The slow starter Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 25 runs to bag their third victory in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Monday.
Punjab are in doldrums. Another beating and making it to the eliminator, let alone the qualifier, looks tough. Mumbai have had a fluctuating season. Another win for them and they now go back home to face KKR’s spin. That will be interesting, given that Mumbai is a graveyard for many a tweakers.
Despite the dullness of the opposition, who registered their fifth loss in six games, Mumbai have a lot of positives to take away, be it the batting line-up stepping up after a rare failure from captain Rohit Sharma, or the death bowling that managed to get break a dangerous partnership and strangulate the opposition to a painful end.
Given the current form that he is, it is likely that he will get runs on various surfaces in the tournament and against all kinds of bowling attacks — whether spin-heavy Kolkata, pace-dominated Hyderabad or the evenly balanced Delhi. And though his performances for Mumbai may not necessarily guarantee him a place in the national team, as has been the case for so long, he can be counted on to continue getting the runs for Ponting and Co. For the team’s sake, however, it would be ideal if all sections of the batting order click together more often and give their ever-improving bowling attack something solid to defend.