Rahul and Aaron Finch (46) looked to have laid the foundations for a Kings XI win with four overs remaining, but Bumrah removed both set batsmen and Marcus Stoinis while also keeping runs to a minimum in a wonderful display of death bowling.
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Kieron Pollard (50 runs) top-scored as Mumbai Indians posted a total of 186-8 in the 50 IPL match against Kings XI Punjab here on Wednesday. Jasprit Bumrah proved too good for them in the end as the pacer returned figures of 3 for 15 to help Mumbai seal a thriller. Apart from Chris Gayle and KL Rahul, none of the other batsmen have shown the application to score runs.
They are coming off a loss against Rajasthan, but a win in this game will take them closer to the playoffs. 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. 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. For the starters, if MI lose today, they will be out of the IPL.
Stoinis, however, bounced back in his next over to pack back Krunal with a deceptive slower bouncer, ending in a simple top edge to the hands of Rajpoot at short fine before being hit for two boundaries and a six by Pollard as the West Indian completed his 22-ball fifty.
Two changes for Kings XI Punjab: Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary come in for Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. And when Rohit Sharma's mistimed pull found mid-on, Mumbai were caught in an awkward position at 71 for 4 in the ninth over. Their woes at home were best summed up when two light towers blanked out for a good long 10 minutes as Kieron Pollard, who replaced JP Duminy, tried to resurrect the innings with Krunal Pandya. The match was in a crucial stage with 60 needed off 30 balls, when leggie Mayank Markande conceded 18 runs, with Rahul striking back to back sixes to give Punjab the momentum. Meanwhile, in the bowling department, Mujeeb Ur Rehman will play an important role in next two matches with his wily bowling. 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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