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IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians face Kings XI Punjab in virtual knockout

17 Mai 2018

Both teams face a must-win scenario and that, in turn, could see the victor take a significant advantage in improving their qualification chances for the play-offs.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted 186, thanks to a 50-run knock from middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard, who hammered three sixes and five fours in his 23-ball innings.

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In a virtual knockout match, Mumbai take on Kings XI Punjab here on Wednesday.

On the whole, Punjab batting has let them down.

Rahul and Finch took Mayank Markande's third over, the 16th of the innings, for 18 runs.

The tide turned again when Bumrah outfoxed Rahul with a slower one and was caught at long-off for a 60-ball 94.

The Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - will also need to dish out something special if they are to stand any chance of making it to the final four. Pandya conceded 19 runs from his first over thanks to the six and a couple of boundaries, the second being a pristine drive from Rahul.

Pollard came to the wicket with the Mumbai Indians 71 for 4 in the ninth over and his 65 run partnership with Krunal Pandya (32) set the platform for a flying finish.

In the bowling department, Australian pacer Andrew Tye (20 wickets) and Afghan teenaged spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) have been brilliant. But we have reached at a point where Punjab has 12 points from 12 games and Mumbai have 10 points after playing same number of matches.

Humiliated by 10 wickets in their previous outing by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab brought back the experienced Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary in place of the misfiring duo of Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair.

In Rahul and Tye, the Kings XI boast the competition's leading run-scorer and wicket-taker respectively, but they are nevertheless staring at a likely group-stage exit.

Soon, Ankit Rajpoot joined the party to dismiss Rohit Sharma on 6.

However, Kieron Pollard finally fired for MI in this season after being picked at JP Duminy's expense. And just when they seemed to have finally built some momentum in their campaign with three successive wins, they ran into a red-hot Jos Buttler at the Wankhede on Sunday. He finished with figures of 3-15 from his allotted overs, and rightfully earned player of the match, subsequently thrusting Mumbai into the top four for the first time in the tournament.

However, their playoff hopes took a hit when they suffered a seven-wicket loss to Rajasthan Royals (RR) here at the Wankhede Stadium a few days back.

IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians face Kings XI Punjab in virtual knockout