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IPL 2022: Punjab Kings Condemn Mumbai Indians to Their Fifth Consecutive Defeat

Mumbai Indians slipped from a strong position to finish with 186/9 in chase of 199 as Punjab Kings won by 12 runs for their third victory of the season.

Rohit Sharma (Photo: Mumbai Indians)

Mumbai Indians are known as one of the most successful franchises in Indian Premier League history. However, they have now collapsed to a fifth consecutive defeat in a row.

Having strengthened their bowling at the cost of batting depth, Mumbai Indians twice committed the cardinal sin of T20 - losing wickets to run-outs - and ran out of hitting power in a tense chase of 199.

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma struck three fours and two sixes to kickstart the chase but he failed to convert the start. Mumbai then lost their second opener in quick succession, inside five overs of the chase.

Suryakumar Yadav came in and began finding boundaries to get Mumbai’s chase back on track. He posed a strong threat, scoring 43 before being removed in the 19th over.

Punjab Kings opened with a solid 97 in less than 10 overs.

Mumbai did a lot right in the match and two of their young batters, Dewald Brevis and Tilak Varma, gave the match its most dizzying passage of play when they put on 84 off 41 balls.

However, none of it mattered as far as the result went.

Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma:

"There's hardly anything to find out from that game. I thought we played the game pretty well, came pretty close towards the back end of our batting innings. It's just that a couple of crucial runouts there was not needed, but that happens. At one stage we were cruising through and keeping up with the run rate as well, but in the end, we couldn't hold our nerves. Credit to Kings with the way they bowled at the back end. On changing batting order] If you're not winning games, you've got to try to find a way you can succeed as a team as a batting group. So we're trying to find different ideas, different thought processes. It doesn't seem to be working at the moment but I don't want to take anything away from the guys. We fought pretty well. We batted brilliantly, but they held their nerves pretty good, the Kings, and they won the game. We've been not playing good cricket for a while and that's why we've been on the losing side, simple as that. The Kings batted pretty well upfront and put pressure on our bowlers, got a 90-100 run partnership to begin with. But I thought 190+ was chaseable on that pitch because that pitch was really good to bat on as you saw when we were batting as well. We just have to go back and see what we do as a team."

(ESPN Cric Info)


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