Mumbai Indians failed to win their encounter against Punjab Kings on Saturday but Tim David surprised everyone when he hit PBKS pacer Nathan Ellis for a 114-metre six. It was the second-highest six ever in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023, topped by Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis, who hit a 115-meter six. In the final over of the match, Ellis pitched the ball to David and the Australian all-rounder was ready to swing the ball with all his might. The contact was as good as he had expected and the ball flew into the top tier of the Wankhede Stadium. MI owner Nita Ambani was completely stunned by the big six and her reaction went viral on social media. Ambani’s mouth fell open in astonishment and even the MI support staff could not believe the distance David hit the six.
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Arshdeep’s fearless final over gives Punjab Kings a 13-run win against Mumbai Indians.
Punjab Kings registered their fourth win of IPL 2023 as they defeated Mumbai Indians in Match 31 played at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing 215, Mumbai Indians suffered an early blow as Arshdeep Singh got Ishan Kishan caught by Matthew Short in the second over.
Rohit Sharma and Cameron Green then stitched together a beautiful partnership to counter-attack and hit three sixes and four fours to take the score to 54/1 at the end of the powerplay.
After a few overs of calm, Rohit dived straight down the ground for a six off Chahar, setting off a flurry of runs in the following overs.
The 44-run stand was finally broken by Liam Livingstone as he had Rohit Sharma caught and bowled as MI reached 88/2 at the halfway mark.
Suryakumar Yadav got into the groove very early as he hit fours all over the ground. He hit Livingstone for three consecutive fours before hitting Chahar for a four and then Ellis and Curran for a six each. Green then went on the attack, hitting Chahar for a six and a four as MI scored 54 runs in the 12-15 overs phase.
Green went after Ellis, hitting him for a huge six of 108 meters and four wide of long-off, but the Australian pacer made a quick comeback to dismiss Green for 67 (43).
Suryakumar then brought up his fifty in just 23 balls off Curran as MI scored 14 runs in the 17th over.
With 40 needed off the last three overs, Tim David hit Arshdeep for a six but the PBKS pacer took the big wicket of Suryakumar Yadav (57 off 26) at mid-wicket. Arshdeep made a good comeback in the over and conceded just 9 runs. With 31 runs needed in 2 overs, David hit Ellis for a 114-meter six.
With 16 needed off the last over, Arship conceded just one run from the first two balls. He then went on a stump-breaking streak, cleaning up Tilak Verma and impact player Nehal Wadhera off consecutive deliveries, breaking the middle stump on cracking yorkers. He could not take his hat-trick but conceded just one run from the next two as PBKS won the match by 13 runs.