Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) registered their second win over Mumbai Indians (MI) by 8 wickets on March 30 at Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali. 


KXIP won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, MI got off to a flying start as their openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock added more than 50 runs in the powerplay. However, sudden middle-order collapse and Hardik Pandya’s quickfire 31 off 19 gave them a decent total of 176 on board.

Chasing the target, Punjab too started well. Lokesh Rahul’s unbeaten 71, Chris Gayle’s 24-ball 40 and Mayank Agarwal’s 43 off 21 made the stage of Punjab’s win over Mumbai with 8 balls to spare.

Here are the three talking points:

Mumbai Indians’ middle-order collapsed

Put into bat, Mumbai Indians openers Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock started timing the ball really well. Because of their big hitting, Mumbai reached the 50-run mark within 5 overs. However, they couldn’t keep that form for a long time as Viljoen trapped Rohit Sharma in front of the stump and he dismissed for 32 off 18, including five boundaries.

Suryakumar Yadav was the next to follow his captain in the dugout. While on the other hand, Quinton de Kock held the innings, tried rotating strike whenever required and hit some big shots as well. However, he completed his 1000 IPL runs in the eighth over. 

de Kock completed his half-century in the 12th over, added 50 runs with Yuvraj Singh and fell for 60 off 39, including six boundaries and two maximums. His dismissal showed another collapse in the middle order as Yuvraj Singh was next to follow for a 22-ball 18.

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In the 18th over, Andrew Tye dismissed Pollard; who has not been a good form currently; with a brilliant and well-judged catch by Mayank Agarwal at long-off. The next was Krunal Pandya, who fell for mere 10. Middle-order once again failed to convert the great start provided by the openers into a big one.

However, it’s only Hardik Pandya who held the innings from one side, played another crucial knock of 31 off 19 and helped Mumbai to put up a decent competitive total of 176/7 after 20 overs.

Chris Gayle smashed 300 IPL sixes

Chasing 177 to win against Mumbai Indians, Chris Gayle hit Mitchel McClenaghan for back to back sixes in the third over. He also smashed Hardik Pandya for consecutive sixes in the seventh over before getting dismissed for 40 off 24 deliveries to Krunal Pandya. With these consecutive sixes, Gayle achieved an absolutely astonishing milestone as he hit 300 maximums in the history of IPL; while no other batsmen are even closer to him as they couldn’t even reach the 200-run mark yet.

The other batsmen in the list are AB de Villiers with 192 sixes, Mahendra Singh Dhoni with 187 sixes, Suresh Raina with 186 sixes and Rohit Sharma with 185 sixes. However, Gayle became the quickest player to score 4000 IPL runs in 113 matches. Earlier, it was David Warner, who took 114 matches. Gayle broke Warner’s record and became the fastest and second overseas player after Warner to join the 4000-club.

KL Rahul played the anchor’s role

Punjab opener KL Rahul opened the run-chase with the dangerous man Chris Gayle. Gayle, who is known for his dangerous batting, started hitting big shots from the beginning while Rahul took some time to settle down. He allowed Gayle to play freely while holding the run chase from the other end and made a crucial 53-run partnership before Gayle fell for 40 off 24. 

After Gayle’s dismissal, Mayank Agarwal came into bat. He also took on the bowlers from the beginning and once again Rahul played the anchor’s role but upped the ante when it was needed. However, Agarwal’s dismissal came in the 14th over and after that, Rahul started accelerating the run chase. He hit boundaries off every bowler with ease, scored an unbeaten 71 off 57 and sealed the chase with 1.2 overs to spare.

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