Punjab have climbed to fifth on the points table. (Photo credit: AP)
After Sam Curran led PBKS to a massive 214/8, MI took the match into the final over due to a fine counter-attack from Cameron Green and Suryakumar Yadav.
Arshdeep Singh shattered stumps at will in a tense final over as Punjab Kings were back to winning ways with a 13-run win over five-time champions Mumbai Indians in a high-scoring entertainer in Mumbai. Riding on a 29-ball 55 from skipper Sam Curran, Punjab posted a massive 214/8 in their 20 overs. In the chase, Cameron Green (67 off 43) and Suryakumar Yadav (57 off 26) built a 75-run partnership for the third wicket and propelled MI towards the win but once they departed, they were no big partnerships as the home team fell short at the end.
PBKS thus went from seventh position on the points table to fifth, with eight points from seven games and a net run rate of -0.16. All the top five teams are now tied on eight points, with Rajasthan Royals at the top on the virtue of the best NRR of 1.04. They are followed by Lucknow Super Giants at second, Chennai Super Kings at third and Gujarat Titans on fourth.
Chasing the massive target, MI lost Ishan Kishan (1 off 4) in just the second over. Skipper Rohit Sharma (44 off 27) and Green then built a 76-run partnership for the second wicket. Once the former departed halfway through the innings, Green and SKY took Mumbai closer to the target, only for the Australian all-rounder to depart in the 16th over.
Arshdeep dismissed SKY in the 18th over as MI needed 31 off the last two. Tim David (25 off 13) and Tilak Varma (3 off 4) took 15 runs off the penultimate over to bring the equation down to 16 off the last over. The Punjab lad kept his calm and bowled two brilliant deliveries to Varma and Nehal Wadhera (0) to break their middle stumps into two as Mumbai managed just two off the final over.
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