All rounder Hardik Pandya returned to form by scoring a breezy unbeaten 40, as Mumbai Indians defeated the Punjab Kings by six wickets in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field first. Punjab Kings openers Chris Gayle and Mandeep Singh put on 36 runs for the opening wicket before the latter was trapped leg before wicket by Krunal Pandya.
Kieron Pollard struck twice- first by dismissing Chris Gayle and then skipper Rahul to give his 300th wicket in T-20s.
Jasprit Bumrah then got into the act by dismissing Nicholas Pooran leg-before after missing a low full-toss leaving PBKS struggling at 48/4.
The pair of Aiden Markram and Deepak Hooda resurrected the innings with a valuable 61 run stand for the fifth wicket before the former missed a sweep off Rahul Chahar and was bowled for a 29 ball-42.
Bumrah claimed his second wicket of the match by dismissing Hooda in the penultimate over as Punjab Kings finished on 135/6 after 20 overs.
Chasing 136, MI got off to a bad start start by losing Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav off leg spinner Ravi Bishnoi in consecutive deliveries.
Saurabh Tiwary who came in place of Ishan Kishan looked in good touch, as he along with Quinton De Kock added 45 runs for the third wicket before the latter dragged a Mohammed Shami delivery on to his stumps.
Tiwary scored a valuable 45, before he edged a Nathan Ellis delivery behind the stumps.
Dropped on 7, Hardik Pandya capitalised on the opportunity by scoring and unbeaten 40 off 30 balls. His innings comprised off 4 fours and 2 sixes, as Mumbai overhauled the target with an over to spare.
Ravi Bishnoi ended up with figures of 2/25.
Kieron Pollard was declared the Man of the Match. With this victory MI jump into fifth position with 10 points.