Mumbai Indians Still In The Race For Championship With Victory Over Kings XI


New Delhi:  Defending champions Mumbai Indians kept themselves alive in the tournament as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by three runs in their must-win game at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. Mumbai jumped to fourth in the Indian Premier League standings after registering their sixth win in 13 games.

KL Rahul's 94 went in vain as Kings XI ended agonisingly short of their 187-run target to suffer their seventh defeat of the season as they dropped down to sixth in the points table. JaspritBumrah (3/15) produced a spirited performance to stop Kings XI at 183/5 in 20 overs.

Defending 17 off final over, Mitchell McClenaghan (2/37) gave away just two runs and took the wicket of Yuvraj Singh to change the equation to 15 off 3 balls. Axar (10 not out) hit a six in the fourth ball and ManojTiwary (4*) hit a four off last ball, but still they ended up short.

Rahul and Chris Gayle gave Kings XI run chase a fiery start. Gayle and Rahul clobbered 19 runs in the third over off HardikPandya, with the West Indian hitting a six and a four while the Indian smashed back-to-back fours as Kings XI reached 28/0.

But Gayle top-edged one off McClenaghan as Mumbai got a big breakthrough in the fourth over. Gayle hit a six and two fours during his 11-ball 18 knock.

Rahul along with Aaron Finch then took Kings XI to 57/1 after the six Powerplay overs. They brought up fifty-run partnership as Kings XI reached 86/1 at the halfway mark.

With a single off KrunalPandya in the 11th over, Rahul completed his fifty off 36 balls with the help of a six and six fours. Rahul (652) also breached the 600-run mark for the season as he took back the Orange Cap from Rishabh Pant (582).

Rahul then smacked back-to-back sixes off MayankMarkande as Kings XI reached 145/1 in 16 overs.

Needing 42 off four overs, Bumrah struck twice in the 17th over to dent the Kings XI run chase. Bumrah dismissed Finch (46) to break the 111-run stand for the second wicket with Rahul, before scalping Marcus Stoinis with the fifth ball to reduce Kings XI to 149/3 in 16.5 overs. Finch hit a six and three fours during his 35-ball innings.

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