IPL 2023: Shikhar Dhawan returns as PBKS win toss, opt to bowl first against LSG
Shikhar Dhawan has returned as captain for PBKS after missing a few matches due to his shoulder injury. While PBKS have made two changes with Sikandar Raza coming in for Mathew Short and Gurnoor Brar making his debut, LSG are unchanged. Speaking about his shoulder injury, PBKS skipper Dhawan said, "Shoulder is much better - pain free now".
IPL 2023: Punjab Kings look strong because of players like Sam Curran, says Harbhajan Singh
While they will be sweating over the fitness of their skipper Shikhar Dhawan, who is nursing a shoulder injury, former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh thinks Punjab still look strong due to the all-round depth in their squad, led by stand-in skipper Sam Curran.
IPL 2023: Let the match slip towards the end of our bowling, admits MI head coach Boucher
Though Mumbai had fifties from Cameron Green and Suryakumar Yadav apart from a fine 44 by captain Rohit Sharma, they fell short by 13 runs as Punjab took their points in the ten-team table to eight. "We were in control until the 15th over and then they got 96 runs in the last five (overs). That is some hitting. We got it wrong, and it is frustrating because we dominated and when we did lose, we lost it incredibly big.
IPL 2023: I think credit should go to pacers, says Sam Curran after PBKS beat MI in high-scorer
Curran helped Punjab Kings come back from 83/4 at the halfway stage, struck a brilliant half-century (55 off 29 balls) and with Harpreet Singh Bhatia (41 off 28) and Jitesh Sharma (25 off 7) contributing handsomely, Punjab Kings scored 109 runs in the last six overs to reach a massive score of 214/8 in 20 overs.
IPL 2023: Arshdeep's four-fer outshines Green, Suryakumar fifties; helps PBKS beat MI by 13 runs
After their bowling unit conceded 109 runs in the last six overs to allow Punjab Kings to post 214/8 after being asked to bat first by Rohit Sharma, Green blasted 67 off 43 deliveries and Suryakumar Yadav hammered 57 off 26 balls as Mumbai Indians could only manage to score 201/6 in 20 overs as they fell short despite a brave chase. Skipper Rohit Sharma smacked a 27-ball 44 but in the end, that effort went in vain.
IPL 2023: Curran, Harpreet, Jitesh knocks propel Punjab Kings to 214/8 against Mumbai Indians
Curran smashed 55 off 29 deliveries and Harpreet Sigh hammered 41 off 28 deliveries to set a platform and Jitesh sharma capitalised on it by smacking four sixes for a 7-ball 25 as PBKS clubbed 95 runs in the last five overs to set up a mammoth total. The highlight of this phase of the game was a 31-run over by Arjun Tendulkar that brought Punjab Kings back into the game.
IPL 2023: Jofra Archer returns as Mumbai Indians win toss, opt to field against Punjab Kings
"We are going to have a bowl first. Really nice to have some wins under the belt, winning is always nice and the atmosphere is good but the job is not done. Quite surprisingly nice and pleasant. Looking forward to this game. We have had some injuries but Jofra is back and that is the only change. Wankhede is a good pitch to bat on and it gets better as the game goes on, hopefully we restrict them and chase it down later," said Rohit at the toss.
Sachin euphoria to descend on Wankhede as MI celebrates Master Blaster's special 50th
When Mumbai Indians take on Punjab Kings at the Wankhede Stadium on Saturday, fans at the stadium as well as those watching on TV and digital will be treated to celebrations by everyone present at the stadium, which will mark a special 50 for India's most admired and loved cricketer across the world.
IPL 2023: Du Plessis, Siraj star in RCB's 24-run win over Punjab Kings
But Bangalore had the advantage of having the powerplay in their favour in both innings -- 59/0 with the bat and reducing Punjab to 43/4. Siraj was well-supported by Wanindu Hasaranga, Wayne Parnell and Harshal Patel chipping in with wickets. With some superb fielding coming into play, Bangalore managed to bowl out Punjab for 150 in 18.2 overs.
IPL 2023: Punjab Kings make strong comeback to keep RCB to 174/4 despite Du Plessis' 84
Kohli, on the other hand, made a 47-ball 59, but suffered a slowdown in the middle overs. It resulted in Bangalore losing wickets in a cluster and didn't get the desired finishing kick as they lost all four wickets in the death overs, with Punjab bowlers using cutters well and not bowling much fuller deliveries to keep Bangalore below 180.