IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Squeeze into Playoffs Spot

May 18, 2018, 14:25
IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Squeeze into Playoffs Spot

The Mumbai Indians (MI) were in dire need to win their last match against the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) as a defeat could have shown them the door of elimination. Tye bowled two more excellent overs at the death while picking up one more wicket in the form of Hardik Pandya to finish with figures of 4-16. In Mumbai Indians' opening match against Chennai Super Kings at the Wankhede, Bumrah gave away 29 (9 runs in the 17th over and 20 in the 19th over) runs in his last two overs to give Chennai a dramatic win.

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. But with Rahul hammering the bowlers all over the park, the match was hanging in balance until Bumrah accounted for him in his next over to tip the balance in MI's favor.

Bumrah (3/15) snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions MI kept their play-off hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win.

On that note, let's take a look at the 3 unsold players who could have taken Kings XI Punjab to the playoffs without any fuzz.

Before this knock, Pollard had only scored a paltry 83 runs in 8 matches and was dropped from the playing XI but his 65-run stand with Krunal in 36 balls, steered Mumbai Indians out of trouble after they had slumped to 71/4.

He dismissed Ishan Kishan with another knuckle-ball before having Suryakumar Yadav caught behind with his very next delivery. The venue of the match is at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

"Look we have seen this happening a lot in football". Skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) poor run also continued.

Punjab's batting mostly relies on openers Rahul and Gayle as the duo have accumulated 558 and 350 runs respectively. The final over It was an intense situation for both the teams.

Continuing his glorious run with the bat, Suryakumar started off in his customary style before breaking loose as he smacked rookie pacer Ankit Rajpoot for two fours and as many sixes to milk 21 runs off the second over of the innings before Tye was employed into the attack.

For Punjab, it was once again KL Rahul who was left fighting a lone battle on a sinking ship. Then, Andrew Tye claimed his third four-for in four games, his 4 for 16 limiting Mumbai to 186. Rahul though, did end up leaving the field with the orange cap and also walked away with Hardik Pandya's jersey.

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