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IPL 2021: Mumbai Indians end win drought against Punjab Kings

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Hardik Pandya of Mumbai Indians and Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians after match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL
Hardik Pandya of Mumbai Indians and Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians after match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL

Hardik Pandya smashed two fours and a six in the penultimate over bowled by Punjab Kings' Mohammed Shami as his 40 not out off 30 balls saw Mumbai Indians snap a three-match losing streak successfully chasing down a target of 136 in 19 overs. He was ably supported by Kieron Pollard at the end who remained 15 not out for MI's six wicket win in Abu Dhabi. Image: Sportzpics

Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians successfully appeals for wicket of Mandeep Singh of Punjab Kings during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Faheem Hussain / Sportzpics for IPL
Krunal Pandya of Mumbai Indians successfully appeals for wicket of Mandeep Singh of Punjab Kings during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Faheem Hussain / Sportzpics for IPL

Rohit Sharma won the toss and put Punjab Kings in to bat. KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh put together 36 runs before Krunal Pandya struck to break the stand. This was Krunal Pandya's 50th IPL wicket for Mumbai Indians to go with his 1000 runs for the team. Image: Sportzpics

Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of KL Rahul captain of Punjab Kings during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL
Kieron Pollard of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of KL Rahul captain of Punjab Kings during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL

Kieron Pollard was adjudged Man of the Match with a match-changing 2 wickets in a single over. The second, to get rid of KL Rahul, was his 300th in T20 cricket. He thus became the 11th bowler to 300 wickets in T20 cricket. Image: Sportzpics

Aiden Markram of Punjab Kings plays a shot during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL
Aiden Markram of Punjab Kings plays a shot during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL

Aiden Markram played a decisive 42 runs knock for Punjab Kings to take them to a respectable score despite losing four wickets after just 48 runs. Image: Sportzpics

Rahul Chahar of Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma captain of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Aiden Markram of Punjab Kings during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL
Rahul Chahar of Mumbai Indians and Rohit Sharma captain of Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Aiden Markram of Punjab Kings during match 42 of the Vivo Indian Premier League between the Mumbai Indians and the Punjab Kings held at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi in the United Arab Emirates on the 28th September 2021 Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for IPL

Rahul Chahar got rid of Aiden Markram and denied PBKS an opportunity at an even bigger target. Following Markram's dismissal, PBKS didn't add a single boundary in the last three overs of the inning. Image: Sportzpics

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