On Wednesday, MI host Kings XI Punjab in a virtual knockout game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in match 50 of VIVO IPL 2018. Skipper Rohit Sharma (6) failed to get going once again but it was the comeback man Kieron Pollard (50, SR: 217.39) who made his opportunity count to notch up an explosive half century.
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Things aren't working out very well for Kings XI Punjab team, and one can say it without question that Kings have fallen on hard times.
The three-run loss loss, on the other hand, will make it extremely hard for the Kings to enter the last four since its Net Run Rate is the worst among all eight teams. Tye bowled a fantastic spell picking up 4 wickets for only 16 runs in four overs. The two Rajasthan Royals players have bid a fond farewell to the franchise and its fans upon their departure for London.
Mumbai have to win both their remaining two matches to keep their chances alive for advancing to the play-offs.
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.
But KXIP came back strongly at the death as they gave away just 35 runs in the last 5 overs.
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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.
The two stitched a 111-run partnership to take Punjab extremely close to victory. On the contrary, Surya looked settled at the crease.
Keeping with Mumbai's modus operandi, Krunal Pandya and Pollard too showed no inclination to take their innings deep.
The Aussie pack: In addition to Tye's third bag of wickets this season, the Aussies played major roles in the outcome of the vital clash in Mumbai.
Stoinis, however, bounced back in his next over to pack back Krunal with a deceptive slower bouncer, ending in a simple top edge to the hands of Rajpoot at short fine before being hit for two boundaries and a six by Pollard as the West Indian completed his 22-ball fifty.
The target wasn't an overly daunting one, but Punjab's batting hasn't been in the greatest of forms barring KL Rahul and Chris Gayle.