Mumbai Indians (MI) lastly broke their three-match shedding streak following their six-wicket win over Punjab Kings (PBKS) in IPL 2021 on Tuesday.
Dropping Ishan Kishan for Saurabh Tiwary (45 off 27) and altering up Krunal Pandya’s (1/24) position by opening the bowling with him labored wonders for the two-time defending champions. It solved each their points – strengthening the center order and the contribution from the spinning all-rounder. Add to it the sincillating return to type (solely in batting, for now) for Hardik Pandya (40* off 30), who completed the 136-run chase with a six, and MI seemed as secure as ever.
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Then again, nothing went the way in which of KL Rahul’s PBKS, aside from the ever-impressive Ravi Bishnoi’s efficiency (2/25). Their batsmen have some soul-searching to do and PBKS will hope that it isn’t too late for that already.
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What it means for MI?
MI have jumped two spots within the factors desk to now sit simply behind the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in fifth place. They’re tied with KKR with 5 wins from 11 video games and are in express competitors with the two-time champions for fourth spot. Contemplating that they will not play in opposition to one another in the remainder of the league stage, each of them can attain 16 factors which is able to carry the struggle all the way down to the web run fee (NRR).
MI have improved on that aspect barely (-0.551 to -0.453) after Tuesday’s win however are nonetheless manner behind KKR’s +0.363. MI additionally nonetheless should face the event’s second finest group – Delhi Capitals (DC) on Saturday – whom KKR defeated earlier within the day. Rohit Sharma and co. could not be in a greater place when it comes to confidence and can fancy their possibilities of successful all three of their remaining video games.
What it means for PBKS?
PBKS aren’t out of competition for fourth spot but, however they’ve been handed a large blow by MI. They’ve now slipped a spot to rank sixth and have 4 wins from 11 video games beside their identify within the factors desk. Which means the utmost they will obtain from right here is 14 factors.
To qualify, they will should first win all their matches after which hope that neither MI, KKR nor Rajasthan Royals (RR) attain 16 factors. PBKS would additionally must maintain their NRR in verify which is presently superior to MI and RR however must be in even higher form in the event that they should tip over KKR.
PBKS will now play KKR, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Tremendous Kings (CSK) of their quest to clinch that maiden IPL title.
Affect on different groups within the Factors Desk
The impression of the sport is restricted to the 4 mid-table groups – MI, PBKS, KKR and Rajasthan Royals (RR) – who’re all combating for a similar spot.
RR additionally misplaced one place within the factors desk on account of MI’s rise and are actually stationed at seventh, however their fortunes are nonetheless of their management. The Sanju Samson-led group will play in opposition to RCB on Wednesday, the place a win will carry them on par with KKR and MI and a loss will put them in the identical place as PBKS.