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Mumbai Indians. on Saturday, suffered their second defeat of the season in three games so far. The Rohit Sharma-led side lost their third game of the season by 8 wickets against Kings XI Punjab in Mohali. Asked to bat first, the three-time IPL winners scored 176 for 7 in the allotted overs.
Mumbai Indians started the chase well with skipper Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock adding 52 runs for the first wicket. Hardus Viljoen ended the stand by dismissing Rohit for 32. De Kock, however, went on to make full use of the start and scored 60 before falling to Mohammed Shami. From that point onwards, Kings XI Punjab struck on regular intervals and restricted Mumbai to 176 when at one stage it looked like the visitors would score more than 190. In fact, Mumbai would have struggled to post even 176 had Hardik Pandya not slammed 31 off 19.
In reply, the Kings XI openers – KL Rahul and Chris Gayle – made an indifferent start. While KL Rahul was struggling to get going, Chris Gayle was taking his time. As a result, the Kings XI could only score 38 in the first six overs. The two could add just 14 more runs before Gayle fell to Krunal Pandya. Mayank Agarwal then played the perfect cameo of 43 to give the chase the much-needed impetus.
It was now Rahul’s turn to deliver and he duly obliged. After a slow start that saw him score just 31 off the first 37 balls, he accelerated at the right time to take the team over the line with more than an over remaining. Rahul remained unbeaten on 71 as Mumbai suffered a crushing 8-wicket loss.
First 31 runs in 37 balls 👍
Next 40 runs in 20 balls 🙌
— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) March 30, 2019
Rohit Sharma’s day then went from bad to worse after he was fined INR 12 Lakh for slow over rate.
“As it was his team’s first offence of the season, under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, Mr. Sharma was fined Rs 12 lakh,” said an IPL media release.
The game, starting at 4 PM, did not end at the stipulated 7:30 PM.