Pandya stole the show in Mumbai's 13-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday with an unbeaten 35 off 20 balls and then dented the opposition's seemingly comfortable chase with figures of two for 19. On Sunday, they did, against Kolkata Knight Riders.
It was Punjab's sixth win in nine games and they went past Kolkata, who earlier in the day lost to Mumbai. It wasn't to be enough for KKR as Hardik kept their captain Dinesh Karthik pinned with cutters and suffocating lines in the 18th, which went for only six runs.
Although the position of both the teams remains same after the end of this match, with KKR and MI remaining at 4 and 5 number, MI's hope of making it to qualifiers is inching closer.
Sent in, Mumbai piled up 181 for four off their 20 overs with Suryakumar Yadav hitting a top score of 59 from 39 balls, as he added 91 off 56 balls for the first wicket with Lewis who made 43.
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The left-handed Windies opener counted five fours and a pair of sixes before he was deceived by a slower ball from West Indies teammate, Andre Russell, and sliced one to short third man in the 10th over.
On a night that belonged to two batsmen who had donned the opposition jersey earlier in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians emerged victor to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. An innings of 35 runs off 12 balls from the bat of Hardik Pandya helped MI post 181/4 on the board. In addition, Evin Lewis scored 43 runs. They hammered spinners Pandya and Mayank Markande as the two amassed 30 runs in just two overs. "With 14 wickets, Hardik Pandya is the Purple Cap holder now". They are however given a scare for a good 10 overs with Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana forging a fine partnership.
The likes of Cheteshwar Pujara, Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin along with other Test regulars will be part of the team for Afghanistan's first-ever Test match.
However, Jasprit Bumrah and Krunal Pandya, who bowled the last over, fared much better than the Sri Lankan bowlers at the Khettarama to ensure Mumbai Indians registered its second home victory of the season.
But Markande broke through in the 13th over when Uthappa holed out in the deep to Cutting and Hardik dismissed Rana in the next over to reduce Kolkata to 115-4.