Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2018 match will be played at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. It is the important match for Mumbai Indians as it decides them to enter into the playoff.
In the 50th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL), desperate Mumbai Indians squad under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma will face inconsistent Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium Mumbai in the must-win clash on Wednesday. Mumbai 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 pace bowling of Andrew Tye (4-16) before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings.
After losing Chris Gayle (18) early on, Rahul and Aaron Finch (46) added 111 for the second wicket to put the visitors on course but Jasprit Bumrah broke the risky stand with the Australian's wicket in the 17th over.
On the whole, Punjab batting has let them down. That has been the story of high profile Mumbai Indians this IPL season.
Talk about turnarounds, Kings XI have only managed one victory in their last six games.
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Gayle (18) was dished out with a lot of short stuff and he perished trying to take one on from Mitchell McClenaghan. But there is hope: Ben Cutting has dismissed him twice in 17 balls, and Hardik Pandya once in 15 balls. He first pulled him for a boundary before reverse-scooping a couple over the keeper's head to reduce the margin to 23 from 12.
Earlier, South Africa pacer Dale Steyn also questioned the omission of national teammate David Miller from Punjab's playing XI. Faced with all that adversity, Mumbai needed both skill and luck. Andrew Tye cleaned up Evin Lewis's middle stump in the fourth over, the West Indian departing for 9.
For all the ball-by-ball updates and live commentary you can keep a tab on TOI Sports' live blog and live updates well before the first ball is bowled. Skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) poor run also continued. Just one change for us, Kieron Pollard replaces JP Duminy.
While Krunal took Aussie Marcus Stoinis to the cleaners twice before striking a boundary off consecutive deliveries, Pollard deposited left-arm spinner Axar Patel for a massive six before belting Rajpoot for two fours and a six. Then the change in length did the trick for Mumbai. A win will secure them a top four berth while even with a defeat, there remains a possibility of going through. Both Krunal and Pollard picked their bowlers and went after them no holds barred.