MI beat KXIP by 3 runs in thriller

MI beat KXIP by 3 runs in thriller

While Kings XI Punjab have five wins and three defeats after a strong start, Rajasthan Royals, winners of IPL 2008 are struggling in their chase for a playoff berth, after three victories and five losses.

Chasing 184 to win, IPL leading run-scorer Rahul smashed 10 fours and three sixes in hitting his sixth fifty of the tournament but it wasn't to be enough as he perished in the penultimate over to Jasprit Bumrah. 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. Enter Jasprit Bumrah, who had earlier delivered two wicket-less overs for just five runs, as Rohit Sharma desperately searched for answers.

Mumbai Indians were at an unhealthy 79/4 after 10 overs, their chances of winning against Kings XI Punjab seemed as dim as the stadium that was poorly light for about 10 minutes that play was halted for.

For Mumbai, Bumrah scalped three wickets while Mcclenaghan took two wickets.

Mumbai's woes were compounded in the 9th over when a short-pitched delivery from Rajpoot cut short skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) stay in the middle. But KL Rahul continued his magnificent form as along with Aaron Finch, he steadied the ship.

With the win MI have climbed up to the fourth spot in the points table with 12 points and a better net run rate than other teams.

Only Suryakumar Yadav has been among the runs on a consistent basis and MI would be pleased with the return to form of West Indian opener Evin Lewis. Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard resurrected the innings with a stand of 65 runs off 36 balls.

In the bowling department, Australian pacer Andrew Tye (20 wickets) and Afghan teenaged spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) have been brilliant.

Both batsmen fell in successive overs as Krunal was deceived by Marcus Stoinis slower delivery and pulled it to short fine leg. We perhaps made the mistake of trying to score more than the par score and thereby ended up losing wickets. Tye cleaned up Lewis.

IPL Points Table 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. If both Gayle and Rahul get good starts they could open the flood gates for KXIP especially while batting at a small ground like Wankhede.

Mumbai managed 186-8 after being put into bat by Kings XI with Kieron Pollard scoring an even 50 off 23 balls.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.