Top-order shines as KXIP clinch the convincing win against MI

In Match 9 of ViVo IPL 2019, KL Rahul with his controlled innings of 71* and some aggressive cameos from Chris Gayle and Mayank Agarwal helped Kings XI Punjab to register the convincing win against Mumbai Indians by eight wickets in Mohali. The win was KXIP second in three games, while MI suffered their second loss in three matches.

* As it Happened:

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and elected to field first. The Host makes the one change, while the visitors Mumbai Indians remain unchanged. As Batting first, MI lost skipper Rohit Sharma soon in the fifth over, but MI managed to score 62 runs in the power-play.

However, Quinton de Kock, who was blamed for not converting starts into big scores in the earlier two matches, scored a fluent 60 runs( six fours and two sixes) before getting dismissed by Mohammed Shami. The South African left-handed batsman was the main reason for keeping Mumbai Indians momentum going in their favour as he scored 41 runs in just 24 balls after the powerplay phase.

Kings XI Punjab came back strongly in the game there-after by taking crucial wickets in a short span of time and kept the run-rate under their control. But just as he did in MI last game, Hardik Pandya ensured that they finish on the high note and keep the momentum in their way. Hardik Pandya 19 ball 31 lifted Mumbai Indians to 176 runs in their 20 overs.

With chasing 177 runs in the second Innings, KXIP needed a great start in the powerplay. But KXIP did not manage to get the start they wanted and ended with just 38 runs in the first six overs. However, Kings XI Punjab didn’t lose any wicket in that phase which was a great positive in the run-chase. And indeed the same happened, with Gayle hitting two consecutive sixes to Hardik Pandya after the powerplay shifted the momentum to a distinct direction in their favour.

Despite Krunal Pandya dismiss the destructive Chris Gayle at 40, it was Mayank Agarwal who took the charge as an attacker. He shower a stunning innings of 43 runs of just 21 balls and made a crucial 64 runs partnership with KL Rahul. It was a mere formality thereafter as Kl Rahul get passed away from the though time and took the charge upon himself by leading Kings XI Punjab to a convincing win with eight wickets to spare.

* Best Batting Performance:

For MI: It was Quinton de Kock who with his stunning innings of 60 runs of 39 balls become the best batsmen. He scored 6 boundaries and 2 sixes in his innings.

For KXIP: Despite gayle quick 40 and Rahul brilliant 71*, it was Mayank Agarwal who make it happen for Kings XI Punjab. In the middle overs with Gayle was dismissed, KXIP needed someone to play a great knock and keep the momentum within their reach and Mayank show the same character by scoring 43 runs off 21 balls.

* Best Bowling Performance:

The Two Ash-twins ( R. Ashwin and M. Ashwin) were the best bowling performers. The leg spinner- M. Ashwin finished his spell with 2-25 in four overs, while R. Ashwin remained wicketless but conceded only 26 runs in his spell of four overs.

* The Game Changer:

The Crucial wicket of Quinton De Kock was the real game changer of the match. Mumbai Indians total which was looking to go par 200 quite easily, due to his wicket it ended up only on 177 runs.

* Man of the Match:

Mayank Agarwal.

* Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians: 176/7.

( Quinton de Kock 60, Rohit Sharma 32, Hardik Pandya 31, Murugan Ashwin 2-25)

Kings XI Punjab: 177/2 – 18.4 overs.

( KL Rahul 71*, Chris Gayle 40, Mayank Agarwal 43).

* Record Alerts:

Chris Gayle became the first batsman to hit 300 sixes in the history of ViVo IPL.