IPL 2019: Match 9, KXIP vs MI – Kings XI Punjab Player Ratings
KXIP registered their second win of the season.
Published - Mar 30, 2019 8:18 pm | Updated - Mar 30, 2019 11:48 pm
It was a battle of equals when the Kings XI Punjab hosted the Mumbai Indians in the 9th match of the 2019 season. The first match of the doubleheader proved to be an exciting one in Mohali. Both teams arrived into the competition with a win and a defeat to their names. At the end of the game, it was the hosts that had the upper hand as they handed an 8-wicket defeat to the three-time champions, the Mumbai Indians.
Talking about the proceedings, KXIP won the toss and opted to bowl first. MI openers, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma, continued their good run in the season. The openers added 51 for the first wicket before Rohit perished for 32. The middle-order failed miserably for the visitors, but de Kock kept going. The southpaw top-scored in the innings with 60 to his name off just 39 deliveries. His efforts was supported by cameos from the Pandya brothers as the Mumbai Indians finished with 176/7 in their 20 overs.
In the run chase, the Kings got off to a decent start with Chris Gayle going all guns blazing. KL Rahul found it tough initially but picked up pace as the innings progressed. Mayank Agarwal and David Miller chipped in with handy contributions as well to see KXIP register their second win of the season.
Here are the KXIP Player Ratings for the match:
Chris Gayle – 8/10
The big Jamaican looked in sublime touch with the bat. While KL Rahul struggled with the bat, it was Gayle that kept the Kings in the hunt. He took a special liking to Hardik Pandya and hammered a couple of sixes in one of his overs. Gayle perished in his attempt to hit another biggie but was caught on the boundary ropes. He scored 40 off 24 deliveries with 3 fours and 4 sixes.
KL Rahul – 9/10
KL Rahul has been struggling with his form in recent times. The elegant opener looked like a shadow of what he has always been promised to be. He was sluggish and his lack of confidence was evident with the way he approached this innings. But fortunately for the Kings, he got his act together soon and ended up playing the anchor role. KL Rahul finished with an unbeaten 71 that came off just 57 balls and hit 6 boundaries and a six during his stay at the crease.
Mayank Agarwal – 8.5/10
A lot of people might miss out on noticing the key role that Mayank Agarwal played in this innings. He is perhaps the unsung hero for KXIP in the match. After Gayle’s dismissal, it was Mayank who took charge of the innings. Noticing that Rahul was struggling at the other end, Mayank accelerated with perfection to hit with a strike rate of over 200. He scored a brisk 43 off just 21 balls.
David Miller – 7/10
David Miller did not have a major role to play in the game. He arrived at the crease with about 60 runs needed to get. Miller did not get a lot of deliveries to negotiate though. At just about the right time, KL Rahul picked up pace and took the baton from Mayank. Miller was happy to play the supporting role with an unbeaten 15 runs.
Sarfaraz Khan – Not Assigned
Sarfaraz did not get an opportunity to bat in the game. Miller was promoted ahead of Sarfaraz.
Mandeep Singh – Not Assigned
Mandeep’s services with the bat were not needed in this game.
Hardus Viljoen – 7/10
The overseas import, Hardus Viljoen had a tough time with the ball. He started off well by dismissing Rohit Sharma to provide the first breakthrough to the Kings. He, however, was taken away for a lot of runs in the second spell. He finished with figures of 2/40 in his complete quota of 4 overs.
Ravichandran Ashwin – 5/10
KXIP skipper Ravichandran Ashwin decided to start the proceedings with the ball in this match. He took the new ball and bowled in the power play. He looked confident with his bowling and did not give away too many runs. While most of the bowlers struggled, Ashwin finished with figures of 0/26 in the four overs that he bowled.
Murugan Ashwin – 7/10
Murugan Ashwin got his first opportunity to play in this season. The leggie managed to impress one and all with his skills. He took two key wickets in the middle overs and accounted for the dismissals of Suryakumar Yadav and Yuvraj Singh. He finished with figures of 1/25 in four overs, which looks highly economical.
Mohammed Shami – 7/10
Mohammed Shami had a tough time bowling in the match. He was taken away for runs in the slog overs, but that is sort of expected when you know the batters would go for full monty. Shami, however, picked up the big wicket of Quinton de Kock at a key juncture in the match. He also dismissed Hardik Pandya in the final over of the game. Shami finished with 2/42 in four overs.
Andrew Tye – 6/10
Andrew Tye was another bowler who went for a lot of runs in this game. Tye, who is renowned for his economical bowling in the shortest format of the game, conceded as much as 40 runs in his spell. In the wickets column, he had the wicket of Kieron Pollard to his name.