Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings Highlights today, Tuesday 28-09-2021 – 42nd Match (N), Indian Premier League season 14th from Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi.
Rohit Sharma win the toss and will bowl first.
Rahul: “Was confused [with what to do].” Mayank out for Mandeep Singh for Kings. Mayank has been ruled out due to a stiff neck.
Rohit: “Just a team plan; nothing specific. Pretty simple actually. We have made mistakes and spoken about it.” Saurabh Tiwary in for Ishan Kishan, and Coulter-Nile for Milne.
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Rohit Sharma, 2 Quinton de Kock, 3 Suryakumar Yadav, 4 Saurabh Tiwary, 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Kieron Pollard, 7 Krunal Pandya, 8 Nathan Coulter-Nile, 9 Rahul Chahar, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Trent Boult.
Punjab Kings team: 1 KL Rahul, 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Aiden Markram, 4 Mandeep Singh 5 Nicholas Pooran, 6 Deepak Hooda, 7 Harpreet Brar, 8 Ravi Bishnoi, 9 Nathan Ellis, 10 Arshdeep Singh, 11 Mohammed Shami.
Match Timings: 14:00 GMT | 18:00 Local
Umpires – Sundaram Ravi, Virender Sharma
TV Umpires – Ulhas Gandhe
Match Referee – Narayanan Kutty
Reserve Umpire – Tapan Sharma
Match number – Indian Premier League 2021 Match No 42nd
KL Rahul, losing captain:
“Good fight from the bowlers, but we didn’t score enough. This was the best deck we have played on. We should’ve got 170. The next three games will be really interesting for us. We haven’t been able to handle the pressure over the tournament. Take it one game at a time will be the chat. We will also try to enjoy the games and not worry about the results. All the UAE games for us have gone to the wire.”
Post match presentation
Rohit Sharma, the winning captain:
As a team we didn’t play to our potential, but these things happen when you play in such a format where you’re competing really hard. It’s important to stay within the group, stick with each other. It’s a long tournament. Yes we didn’t have the run we would have liked but we have been in this situation many times so we can take confidence from that. The guys we have in the squad are ready to fight.
[On Hardik’s batting] The way he understood the situation was important from the team perspective and for himself also. It’s important he spent some time in the middle. (Dropping Ishan Kishan) was a very tough call but as a team, we felt we needed a chance somewhere. But he looks very confident when you talk to him. Saurabh (Tiwary) was batting well, he got a 50 against CSK. We wanted someone who could nudge around. I’m not ruling out anyone, we want him (Ishan) to be back in form and playing for MI.
(Pitches) Better than what we played in England! Towards the end of last year, it was pretty similar to what we are getting now. We need to change our tactics. There will be lots of change-ups from the opposition based on our batting line-up. (On Pollard) He’s one of our key players. Been a crucial part of MI for so many years. Give him the ball, give him the bat, he’s ready to do the job. Those two wickets were crucial. He’ll be happy getting the Man of the Match for his bowling performance.
Kieron Pollard is the Player of the Match:
(300th wicket gesture) Very important. Bowling’s a bit under-rated eh! I just try to do my best whenever I get the opportunity. If needed, Rohit would have thrown the ball for me another over, but sometimes you just quit when you’re ahead. (for his batting, who to target) You watch the trend of all the matches going and see who will bowl.
(On his bowling). For me to get these wickets, I’ll take them each and every time. When you’re out of form, the boundary looks like it’s 150 meters. I don’t have pace, I don’t have spin, I don’t have a swing, I don’t have a swing, but I have a little bit of brain! It was important to get the two points. Took 19 overs to get to the target but the two points were more important. Maybe it can spark something in the dressing room.