Ishan-Suryakumar Deny Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma's Fireworks at Mohali
Surya and Ishan's partnership stole the game at Mohali (Twitter)
Mumbai Indians - 216/4 in 18.5 overs [Ishan Kishan - 75 (41), Suryakumar Yadav - 66 (31); Nathan Ellis - 2/34 (4), Rishi Dhawan 1/20 (3)] beat Punjab Kings [Liam Livingstone - 82* (42), Jitesh Sharma - 49* (27); Piyush Chawla - 2/29 (4), Arshad Khan - 1/48 (4)] by six wickets.
In what ended as a run-fest at Mohali, Mumbai Indians had their revenge over Punjab Kings at Mohali, courtesy of Suryakumar Kumar and Ishan Kishan, which resulted in Liam Livingstone and Jitesh Sharma's century stand in vain, winning a nail-biter by six wickets.
Ishan-SKY outsmarted Punjab
While chasing a mammoth chase of 215 runs, the Indians lost on their Rohit Sharma, but only to bring Cameron Green to assist Ishan Kishan in the middle. The duo started rebuilding despite struggling for timing in most of the powerplay. However, as the powerplay was coming to end of its end, the dual started hitting Punjab bowlers in all corners of the park.
But, Green could spread his flora for a brief period before Nathan Ellis ended his 18-ball stay 23. MI's Impact Player Suryakumar Yadav came in at number 4 as a blessing in disguise for the five-time champions, as his partnership with the southpaw opener changed Mumbai's fortune in Mohali.
Both Surya and Kishan started playing on their strengths. The opener - in his 75-run knock - muscled the faster bowlers in the leg side of the park, whereas SKY used his 360-degree play to counter the slower bowlers, smashing a 31-ball 66.
However, just like Wankhede, PBKS' left-arm seamer Arshdeep Singh brought a twist to the tale by removing Kishan, while Ellis got the better of the Impact Player. But this time, MI finishers didn't let themselves down.
David & Varma finished off the game 7 balls early (AP Photo)
Tilak Varma took Arshdeep to the cleaners, slamming him for two maximums and a boundary in his third over. Tim David, from the other end, was equally brilliant. In the end, Mumbai finished off the game with seven deliveries remaining.
Livingstone-Jitesh Sharma's Fireworks go in vain
Livingstone, Jitesh Sharma shared 119*-run stand vs MI (iplt20.com)
Earlier in the day, Punjab started off a tad slowly. Opener Prabhsimran Singh departed early, but Shikhar Dhawan and Matt Short added some runs for the second wicket before Piyush Chawla saw both batters' back.
However, all the excellent work, the Mumbai bowlers did until then was thrown out of the window as soon as England's hard-hitting Liam Livingstone and India's upcoming Jitesh Sharma united in the middle.
Livingstone got to his first fifty of the season in 32 balls, ending the night with a 42-ball 82*, while Jitesh missed out on his fifty by just one run, but it was more complex than writing that sentence.
The MI bowlers - who bowled exceeding well before the Livingstone-Sharma show began - were left with their hands on the head as the dual started the day at the office.
They ended the innings with an unbeaten 119-run stand, but all of it for nothing, as Mumbai easily got home in the end.