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

Kings XI Punjab, who play Mumbai Indians next have a two-point advantage but are also fighting to stay alive in the tournament. They have lost the early momentum and are in a freefall

(G.N.S) DT.16 Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab square off at the Wankhede in match number 50 of 2018 Indian Premier League (IPL). Punjab had five wins in their first six matches, but has marked only one win in their next six matches. However, if they lost the match, they will be out of contention in the knockout stage. Mumbai has been in trouble due to its middle order failure, Although Suryakumar Yadav and Ewin Lewis haven't failed so far, but Kieron Pollard, Pandya Brothers, and Rohit Sharma were failed in some important games.

This content is restricted to site members. Rahul, hit three consecutive fours off Ben Cutting in the 18th over, to bring down the equation to 23 runs from 12 balls but he too was dismissed in the 19th over by Bumrah. He ensured Mumbai had enough to defend and gave them just enough room for error.

Aaron Finch (46) and Rahul then forged a crucial 111-run partnership. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan will have to bowl cleverly to stop the rampaging K L Rahul and Chris Gayle from scoring big runs.

Put in to bat, Mumbai were off to a flying start with the in-form Suryakumar Yadav (27 from 15 balls; 4x3, 6x2) and Evin Lewis (9) putting on 37 runs in the first three overs before Australian Andrew Tye's triple strikes reduced the hosts to 59/3 in no time. KXIP, who largely used Andrew Tye in the second half of the innings, in a surprising move, got him to bowl two of the powerplay overs.

Kolkata come into this fixture on the back of a 31-run win over Kings XI in Saturday's run-infested encounter in Indore, Knight Riders thrashed 245-6 - the fourth-highest total in IPL history - and Kings XI replied with 214-8.

Lokesh Rahul's sixth IPL half century had almost ended Mumbai's run in the tournament before fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (3-15) turned the match on its head in his return spell and restricted Punjab to 5-183.

Both batsmen fell in successive overs as Krunal was deceived by Marcus Stoinis slower delivery and pulled it to short fine leg.

Punjab suffered their worst defeat of the season in their last outing when Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered them by 10 wickets, a game where both the batsmen and bowlers succumbed before Kohli's men.

One change for Mumbai Indians: Kieron Pollard comes in, JP Duminy misses out. This edition has seen five four-wicket hauls taken, Tye has three of them - making it even more remarkable that the paceman rode the bench for 34 straight matches before getting an IPL debut.



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