IPL 2018: Bumrah’s magical spell helps MI beat KXIP, playoffs hopes alive

Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 runs and kept their hopes alive to make it to the playoffs. Bumrah took 3 wickets.

In the 50th and a crucial match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, Mumbai Indians pulled up a surprising victory against Kings XI Punjab in a match dominated by the latter during the major portion of the match. With this victory, Mumbai also moved up to the fourth spot of the VIVO IPL points table, decimating Kings XI punjab to the sixth position. Lokesh Rahul had almost taken his team towards the victory but Bumrah became an obstacle with his magical spell, clinching 3 wickets for just 15 runs in his 4 overs. The 187-run chase looked comfortable for Punjab courtesy, the 100-run partnership between Rahul and Finch. The contest had become a nail-biter during the last few overs of the second inning, Punjab needed 17 runs in the last over and the suspense only ended in the last ball.

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav opened the batting for Mumbai. Just as Mumbai’s inning took a start, Andrew Tye stormed with the ball and clinched four crucial wickets during his spell. Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma failed to score again. Krunal and Pollard blew life into rather dull innings. Krunal departed after a while but Pollard continued the attack, perishing only after scoring a crucial half century. Even after a bittersweet journey, Mumbai put up the target of 187 runs. In reply to Mumbai’s inning, Kings XI Punjab’s Lokesh Rahul gave the filip to the run chase, Gayle too showed some action before departing. Rahul and Finch carved a 100-run partnership with Rahul scoring his fifty but Finch fell short of completing his. Mumbai batsmen kept longing for a wicket during the major portion of the match. A wicket, however, came in the form of Finch and soon Bumrah got Stoinis under his web. Rahul kept the run chase alive but fell just when the team was on the verge of a victory.


Kings XI Punjab innings update: Over by over

Kings XI Punjab playing XI for today’s match: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot

Over 1: Chris Gayle and K L Rahul to open for Kings XI, Mitchell McClenaghan to start it for Mumbai Indians. Rahul punches through the covers region and gets off the mark. Gayle on strike. Single to Gayle as well. Top edge, goes for six. Lucky for K L Rahul. Trying to play the miss, Rahul lucky yet again. Excellent square cut but equally well fielded. Dot to end the over. KXIP: 8-0

Over 2: Jasprit Bumrah comes to the attack, very fierce bouncer to Gayle. Well defended by Gayle. Single to Gayle. Brilliant ball by Bumrah to Rahul, wanted to cut but missed. Dot to finish the over. KXIP: 9-0

Over 3: Hardik Pandya comes to the attack, and Gayle swings and it goes for SIX. Over the slip for four. Single to Gayle. Edge, gone for four. No slip in place. Brilliant cover drive for four. 19 runs from the over. KXIP: 28-0

Over 4: Mitchell to continue, Gayle hits over mid-on for four. Pulled for one by Gayle. Good bouncer by Mitchell to Gayle. Good bouncer by Gayle again and he hit it in the air, simple catch. Aaron Finch comes to the crease. End of the over. KXIP: 34-1

Over 5: Pandya continues, dot ball. One run to Finch. Two runs to Finch. Two runs to Finch again. What a wack this is, SIX runs. KXIP: 46-1

Over 6: Krunal Pandya comes to the attack, FOUR runs over mid-on. IN the air, just getting the finger tips of Ben Cutting. Dot ball. Single to Finch. Swept for four, Rahul is not leaving any opportunity to score runs. KXIP: 56-1


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