Mumbai: Mumbai Indians kept their play-offs hopes alive as the hosts edged past Kings XI Punjab by three runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday. Then Pollard scored a half-century in 23 balls.
Kings XI's chase started well enough, with Chris Gayle (18 off 11) and the in-form Rahul scoring 28 from the first three overs, before the former was bounced out - as has proven to be a habit in recent matches - by New Zealand left-armer Mitchell McClenaghan (2-37).
This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. Mumbai Indians has already beaten Kings XI Punjab once this year. 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. They must win their final match against Delhi Daredevils on Sunday as they have a very healthy net run rate of +0.384. Once again, the victor of the toss elected to bowl, so the Mumbai Indians were put in to bat first. Meanwhile, the two flood-lights went off after the 10th over and play was halted for about 12 minutes.
It was a match where it was always going to come down to nerves and the mental make-up of both teams.
Mumbai Indians will look to play with the same playing XI as this team has done well despite the results. MI got off to a flying start, reaching 57/1 after five overs but they lost three wickets in quick succession, including two off successive balls, against the bowling of Tye before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings.
When is the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2018 match? However, Bumrah's double strike brought MI back in the game.
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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.
While bowling the all-important 19th over for Mumbai, he bagged the wicket of Rahul on the third ball of the over after bowling the first two deliveries tightly.
However, Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard steadied the innings for the home side.
A boost up the order wasn't as successful for Marcus Stoinis who fell to a rampant Bumrah short ball.
Punjab suffered their worst defeat of the season in their last outing when Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered them by 10 wickets, a game where both the batsmen and bowlers succumbed before Kohli's men.
If Mumbai is let down by their best prospect, rivals Kings XI Punjab have been given the best value for money by their top investment KL Rahul, the ₹11 crore acquisition for the season.