MI spoils KXIP Party, defeats them by three wickets

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Mumbai: Owing to a flamboyant half-century by Kieron Pollard, Mumbai Indians (MI) managed to post 186/8 in a do or die match against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. But Bumrah's excellent final spell, 2-0-10-3, and wickets at inopportune moments meant Kings XI's playoffs chances took a heavy beating. Rahul was forced to play an ambitious shot as he tried to hit the bowler's off-cutter only to mistime it and being caught in the deep. Dew is a factor, but we are not anxious about it, we need to play some good cricket. "As we were talking now he said "give me your jersey" and he wanted my jersey so we exchanged it", Rahul said after the game. Come the big game, Pollard stands up for us.

R Ashwin: We are bowling first. We had the firepower in our team to chase it down and we could not do it. So I don't look at what has happened before, what will happen in the future.

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With 17 required off the last over, KXIP fell short by 3 runs as Mumbai live on to fight another day in IPL 2018. Two changes for us, Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary are back, they replace Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. "We haven't had enough boys standing up other than K.L. with the bat or myself and Mujeeb (Ur Rahman) with the ball". This was Mumbai's 6 win in 13 games and with 12 points MI are now in the Top 4 and the 7 defeat for Punjab in as many matches. In that game also, I was backing my plan, I was not able to execute. Mumbai had been reduced to 71-4 when Pollard walked in and the 31-year-old rolled back the clock as he inflicted some lusty blows to the Kings XI bowlers. Enter Jasprit Bumrah, who had earlier delivered two wicket-less overs for just five runs, as Rohit Sharma desperately searched for answers.

Conditions: Wankhede has been always good for the chasing team, and the story has been no different this season.

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MI got off to a flying start, reaching 57-1 after five overs but they lost three wickets in quick succession, including two off successive balls, against the pace bowling of Andrew Tye (4-16) before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings. Aware of Kings XI's depleted resources in the middle order, Aaron Finch and Rahul didn't go all-out in the middle overs, taking only calculated risks or capitalising on errant deliveries to keep Kings XI alive.

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