IPL 2019
IPL 2019: Match 9 (KXIP vs MI): Punjab Registers A Easy Win Over Mumbai
By CricShots - Mar 30, 2019 8:53 pm
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Murugan Ashwin, KL Rahul,  and Mayank Agarwal took Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) to a comfortable win against Mumbai Indians (MI) as they defeated the visitors by eight wickets at the Punjab Cricket Association’s IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on Saturday and registered their second win of IPL 2019.

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Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul

Chasing 177,  Punjab had a slow start with Jasprit Bumrah keeping things tight. While Chris Gayle attacked the other bowlers, Punjab could only score 38 runs in the powerplay. While Gayle smashed two sixes in the seventh over. Krunal Pandya dismissed Gayle in the eighth over to give Mumbai their first breakthrough. 

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Agarwal’s knock

While Mumbai would have hoped they could contain Punjab, after Gayle’s departure and Rahul struggling to up the ante. Agarwal spoilt those plans as he scored a quickfire 43 off 21 balls, hitting 4 fours and 2 sixes. While he failed to score a fifty, his knock took the pressure off Rahul and helped Punjab to keep the scoreboard ticking.

Mayank’s dismissal brought David Miller to the crease. However, Rahul started to unleash himself after Agarwal’s dismissal, as he upped the scoring rate before David Miller hit the winning runs to seal Punjab’s second win of the season with 8 balls to spare.

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M Ashwin

R Ashwin’s decision to pick Murugan Ashwin paid rich dividends as he scalped two wickets, conceding just 25 runs in his four overs in the first innings. Earlier in the game, Rohit Sharma attacked the Punjab bowlers as Mumbai reached fifty in five over, with him scoring 32 of those runs. After his dismissal, Suryakumar Yadav was the next man to get out to Murugan Ashwin, who replaced Varun Chakravarthy, to give Punjab their second wicket.

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Quinton de Kock, who brought up his 1000 runs in IPL, meanwhile kept the scoreboard ticking as the South African wicketkeeper-batsman scored 60 off 39 balls and was involved in a 58-run stand with Yuvraj Singh. However, both of them got dismissed in quick succession as Mohammed Shami dismissed de Kock and M Ashwin got Yuvraj out for 18. The duo of Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya failed to score big.

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Quinton de Kock

However, Hardik Pandya scored a quickfire 31 off 19 balls, hitting 3 fours and a six to take Mumbai to 176/8.

Brief scores:

Kings XI Punjab – 177/2 (KL Rahul 71*, Mayank Agarwal 45; Krunal Pandya 2/43) defeated Mumbai Indians – 176/7 (Quinton de Kock 60, Rohit Sharma 32; Murugan Ashwin 2/25) by eight wickets

 

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