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T20 2018: Mumbai beat Punjab by 3 runs

T20 2018: Mumbai beat Punjab by 3 runs

Mumbai Indians don't like it easy, do they? Krunal Pandya was also looking good in his 32-run knock which came off 23 balls and was laced with 1 four and 2 sixes, but he also failed to last till the end. KL Rahul has scored 94 runs from 60 runs.

After a delay brought about by floodlight failure, Pollard and Pandya reignited the innings with a flurry of boundaries, lifting Mumbai to 151-5 from 15 overs. Australian Andrew Tye's white-ball form has been exemplary in 2018, claiming 24 wickets from 13 matches and leading the Purple Cap pack by six wickets (his closest competitor Hardik Pandya has 18 scalps).

Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians are faced with a "now and never" situation. Because there has been little else to bank upon; Mayank Agarwal has averaged 12 in 11innings, Aaron Finch has scraped 84 runs in seven, Karun Nair has not converted his numerous starts.

WICKET! MI lose another one as Ben Cutting finds Axar Patel at deep mid-wicket.

Tye used knuckle ball to a great effect as he accounted for Evin Lewis (9 off 7 balls), Ishan Kishan (20 off 12 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (27 off 15 balls) to leave Mumbai Indians reeling.




Both batsmen fell in successive overs as Krunal was deceived by Marcus Stoinis slower delivery and pulled it to short fine leg. Pollard hit a 22-ball 50 to soar the MI innings past the 150-mark.

Soon, Ankit Rajpoot joined the party to dismiss Rohit Sharma on 6. Suryakumar Yadav, the in-form opener, took it on himself to get the innings going. Andrew Tye has been their standout bowler with 20 wickets and holds the purple cap. They are on 10 points with two games to play and could yet sneak through with wins in their last two matches. But we have reached at a point where Punjab has 12 points from 12 games and Mumbai have 10 points after playing same number of matches.

One change for Mumbai Indians: Kieron Pollard comes in, JP Duminy misses out. In the previous game, Punjab's team had bowled out on just 88 runs in front of Virat Kohli Led Royal Challengers Bangalore. "He's a quality player, there's absolutely no time during the nets that he's looked out of form, it's just not worked for him, you got to feel sad that someone like him who has worked hard, got so many runs during the recent domestic season is just not getting the desired results now", said R Ashwin, Kings XI captain.

But Bumrah provided Mumbai a real sniff when he got rid of Rahul in his last over and kept Mumbai in with a chance to make it to the playoffs.


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