It will be a do-or-die game for Mumbai Indians (MI) when they host Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the 50 match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Wednesday. Meanwhile, this will be 13th match for both MI and KXIP. We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot. However, the introduction of purple cap-holder Andrew Tye wreaked havoc for Mumbai Indians he picked three wickets in two overs, conceding just five runs in the Powerplay.
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FIFTY! It's half-century no 10 for KL Rahul as he reaches the landmark in 36 balls.
Live streaming of Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2018 match at the Holkar Stadium in Indore is available online. Marcus Stonis and Aaron Finch were also unable to score runs in the previous couple of games.
The Karnataka batsman shared a 111-run second wicket partnership with Aaron Finch (46) to take Punjab to the brink of a successful run chase but Bumrah scalped three wickets in his second spell to derail the chase. And it worked. He used his knuckle ball to good effect and got three crucial breakthroughs - dismissing Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar.
But it was Pollard, brought back into Mumbai's side, that stunned Kings XI with a 23-ball 50.
The pressure doubled when Rohit Sharma (6) mistimed his pull off Ankit Rajpoot and was caught at mid-on. Kings XI had only lost one game out of their first six games. One change they would like to do is sending JP Duminy up the order as he is playing at number 8, which is a complete waste.
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. Then there is the loss of wickets.
Punjab suffered their worst defeat of the season in their last outing when Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered them by 10 wickets, a game where both the batsmen and bowlers succumbed before Kohli's men. 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, 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. In comparison, Chris Gayle's 368 runs is nearly 300 runs behind Rahul's tally, with right-hander accumulating 652 runs from 13 attempts and snatching the Orange Cap from Delhi's Risabh Pant.