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Pandya cameo helps MI to beat Punjab


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In the second match of the day in Abu Dhabi, holders Mumbai Indians beat Punjab Kings by six wickets to move up to fifth in the table.

Punjab slip to sixth, ahead of Rajasthan Royals who meet Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday.

Hardik Pandya, who hit 40 off 30 balls, and Kieron Pollard, who made 15, put on unbeaten stand of 45 for the fifth wicket as Mumbai achieved their target of 126 in 19 overs.

Top-scorer Saurabh Tiwary (45) and Quinton de Kock (27) also played key knocks in another low-scoring contest.

Mumbai pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah and Pollard took two wickets each to help restrict Punjab to 135-9 despite Aiden Markram's 42.

Pollard took his wicket total to 300 in T20 cricket after sending back Punjab skipper KL Rahul. The West Indies all-rounder became the first player in T20 history with 10,000 runs and 300 wickets.