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IPL 2019: KL Rahul shines as Punjab beat Mumbai by eight wickets

Punjab's KL Rahul during the ninth IPL 2019 match between Punjab and Mumbai. Photograph:( IANS )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Mar 30, 2019, 07.54 PM (IST)

Punjab's opener KL Rahul stood out with his unbeaten 71-run knock his side registered a comfortable eight-wicket victory Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai on Saturday at the IS Bindra Stadium. 

Rahul found a determined ally in his co-opener Chris Gayle to give a stable start to his team. This was Punjab's second win in three games while Mumbai lost their second game. 

Gayle, who scored 40 off 24 balls, became the first batsman in Indian Premier League history to hit more breach 300 sixes mark. 

Gayle batted in a manner only he can as he cleared his front leg and hit those towering sixes but in the but in eighth over, he lost his wicket to Krunal Pandya. 

Mayank Agarwal (43) and David Miller (15) also contributed with their bats when required. 

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In the first innings, Mumbai managed 176 for 7 after being put into bat.

Quinton de Kock with a 39-ball-60 created a platform which the middle-order, unfortunately, didn't make full use of before Hardik smashed 31 off 19 balls to enable Mumbai to get past the 175-run mark. 

For the home team, it was the lesser-known Ashwin -- Murugan, who emerged as the most successful bowler with figures of 2 for 25 from his four overs.

Skipper Ravichandran Ashwin didn't get any wickets but gave away only 26 runs in his four overs. 

The pace troika of Shami (2/40 in 4 overs), Andrew Tye (1/40 in 4 overs) and Hardus Viljoen (2/40 in 4 overs) were among wickets but bowled a lot of loose deliveries, giving away 13 fours and three sixes.