Pollard's fifty helps Mumbai Indians to reach 186/8

Tanya Simon
May 17, 2018

Mumbai Indians thus registered their sixth win to joined Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals at 12 points in the table.

But Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in the 17th over to send Finch packing four short of what would have been a well deserved fifty before bouncing out Marcus Stoinis (1). Australian Andrew Tye's white-ball form has been exemplary in 2018, claiming 24 wickets from 13 matches and leading the Purple Cap pack by six wickets (his closest competitor Hardik Pandya has 18 scalps). Andrew Tye has been their standout bowler with 20 wickets and holds the purple cap.

If Mumbai is let down by their best prospect, rivals Kings XI Punjab have been given the best value for money by their top investment KL Rahul, the ₹11 crore acquisition for the season.

WICKET! Yuvraj Singh takes a good catch at mid-on to dismiss captain Rohit Sharma for six, as Ankit Rajpoot gets his first wicket.

Earlier, Kieron Pollard justified his recall to Mumbai's XI with 50 from 23 balls, while the hosts' also received useful contributions from Suryakumar Yadav (27 off 15), Ishan Kishan (20 off 12) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23) in a stop-start innings.

Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and opted to field against Mumbai Indians in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday.

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MI have had a mixed season so far this year. A single lose will out from the tournament, However, the same condition/Scenario is applicable on KXIP's graph, they also can't afford a single defeat. Then there is the loss of wickets.

However, there is no official statement from the management, and it is believed that they might not take such drastic decision for the last two matches. The defending champions can reach a maximum of 14 points. The match will start at 8 PM IST on 16th March.

After a delay brought about by floodlight failure, Pollard and Pandya reignited the innings with a flurry of boundaries, lifting Mumbai to 151-5 from 15 overs.

Man of the match Bumrah said after the contest: "Clarity is very important when you bowl at the death otherwise there'll be doubt".

Punjab will be bitterly disappointed with the effort, especially after a 111-run stand between KL Rahul (94) and Aaron Finch (46) had set the game up for them, but it was once again the reliance on the top order which came back to haunt them. The English commentary will be available on Start Sports1/HD while Hindi commentary will be apparently available on Star Sports 1 Hindi/HD.

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