Mumbai: Owing to a flamboyant half-century by Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians (MI) managed to post 186/8 in a do or die match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.
Pollard struck a 23-ball 50, containing five boundaries and three sixes and more importantly, was engaged in a 65-run fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls; 4x1, 6x2) to steady Mumbai's start that saw Punjab pacer Andrew Tye (4/16) striking thrice in the powerplay. Tye cleaned up Lewis. Yadav in the meantime scored 27 runs before going down.
The Australian then continued to bamboozle the Mumbai lower-order with his variety, giving away just 11 runs in his last two overs.
"In the first few games, we had KL, (Chris) Gayle, Karun (Nair) who'd scored half-centuries or a century". Both Mumbai and Punjab have played 12-12 matches, with five wins and seven losses Mumbai has 1o points, and they are now 6th at the points table, while their opponent, has won six games out of 12.
The turning point of the match came in the penultimate over of the match when Rahul was caught off Bumrah at long off with KXIP still needing 20 runs for victory.
Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 3 runs to make it clear that they are in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs. "As good as our bowling attack is, we have not been putting up complete performance as a team with both bat and ball and that sums up why we have not won games lately", he said. But when 28 runs were required off the last two overs and Bumrah was given the ball to bowl the 19th over, he gave away 18 runs, which saw Rajasthan chasing the required 10 runs off the last over to win by three wickets.More news: WWE SmackDown Set For TV Bidding War?
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When the former was reintroduced in the 17th over, skipper Ashwin had already broken the risky stand in the previous over, accounting for Pollard.
Mumbai's middle order was yet again exposed in the last game when their batsmen, including skipper Rohit Sharma, failed miserably.
In a match that stretched well beyond midnight, owing to a 12-minute interruption due to floodlight failure coupled with a miserable over-rate by the teams, Mumbai successfully defended a total of 186 for eight.
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul exchange their jerseys. Kings XI had sent in Axar Patel ahead of Yuvraj Singh, but none of the two could do anything against Bumrah.
The live streaming of IPL 2018 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab will be broadcasted on Star sports network.