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MI Vs KXIP : MI fights For Existence

05 Mai 2018

Allrounder Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma blitzed 56 runs off 21 balls for Mumbai Indians to stun Kings XI Punjab by six wickets and stay in Indian Premier League playoffs contention on Friday. Mumbai' openers Suryakumar Yadav (57) and Evin Lewis laid a strong foundation, but the visitors lost momentum in the middle, losing three wickets for 40 runs to throw their chase in disarray. He smashed three fours and two sixes in a space of five balls to puncture Punjab's hopes and give Mumbai a lifeline in this season as they reached 176/4 in 19 overs.

But as it transpired, neither Lokesh Rahul or Gayle was able to play at his devastating best, with the former falling for 24 from 20 balls. He has taken 11 wickets in 7 games and he returned with figures of 3/28 in Mumbai's last game. It included four fours and two sixes. That's when Rohit and Krunal turned on the heat; the pair dealt in boundaries and scored the required 55 runs in 3.3 overs.

For the Mumbai Indians- Suryakumar Yadav has been a consistent run getter but apart from him other batsmen haven't really performed as per reputation.

"It is a hard ground to bowl, I gave away a six on the first ball and then I realised this is a challenging wicket and I need to vary my pace", Bumrah said after the first innings.

If not for Marcus Stoinis, KXIP would have ended up way short of the expected mark.

For Punjab, Rahman scalped two wickets.

Earlier, Kings eleven batsman KL Rahul and Chris Gayle started on a positive note stiching a partnership of 54 runs for the first wicket.

Yuvraj was run out in a mix-up with Karun Nair (23), who holed out in a bid to accelerate the innings.

At the end-of-match presentation ceremony, Surya elaborated on how he adapted to his new position, at the top: "I am enjoying my new role, opening the innings for Mumbai Indians".

Yuvraj (14 off 14 balls), who was promoted up the batting order, once again failed to fire as the out-of-form batsman was the next to depart in the 13th over with Punjab's scorecard reading 96/3.

With 36 runs needed off 18 balls, Rohit Sharma started the attack with a four off Marcus Stoinis's second ball. Mayank Markandey, McLenghan, Hardik Pandya and Jaspreet Bumrah, from Mumbai, got 1-1 wickets. The last time RR emerged victorious was on April 22, against Mumbai Indians, and they would be eager to get back to winning ways. In the end though, it didn't harm MI that much, thanks to Krunal and Rohit. In the previous match, despite RCB getting off to a flyer, the Mumbai bowlers bowled excellently till the 20th over before all the hardwork was thrown away by Mitchell McClenaghan.

MI Vs KXIP : MI fights For Existence