MI put on a clinical show with both bat and the ball as they defeated PBKS by six wickets at the Zayed Cricket Stadium in Abu Dhabi. MI chased the target of 136 in 19 overs for the loss of just four wickets.
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Hardik scored a match-winning 40 not out to win the game for his side.
“To be honest, I will give credit to Mohammed Shami as well because the ball I got hit, I told Pollard that this woke (me) up and this changed things for me. Before that, I was finding it difficult. Over the period of time, I have realised (that) when I make sure that every game, every opportunity is a new opportunity, you can be a hero and can make your team (win),” Hardik told teammate Nathan Coulter-Nile in a video posted on iplt20.com
“I forget what has happened in the past and I make sure to give my 100 per cent,” he added.
Besides Hardik, Saurabh Tiwary and Kieron Pollard also played important innings of 45 and 15* respectively for the Mumbai Indians. Pollard also took two wickets for the defending champions as they restricted PBKS to 135.
MI will next square off against Delhi Capitals on Saturday.