Mumbai Indians turned the tables again in IPL tournament, managing another win against Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede Stadium. The home team defended its score of 186 for 8 by 3 runs, toppling Punjab at 183 for 5. Even if their batsmen could not play big runs as that of Punjab, their bowlers were able to shun the high score of opponents. Lokesh Rahul again thumped a raveling score of 94 runs. But it was Jasprit Bumrah attacking the team to take away the prime bets of the chase. His figure, 3 for 15 runs was impressive enough to defend the target. Winning the match, Mumbai escaped elimination for another stretch on IPL Point table.
Mumbai was marginal in the first inning. This is a match where Rohit Sharma was down for 6 runs again, but his mates pulled up the victory. The match had a weary beginning losing three wickets in the powerplay overs, even if the run-rate was decent. It was the middle order batsmen Krunal Pandya and Keiron Pollard who strengthened the net score with an excellent strike rate. Krunal scored 32 off 23 while Pollard knocked a half century playing 23 balls. The batsman played the inning to 15.3 hauling the score to 152. Wickets kept on falling, but runs did not stop tricking down, finally reaching a challenging height for Punjab.
The target would have never bothered Punjab if both Lokesh Rahul and Gayle would destroy Mumbai’s defense. Gayle had to wrap up his strike playing 11 balls for 18 runs. In 3.5 overs, the opener played for 34 runs together. Rahul emerged as a heavy bet against Mumbai steering the chase to the pre-ultimate over. The batsmen knocked 10 fours and 3 sixes bringing 94 runs at a strike rate of 156.66. Aaron Finch and Rahul played for more than 13 overs in a partnership pulling the chase to 145 runs.
It was Bumrah to break into the sturdy partnership taking away Finch as well as next batsman Mark Stoinis in the 17th over. An over after, the bowler removed Rahul. Finally, the easy chase turned out as an uncomfortable match for the team, yielding to Mumbai.
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