In the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, defending champions Mumbai Indians, returning on the winning track, defeated Punjab Kings by 6 wickets in the 42nd match on Tuesday. In this match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Mumbai won the toss and bowled first, restricting Punjab to 135 for 6 and then winning the match in 19 overs losing four wickets. For Mumbai, Saurabh Tiwary scored 45 runs in 37 balls with the help of three fours and two sixes. Apart from him, Quinton de Kock scored 27 runs. Despite this impressive win, skipper Rohit Sharma expressed his disappointment over the team’s performance in the tournament.
Rohit said after the match, ‘Yes, it is true that we did not play to our capacity in this tournament. And it is a matter of little concern for us. But the good thing is that we are holding on to victory. It is a long tournament and as a team we have to stay here. Defending his decision to drop Ishan Kishan from the playing XI, the captain said, “It was not an easy decision to drop Ishan but we felt that there was a need to make some changes in the team and then it happened.” He is a great youngster and the doors have never been closed for him. Saurabh Tiwary had also scored a half-century against Chennai and even today he played a smart innings in the middle overs. Hardik spent time in the middle of the pitch, which is a good sign for the future.
With this win, Mumbai’s team has 10 points from 11 matches and has reached number five in the table. This is Mumbai’s fifth win. Kolkata also has 10 points, but due to better net run rate, Kolkata’s team is ahead of Mumbai at number four. At the same time, Punjab has got the seventh defeat in 11 matches. The team is at number six with eight points. Chennai Super Kings are currently on top with 16 points. Delhi Capitals is also second with 16 points.