Mumbai Indians keep their chances alive after trumping Kings XI Punjab

 

Mumbai Indians (176-4) are trying hard to somehow sneak through to the playoffs as they defeat Kings XI Punjab (174-6) by 6 wickets.

Mumbai are looking hungry for a playoff berth. In their fixture against KXIP, they played with the much required intensity to jump 3 spots in the points table.

MI won the toss and put Punjab in to bat a on a high scoring Indore pitch. The Holkar Stadium in Indore offers a flat deck and coupled with small boundaries, it has quite a few runs to offer. KXIP got off to a cautious yet solid start with opener KL Rahul (24) creaming one six each off Mitchell McClenaghan 4-31-1) and Jasprit Bumrah (4-19-1) early on. Chris Gayle (50, 40b) was very watchful to begin with but cut loose as the innings went on.

However, MI bowlers bowled tight line and lengths and did not let KXIP run away with the scoring rate. As a result, as soon as Rahul and Gayle got out the momentum shifted towards Mumbai with Yuvraj Singh (14) trying to settle in.

Karun Nair (23, 12b) looked dangerous during his short stay at the crease but throwing caution to the wind is a double sided sword after all. It was Marcus Stoinis (29, 15b) who took on Hardik Pandya (4-44-1) in the last over to take KXIP to a respectable 174 run total.

The target was well within the reach of MI on a flat Indore pitch. However, the early wicket of Evin Lewis (10) sent some jitters down their dressing room.

Opener Surya Kumar Yadav (57, MoM) continued his good run with the bat and gave MI a good platform.

Following Mumbai batsmen could not actually score big but the 20s scored by each of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya and Rohit Sharma kept the game moving. However, it was the final blitz by Krunal Pandya (23, SR: 258.33) which sealed the match for

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