Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab battle | Cricket News

Indian T20 League ipl Match 24 | Mumbai Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab | Cricket News

Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab battle | Cricket News
Mumbai Indians-Kings XI Punjab battle | Cricket News

Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab battle | Cricket News

That's all from this nail-biting contest. On Thursday, Rajasthan will get ready to host Chennai at 2000 IST (1430 GMT). Do join us for all the action. Cheers! 

Man of the Match and the victorious Mumbai skipper, Kieron Pollard says this knock is right up there among the best. Dedicates his innings to his significant other who is celebrating her birthday today. States he enjoys batting at Wankhede and advanced himself up the request to target the spinners. Further adds that he wanted to try to avoid panicking. Also says the wicket was a troublesome one to bowl on and praises his bowlers for pulling things back but admits that they didn't end well. He is happy to finish on the winning side. Ends by saying, Rohit is the captain of this team, he was rested for precautionary measures and he will gladly hand back the captaincy to him once Sharma returns. 

Hardik Pandya, who is up for an interview as well, starts by crediting Pollard for the way he batted. On his own batting, Pandya mentions the situation demanded him to go from the first ball itself. Also adds that the way they recuperated in the chase from a precarious situation and conveyed the equation down to 4 runs off 4 balls, he thought that the game was in the bag. 

Ravichandran Ashwin says the injury to Ankit Rajpoot was a problem for them and getting three overs out of him in the Powerplay was a bonus. Reckons the total was just about par with the dew and adds that it's a tough ground to protect. Mentions they were great with the ball in bits and pieces but couldn't end it well. Also, says that Sam Curran was under the siphon and it is difficult bowling against Pollard and hopes that he will learn from this experience. States there are a couple of positives like Rahul's batting and their bowling initially, be that as it may, they failed to close it well. Hopes that they can get back to winning ways at home. Ends by informing that Chris Gayle has twisted his back and they will have to check his condition. 

Mumbai beat Punjab by 3 wickets

Punjab will be disappointed with the outcome. They dominated for most parts during the run chase but failed to keep the same intensity in the end overs. Mohammed Shami (4-0-21-3) was exceptional but same cannot be said for the other bowlers. When put under strain, they just went into disrepair and that cost them the game. Here is what Ravichandran Ashwin has to say... 

Earlier, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle went berserk and set the platform for a major score for Punjab. They stuttered a bit but then courtesy Rahul's century they posted 197 runs on the board. Chasing a stiff target, Mumbai continued losing wickets at regular intervals and always appeared behind the 8-ball. Kieron Pollard, however, held one end firmly and then unleashed when it mattered the most. His stands first with Hardik Pandya and then with Alzarri Joseph were crucial in this run chase. Pollard getting dismissed in the final over made things interesting but with 4 needed off 4 balls, Alzarri finished the job on the last ball along with Rahul Chahar. 

What a humdinger! Phew! A last-ball spine chiller is what we as a whole want to watch and that's what was served tonight. A chase which went poorly to the plan for Mumbai ended up being quite close all thanks to Kieron Pollard. The West Indian advanced himself up the request and played one heck of a knock to achieve this victory.