Krunal blitz gets Mumbai Indians over the line

05 May, 2018, 02:07 | Author: Felix Jensen
  • Live streaming of Kings XI Punjab vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2018 match at the Holkar Stadium Indore is available online

Skipper Rohit Sharma (196 in 8 matches) has shuffled his own batting position but his inconsistency has also hurt Mumbai Indians big time.

Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis started the run chase steadily before the former scored 12 off Ankit Rajpoot hitting a six and a four to take Mumbai to 32/0 in four overs. Lewis was caught behind Mujeeb ur Rahman.

While MI must be buoyed by the form of top-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, the defending champions would be anxious of captain Rohit Sharma's tournament so far. When Ishan Kishan (25) was dismissed, the score read 100/3 after 13 overs. The talented Karnataka batsman's innings was studded with two sixes and a boundary.

The move wasn't entirely a failure, as Hardik's 13-ball 23 ensured Mumbai kept up with the asking rate, but his eventual dismissal coupled with Kings XI losing their lengths proved the game-changer.

Gayle has been in fine form for Kings XI this season and had scored 252 runs across four innings prior to Friday's fixture. But the onslaught came from Krunal Pandya as he hit Stoinis for two fours off consecutive balls and ended the over with a very big six over deep mid-wicket.

Earlier, a half-century by Chris Gayle followed by some fireworks by Marcus Stoinis in the final moments helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) post a challenging 174/6.

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He alongwith KL Rahul (24 off 20) gave KXIP another cracking start as the destructive duo shared a 54-run stand in 6.4 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-19-1) and Mitchell McClenaghan (4-0-31-1) once again looked at their best.

But find of the season for Mumbai Mayank Markande got the critical wicket of Rahul (24) and though Chris Gayle (50) went on to make a fifty there was little of substance from the middle order.

There is also reasonable doubt over Yuvraj Singh's inclusion in today's game, as he had been dropped for the last game too. It was an eventful over though as Karun Nair erred in his call and got Yuvraj, one of the three changes Punjab made, run out at the batting end.

Jasprit Bumrah and Co. were able to tighten things up. In the first six overs, they just managed to hit 49 runs without a loss of any wicket.

Stoinis then played a cameo of a 15-ball 29, while Mayank Agarwal chipped in with 11 runs down the order to help Punjab reach a healthy score. The 22-run last over from Hardik made all the difference with Stoinis smashing him for two sixes and as many fours.

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