MI spoils KXIP Party, defeats them by three wickets

IPL 2018 Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab Match Preview and Predicted XI

Kings XI Punjab has great star players like Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, and Marcus Stonis, who can damage the opponent and change the game at any moment.

In a match that was stretched well beyond the midnight, thanks to a 12-minute interruption due to floodlight failure coupled with miserable over rate by both the teams, Mumbai Indians defended a total of 186 for eight to keep its campaign alive.

Punjab needed 17 runs in the last over and McCleneghan bowled the last over, which was a thriller and Mumbai clinched the victory from Punjab by three runs.

Pollard, however, struck two boundaries and six off Marcus Stoinis in the 14th over. He could have bowled the 20th over but made a decision to hand the ball to Mohit Sharma, who had gone for 25 runs in two wicketless overs prior to this. The result set up a mad scramble over the last few days of the regular season.

Mitchell McClenaghan did enough in the final over for Mumbai to stay alive in the IPL in 2018. Should they lose against Punjab, Mumbai will be out of the play-off race.

The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad have already qualified for the playoffs. But we lost the plot in the middle while batting, we could have got 10-15 runs more. "He's the one who's taken the responsibility", MI Skipper said in his post-match presentation ceremony.

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Rahul hit a hard-fought 94 but it ended in vain as KXIP fell short of a 187-run target in what was a must-win game for the hosts. In the 19th over, he took out the risky Rahul with a slower delivery and conceded just six runs to finish with 4-0-15-3. Enter Jasprit Bumrah, who had earlier delivered two wicket-less overs for just five runs, as Rohit Sharma desperately searched for answers. Mumbai 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.

However, just when they were looking good, Krunal threw his wicket away.

The Punjab openers have been a major reason behind their success as the two have handed a ideal start to their side on several occasions in this year's edition. The battle is surely between Bumrah and Rahul now as Cutting's over costs 15 runs.

"I was clear. On this wicket when the slower ball was bowled on a good length, it wasn't gripping, so I looked to bowl a dipper and it worked". While it has become really hard for KXIP to now qualify for the playoffs.

"Pretty blank at this point of time". He revealed that he wanted to build more pressure rather than getting desperate for a wicket, "When we got two wickets, I wanted to build pressure".

"It looked it was going to be a clinical romp but credit to Bumrah - once again he proved what a good bowler he is".

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