MI beat KXIP by 3 runs in thriller

Erika Holt
May 18, 2018

Kings XI Punjab had a good start but Gayle was out with 18 runs. Chasing 187 to win, Rahul blasted 10 fours and three sixes in his 60-ball 94-run innings and shared a 111-run second wicket partnership with Aaron Finch (46) taking his team nearly to the brink of winning the match.

In the bowling department, Australian pacer Andrew Tye (20 wickets) and Afghan teenaged spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) have been brilliant. He dismissed Finch with the first ball of the 17th over and then bounced out Marcus Stoinis while conceding only four runs.

Ultimately, Bumrah's spell of 3-15 in four overs was the difference between the two sides as Mumbai kept their playoff hopes alive. Punjab's Middle-order is leading by Karun Nair, has done his job well but he has not got any support apart from Lokesh Rahul.

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. Bumrah stepped up to bowl the 17th over and gave away just one run and picked up the wickets of Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler.

While bowling the all-important 19th over for Mumbai, he bagged the wicket of Rahul on the third ball of the over after bowling the first two deliveries tightly.

Mumbai Indians will be playing host to Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 16, 2018.

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Pitch: The Wankhede pitch has produced some good game of cricket this season, so we can expect that even this game will produce 165-170 runs.

The only seemingly convincing reason to bring back out-of-favour Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary in the first place would have been that KXIP looked to bank on experience for a crucial, do-or-die fixture like this.

"We already knew he (Rahul) had been batting well throughout the tournament", Bumrah said.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul exchange their jerseys.

When the former was reintroduced in the 17th over, skipper Ashwin had already broken the unsafe stand in the previous over, accounting for Pollard. It was Tye who had ruined MI's start, moving a full one in to rattle Evin Lewis' stumps in the fourth over, and then removing Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar. The final over It was an intense situation for both the teams.

While Ravichandran Ashwin's men face MS Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in their final league game on Sunday, Rohit Sharma and co travel to Delhi, where they face Delhi Daredevils earlier in the same day.

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