Punjab Kings have been inconsistent as a batting unit in IPL 2023. With Shikhar Dhawan injured, Sam Curran captained in this match too. Punjab Kings scored 214/8 in 20 overs and they won against MI by 13 runs. Both the teams did not give up at any moment. Punjab Kings scored 96 runs in the final 5 overs to push their score over 200.
Prabhsimran Singh(26) and Atharva Taide(29) scored a good partnership of 47 runs. Punjab Kings found great mid-innings acceleration with Sam Curran and Harpreet Singh. They both have put on a partnership of 92 runs in 8 overs. Sam Curran scored 55 runs off 29 balls. Harpreet Singh scored 41 runs off 28 balls. Jitesh Sharma took Punjab Kings total beyond 210 with his 25 runs off 7 balls. Arjun Tendulkar bowled a great yorker and gave away 31 runs in his last over.
MI started their chase with Rohit Sharma(44) going berserk. Cameron Green scored 67 runs off 43 balls. Suryakumar Yadav scored 57 runs off 26 balls and came good. Punjab Kings did not find bowlers to stop them. Tim David scored 25 runs off 13 balls but failed to finish the innings. Arshdeep Singh took 4 wickets for 29 runs and his last overs made all the difference for Punjab Kings. He got the Player of the Match award for his performance. MI scored 201/6 in 20 overs.
Arshdeep Singh broke middle stump twice in the last over twice. RR, LSG, CSK, GT and Punjab Kings are on 8 points. RCB and MI are on 6 points. KKR and SRH are on 4 points. DC are on 2 points. Punjab Kings with their win against MI have strongly made their case for qualifying to qualifiers. With almost half of the tournament is done, Punjab Kings still have enough chances to qualify.
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