowlers. We talked in the team about: if it’s your day, you have to help the team through it.”
Agarwal stated: “When Tilak and Brevis went, we had to change our strategy, get in the main bowlers and try to get a wicket.” The captain felt that the team is doing a good job and that an improvement of 5 to 10% per game can work wonders.
Aside from Shikhar and Mayank’s brilliant percussion, Jitesh Sharma (30 out of 15) and Shahrukh Khan (15 out of 6) played brief cameos and helped Punjab get close to the 200 run.
Mumbai Indians, meanwhile, have recorded their fifth loss at the trot. MI was asked to chase a target of 199, but Punjab Kings gave them a big shock when Kagiso Rabada sacked Rohit Sharma early (28) and Vaibhav Arora lost Ishan Kishan on 3.
Dewald Brevis, popularly known as Baby AB, hit 49 runs and hit back-to-back sixes, but he was fired by Odean Smith. After that, Tilak Verma became exhausted, causing the team to rattle further.
The Rohit Sharma-led team suffered a huge setback on Wednesday and hopes to come back better prepared on April 16 in their next game with Lucknow Super Giants.