(Cricket news) Due in major part to paceman Arshdeep Singh’s outstanding performance in the last over, where he let up only two runs and also bagged a few wickets, MI were held to 201/6 at the end of their 20 overs despite needing to chase down a challenging 215 for win. With statistics of 4-0-29-4, Arshdeep was the PBKS bowler who returned with the greatest performance.
PBKS now have eight points from seven games and lie fifth in the points table, while MI are in seventh place with six points after three wins and an equal number of defeats.
Parthiv Patel, a JioCinema TATA IPL expert, expressed his overwhelming satisfaction with Arshdeep’s performance by saying, “Executing at the end is very important. He started off well, picking up Ishan Kishan’s wicket early off a catch. The game changed when he got Suryakumar Yadav out. He wasn’t just bowling at the wickets, he was breaking them. His yorkers were plentiful and they were also accurate. We saw two stumps break and all the spare stumps at the Wankhede were brought to the game. Arshdeep won them the match because they were giving away a lot of runs at that time. So, to bowl under pressure and see the yorkers we saw, he’s backing his skills and doing it really well.”
Anil Kumble, a TATA IPL specialist and additional JioCinema expert, spoke about the captivating 20th over. “He’s done that for Punjab before. He’s taken that role over the last few years, he was incredible in terms of coming in and bowling the tough overs. Today, it was tougher because they had to defend 15 runs and Tim David, who’s known to hit massive sixes, was on strike. But good for him and Punjab that he could have Tim David on the non-striker’s end for most of those balls. A fantastic effort to finish things off. It’s not easy to consistently nail those yorkers and Tilak Varma is in the form of his life. To get him out, I know he was batting on just his fourth or fifth ball, but with a yorker, getting him out was fantastic.”
Sam Curran received appreciation from Kumble for his outstanding 55 during Punjab Kings’ innings.“In those last five overs is where I think Mumbai lost the game. Today, they gave away 96 and it’s thanks to Sam Curran, who certainly took the game away from Mumbai and that was the difference, those 15 runs at the end was the difference.”