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IPL: Hardik Pandya stars as Mumbai beat Punjab to keep up with play-off trusts

Indian Premier League, Abu Dhabi

Punjab Kings 135-6 (20 overs): Markram 42 (29), Hooda 28 (26); Pollard 2-8, Bumrah 2-24

Mumbai Indians 137-4 (19 overs): Tiwary 45 (37), Hardik 40* (30); Bishhoi 2-25

Mumbai Indians won by six wickets

Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard shared a whole 45 to help holders Mumbai Indians to triumph over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League.

Pursuing 136, Mumbai had slipped to 92-4 yet Hardik made 40 not out and Pollard an unbeaten 15 to see them home with six balls left in Abu Dhabi.

Prior, Punjab made 135-6, with Aiden Markram hitting 42 as Pollard took 2-8 and Jasprit Bumrah 2-24.

Mumbai joins fourth-set Kolkata on 10 focuses, with Punjab 6th.

The success is Mumbai’s first since the competition restarted nine days prior and leaves their playoff destiny in their mind.

Krunal Pandya took the wicket of Mandeep Singh to turn into the eighth player to score 1,000 runs and take 50 wickets in the Indian Premier League

On a lethargic pitch that was hard to play shots on, Punjab battled all through their innings and lost customary wickets.

They slipped to 48-4 in the fourth finished, with West Indies all-rounder Pollard moving to 300 wickets in Twenty20 cricket when he excused Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in about three balls in the seventh over. It made the 34-year-old the primary individual to do both that and have scored 10,000 runs in the configuration.

Markram and Deepak Hooda then, at that point, shared 61 for the 6th wicket as Punjab pursued a defendable aggregate, however, Rahul said after the game he thought 170 was required “to be cutthroat”.

The last five overs of their innings yielded just 30 runs, with precise bowling from Bumrah and Australia’s Nathan Coulter-Nile – who bowled 21 speck balls between them – permitting five-time victors Mumbai to confine their objective.

Their pursuit began ineffectively with commander Rohit Sharma, who again watched appallingly out of scratch, and Suryakumar Yadav excused in progressive balls by spinner Ravi Bishnoi.

That left the bosses 16-2 yet an association of 45 between Quinton de Kock and Saurabh Tiwary, and afterward 31 among Hardik and Tiwary gave them a stage to dominate the match.

They were still left with the possibility of requiring 44 from five overs, and 29 from three, however, the experience of Hardik and Pollard radiated through.

Hardik then, at that point, hit Shami for two additional fours in the penultimate over, before a shot down to long-on was dropped over the limit by Hooda to seal a vital triumph

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