IPL 2018 MI vs KXIP: Pollard powers Mumbai to 186/8

Frederick Owens
May 18, 2018

Bumrah snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their play-off hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win here last night. In comparison, Chris Gayle's 368 runs is nearly 300 runs behind Rahul's tally, with right-hander accumulating 652 runs from 13 attempts and snatching the Orange Cap from Delhi's Risabh Pant. But in the fourth over after Lewis was removed by Andrew Tye. KL Rahul once again showed his potential and made 94 runs off 60 balls. After a cautious start, Krunal stuck two consecutive sixes and a four in the 12th over off Marcus Stonis, while Pollard followed it up with two sixes and as many fours in the next two overs. 17 runs were needed.

He notched up a 22-ball half-century with the help of five boundaries and three sixes before being dismissed by Ashwin.

Ben Cutting added 4 runs off 7 balls while Mitchell McClenaghan (11 9off 7, 1 four, 1 six) and Mayank Markande (7 off 5, 1 four) remained unbeaten. Finch and Stoinis fell three balls apart in the 17th over bowled by Bumrah, and despite Rahul's innovative hitting in the following over, KXIP's innings disintegrated under pressure.

In the points table, Kings XI Punjab is at the fifth place with 12 points and the team Mumbai Indians is at the sixth place with ten points. 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.

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That was the situation after the Mumbai Indians-Kings XI Punjab match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. Come a big game and he stands up for us, he wants to take that challenge and he was very disappointed when we left him out. The top performers from both the sides, Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul exchanged their shirts post-match in order to express their gratitude and respect for each other. Even before MI, or Wankhede, could come to terms with what was happening, Tye picked up his 23rd scalp of the season by inducing an edge for the keeper off Suryakumar Yadav's bat, to leave the home team stuttering at 59 for 3.

Kieron Pollard's 50! Mumbai Indians started off well making 37 runs with no loss.

And with Rohit Sharma returning to the pavilion for six, MI were floundering on 71 for four. With Tye bowling tidy overs in the death, and dismissing Hardik Pandya, KXIP were able to reign in MI.

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