Jasprit Bumrah kept Mumbai Indians in the contention for a place in the play-offs after a thrilling 3-run victory over Kings XI Punjab in a must-win game in the Indian Premier League. The latest one was a ten-wicket mauling by RCB in Indore, after Umesh Yadav & Co had rolled over KXIP for 88.
TeamsMumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (capt), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah.
This content is restricted to site members. Rahul has blasted six half-centuries - including three scores above 80 - to play a lone hand at the top of the order for Brad Hodge's side.
Mumbai Indians thus registered their sixth win to joined Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals at 12 points in the table.
Bumrah turned in a match-winning bowling performance with brilliant figures of 3-15 which included the crucial wicket of in-form opener K L Rahul (94 off 60 balls) in the penultimate over when the game was on a knife-edge with Punjab needing 20 off nine balls.
MI got off to a flying start, reaching 57-1 after five overs but they lost three wickets in quick succession, including two off successive balls, against the pace bowling of Andrew Tye (4-16) before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings. Andrew Tye has been their standout bowler with 20 wickets and holds the purple cap.
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With the win, Mumbai will keep their playoff hopes alive.
Who would have thought that Kings XI Punjab would struggle to make it to the playoffs after such an impressive start?
Two changes for Kings XI Punjab: Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary come in for Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair.
Soon, Ankit Rajpoot joined the party to dismiss Rohit Sharma on 6. "He's a quality player, there's absolutely no time during the nets that he's looked out of form, it's just not worked for him, you got to feel sad that someone like him who has worked hard, got so many runs during the recent domestic season is just not getting the desired results now", said R Ashwin, Kings XI captain. For the starters, if MI lose today, they will be out of the IPL.
However, Kieron Pollard finally fired for MI in this season after being picked at JP Duminy's expense. Mujib did not play in the last match. Despite having just won two out of their opening six matches, MI secured three wins in a row when they beat KXIP and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) twice, once at home and the other away.