Mumbai lock horns with Punjab in pivotal clash

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He made a statement with a 22-ball 50, smacking five fours and three sixes to help MI score 186-8 after 20 overs. Kings XI were comfortably placed at 145/1 in 16 overs.

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It was the 18th over of Kings XI Punjab's chase and they needed 38 off 18 balls.

The three-run loss, on the other hand, will make it extremely hard for Kings XI to enter the last four since its net run rate is the worst among the eight teams. 2 wins from their remaining 2 games and a few results in their favor is the only way they can qualify in the Play offs. Once again, the victor of the toss elected to bowl, so the Mumbai Indians were put in to bat first. The play was halted for about 12 minutes mid-way to the Mumbai innings as two flood-lights went off in the stadium.

Having lost their last three matches on the trot has left KXIP no less desperate for a win tonight. 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.

MI skipper Rohit Sharma would hope to get both KL Rahul and Chris Gayle early as the duo has been the most destructive opening pair of IPL 2018. We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot.

Mumbai Indians will be playing host to Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on May 16, 2018. The two teams have previously met in this year's IPL, with Mumbai beating Punjab on that occasion in Indore. Despite the close nature of the contest against Kings XI Punjab, its NRR is still +0.384, much better than Rajasthan Royals (-0.403) and Kings XI Punjab (-0.490), its competitors for the fourth spot.

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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. That dismissal ended the crucial 111-run second wicket partnership between Rahul and Finch to bring Mumbai back into the game.

Just four games back, Rohit Sharma led MI's fate looked uncleared.

While Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya blazed to a 65-run fifth-wicket stand, R Ashwin stood at mid-off looking tense.

A boost up the order wasn't as successful for Marcus Stoinis who fell to a rampant Bumrah short ball.

Interestingly, KXIP are coming on the back of a 10-wicket loss to Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), in a match where the 2014 finalists collapsed to 88.

Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Chris Gayle, Karun Nair, Aaron Finch, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Agarwal, Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot, David Miller, Manoj Tiwary, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, Akshdeep Nath, Ben Dwarshuis, Pardeep Sahu, Mayank Dagar, Manzoor Dar, Yuvraj Singh.

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