Yadav half century helps Punjab set Mumbai 193 to win

An entertaining half century from Suryakumar Yadav helped the Mumbai Indians to a competitive 192/7 in their 20 overs against the Punjab Kings in their Tata Indian Premier League showdown at the Maharaja Yadavindra Singh International Cricket Stadium in Mullanpur on Thursday night.

Yadav, who arrived at the crease in the third over, crunched his way to 78 off 53 balls, hitting seven fours and three sixes, while Tilak Varma produced a solid 34-run cameo off 18 balls (2×4, 2×6) down the back end to get Punjab to a strong total.

Harshal Patel was the pick of the Punjab bowlers, picking up 3/31 in his four overs, while Harpreet Brar was a livewire in the field taking three catches.

Punjab won the toss and chose to bowl, as the Mumbai innings got off to a mixed start, with a few early boundaries, before Kagiso Rabada struck first ball, as Ishan Kishan (8) slapped a short and wide ball straight down Brar’s throat at deep third man, with the score 18/1 at the start of the third over.

This brought Yadav in to join Rohit Sharma, 36 off 25 (2×4, 3×6), and they set about a positive 81-run second wicket stand, as they took their side to 54/1 at the end of the powerplay and into a solid position on 86/1 at the halfway mark.

In the 11th over Yadav brought up his half century with a single off Patal, before an action packed 12th saw the back of Sharma, after he mishit a ball from Sam Curran to a diving Brar at backward point, while new man Varma brought up the teams 100 with a single off the next ball.

A few quiet overs followed, before Mumbai looked to up the rate, as three boundaries in Arshdeep Singh’s 15th over saw 15 come off it, and a four and six from Yadav, and a six from Varma in Rabada’s 16th saw 18 off it.

Curran finally made the breakthrough in the 17th, with Yadav slicing the ball to Prabhsimran Singh at backward point, as he timed his jump perfectly to send him on his way, leaving them on 148/2.

Hardik Pandya (10) hit his third ball for six, but soon fell at the end of the 18th when he pulled Patel straight to Brar at deep square leg, as they slipped to 167/4.

Tim David (14) took aim at Curran’s 19th, crashing two fours and a six as 18 came off it, but a top final over from Patel saw three wickets off it.

David was caught at long-off, Romario Shephard (1) was caught at deep backward square leg and Mohammad Nabi was run out for a duck, giving Punjab a slight boost to take into their chase.

PUNJAB KINGS: Rilee Roussow, Prabhsimran Singh, Sam Curran (capt), Liam Livingstone, Shashank Singh, Jitesh Sharma (wk), Ashutosh Sharma, Harpreet Brar, Harshal Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Arshdeep Singh

MUMBAI INDIANS: Rohit Sharma, Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma, Hardik Pandya (capt), Tim David, Romario Shepherd, Mohammad Nabi, Gerald Coetzee, Jasprit Bumrah, Shreyas Gopal

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