Shikhar Dhawan: “We started off quite well and thought that was a very good total but unfortunately, we could not defend it. I feel that of course Rishi bowled really well, but from the other end, we bowled outside the off stump quite a bit and we should have bowled on off in the powerplay. And then Ishan and Surya just took the game away. We should have bowled tighter lines. Because we saw the wicket and saw it’s a very good wicket, we thought a change of pace will work a lot and I feel Nathan bowled really well but other bowlers didn’t step up today. There was dew on the field and the wicket got a bit better, I felt that if one spinner gets hit then it gets hard to contain runs.”
Rohit Sharma: “When we started the T20 format, 140-150 was a winning score. But look at this one. Plus one extra batter makes a huge difference as well. Not just to us but across the IPL. I just checked and the average score for this IPL is 180. Look he has been doing that for the last couple of years. Batted brilliantly. To play behind the wicket, that’s his strength and he utilized it really well. Surya and Kishan batted brilliantly and good finish by Tim and Tilak. Before the start of the season, we spoke about how we wanted to play our cricket. With the bat, we just wanted to go out there and play fearlessly and not worry about the results.
Often you think about the results you move away from your plans. But we talked right at the start that we want to be fearless. [Kishan] is a little man but he has got a lot of power. He practices those shots that we saw today. So what matters is what he does off the field and it comes off on the field. It is something that we need to look at, certain options we need to take in the middle of the overs, how to shut off overs. It’s been three or four games where we have conceded 200 so we need to find those options in the middle.”
Ishan Kishan is the player of the match: “The wicket was too good to bat on and I kept for 20 overs so I knew how the wicket was playing. And when you are chasing you need to keep the momentum. Whenever it was in the arc I was going to go for it. I know he was swinging the ball pretty well so I thought about stepping out to him. That was the plan and the message from the coach as well. To keep the momentum going and watch the ball and play your own game.
I think it doesn’t matter when you are chasing and they have a good bowling attack. You don’t want to take it to the last over. You want to finish it off as quickly as possible so it’s easier for the newer batsmen. Fitness is very important. There are so many senior players who have set the examples for us. So we keep training hard even if it means working out during games. But also I get great food at home, so credit goes to my mom.”
Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings Highlights today, Wednesday 3-5-2023. 46th Match (N), Indian Premier League 2023, Punjab Cricket Association IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
Rohit jokingly asks Dhawan what he wants them to do. Meredith is injured, and Akash Madhwal replaces him for MI.
Dhawan says he would have bowled too and thinks the pitch might not change much. Short and Ellis come in for PBKS and replace Taide and Rabada. Okay, so the playing XI doesn’t have Ellis, which clearly means Dhawan must have gotten confused.
Toss: Mumbai chose to field.
Mumbai Indians team: 1 Rohit Sharma (capt), 2 Ishan Kishan (wk), 3 Cameron Green, 4 Tilak Varma, 5 Tim David, 6 Nehal Wadhera, 7 Piyush Chawla, 8 Jofra Archer, 9 Kumar Kartikeya, 10 Akash Madhwal, 11 Arshad Khan.
Punjab Kings team: 1 Prabhsimran Singh, 2 Shikhar Dhawan (capt), 3 Matthew Short, 4 Liam Livingstone, 5 Jitesh Sharma (wk), 6 Sam Curran, 7 M Shahrukh Khan, 8 Harpreet Brar, 9 Rishi Dhawan, 10 Rahul Chahar, 11 Arshdeep Singh.
Head to Head In T20’s: 30
Mumbai Indians Won: 15
Punjab Kings Won: 15
(last five completed Matches, most recent first)
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Match Timings: 2:00 PM GMT | 7:30 PM Local
Umpires – Jayaraman Madanagopal, Rod Tucker
TV Umpire – Akshay Totre
Match Referee – Sanjay Raul
Reserve Umpire – Mohamed Rafi
Match number – IPL 2023 – 46th Match
Pitch and weather: The first three games in Mohali this season produced first-innings totals ranging from 153 to 191 while the fourth one saw Lucknow Super Giants ransack 257 for 5, the second-highest total in IPL history. While teams batting first have won three out of four games at the PCA Stadium, the team winning the toss may prefer to chase given the threat of rain and revised targets.