Riding on KL Rahul's unbeaten half-century, Kings XI Punjab thrashed Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in the 2019 IPL match in Mohali on Saturday (March 30). After being asked to bat, Mumbai Indians scored 176/7 courtesy Quinton de Kock's 39-ball 60. For the Kings XI, leg-spinner Murugan Ashwin, who came in for Varun Chakravarthy, took 2/25. In reply, the hosts chased down the total with eight balls to spare.
Here’s a look at the talking points of the match -
Rohit's fails to convert a good start, again
For the second successive game, Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians captain, couldn’t capitalize on a solid start. After scoring 48 against Royal Challengers Bangalore, he raced away to 32 off just 17 balls against Kings XI Punjab before losing his wicket to Hardus Viljoen.
Pandya finishes well, again
His form with the bat is a good sign, not only for Mumbai Indians but also for Team India. Hardik Pandya hit 31 off just 19 deliveries, including three fours and a six. In the previous game against Royal Challengers Bangalore, it was his unbeaten 14-ball 32 that made the difference as the three-time IPL champions sealed a thrilling six-run victory.
Kings XI Punjab were 53/1 after 7.2 overs - with Chris Gayle (40) back in the pavilion - when Agarwal joined Rahul in the middle. With Rahul struggling, Agarwal had his task cut out and he didn’t disappoint. The Karnataka batsman hit a flurry of boundaries and took the pressure off Rahul before departing for 43 off 21.
His trademark shots - the loft, drive and pull - weren’t on show but Rahul did his confidence a world of good by playing one of his most impressive knocks in recent times. The KXIP opener waded through a difficult phase but held the innings together, before shifting gears towards the end. After 14 overs, Rahul was batting on 31 off 37 before he broke the shackles with a six and a four off Hardik Pandya.
Rahul remained unbeaten on 71 off 57, studded with six fours and a maximum.
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