IPL 2021 - MI vs PBKS - Tiwary's 45, Pandya-Pollard partnership catapult MI to number 5

Hardik, Pollard, Tiwari lift Mumbai Indians to fifth spot, Punjab Kings slip to sixth.

Mumbai Indians 137/4 (Tiwary 45, Hardik 40*, Bishnoi 2/25) beat Punjab Kings 135/6 (Markram 42, Bumrah 2-24, Pollard 2/8) by six wickets

IPL 2021, MI vs PBKS: Mumbai Indians defeat Punjab Kings by six wickets and move to fifth position in points table.
Mumbai Indians move to fifth position in points table. (BCCI/IPL)

The match number 42 between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Punjab Kings (PBKS) was one of the crucial matches of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as the two lower-half teams in the points table with the same tally as Rajasthan Royals clashed against each other.

It was important for the defending and five-time champion Mumbai Indians to win the game as they have not won a single match in the second phase of Indian Premier League 2021.

On the other side, Punjab Kings were looking for another win in front of their name so that they can move one step towards the qualification for the play-offs of the Indian Premier League.

Mumbai Indians chose to field after winning toss

After winning the toss, Mumbai Indians started well with the ball and maintained the pressure throughout the innings. Kieron Pollard took two vital wickets of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in the same over. Kieron Pollard is the only player who has the unique double of 10,000 runs and 300 wickets in T20s. The two wickets of Rahul and Gayle put Punjab on the backfoot as they are the two most important batters for their franchise.