IPL 2018: Jasprit Bumrah steals KL Rahul's thunder to bowl Mumbai Indians to 3-run victory against Kings XI Punjab

Jasprit Bumrah snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their play-off hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in a crucial IPL match

PTI, May 17, 2018 01:25:22 IST

Mumbai: Seamer Jasprit Bumrah snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their play-off hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match.

The defending champions set the visiting team a stiff target of 187 and then restricted Kings XI to 183/5 to register their sixth win in 13th games and boost their tally to 12 with one game in hand. Mumbai have jumped to the fourth spot in the table.

Jasprit Bumrah of the Mumbai Indians celebrates the wicket of Marcus Stoinis of the Kings XI Punjab during match fifty of the Vivo Indian Premier League 2018 (IPL 2018) between the Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab held at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on the 16th May 2018. Photo by: Faheem Hussain /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Jasprit Bumrah starred with the ball bagging thee wickets for 15 runs off his 4 overs. Sportzpics

Bumrah turned in a match-winning bowling performance with brilliant figures of 3-15 which included the crucial wicket of in-form opener K L Rahul (94 off 60 balls) in the penultimate over, when the game was on a knife-edge with Kings XI needing 20 off nine balls.

Rahul was caught at long-off by Ben Cutting.

The dismissal of Rahul, who batted brilliantly and struck 10 fours and three sixes, effectively derailed Punjab's chase with the other batsmen at the crease unable to take the visitors home. The defeat left Punjab on 12 points with one game to go.

Rahul stuck his sixth half century of the tournament, but his effort went in vain.

The match was in a crucial stage with 60 needed off 30 balls, when leggie Mayank Markande conceded 18 runs, with Rahul striking back to back sixes to give the Kings XI the momentum.

But Bumrah wrested back the initiative by removing Aaron Finch of the first ball of his second spell.

That dismissal ended the crucial 111-run second wicket partnership between Rahul and Finch to bring Mumbai back into the game. In the same over, Bumrah removed Marcus Stonis (1), to further fortify Mumbai's position as the visitors needed 38 runs from 18 balls.

Rahul, hit three consecutive fours off Ben Cutting in the 18th over, to bring down the equation to 23 runs from 12 balls but he too was dismissed in the 19th over by Bumrah.

Earlier, West Indian Kieron Pollard struck a blistering fifty to rescue defending champions Mumbai Indians from a mid-innings slump to a formidable 186 for 8 in their crucial IPL game here.

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.

Before this knock, Pollard had only scored a paltry 83 runs in 8 matches and was dropped from the playing XI but his 65-run stand with Krunal in 36 balls, steered Mumbai Indians out of trouble after they had slumped to 71/4.

Tye wrecked havoc on Mumbai's top and middle order and his victims included Evin Lewis (9), Ishan Kishan (20) and Suryakumar Yadav (27).

After a cautious start, Krunal stuck two consecutive sixes and a four in the 12th over off Marcus Stonis, while Pollard followed it up with two sixes and as many fours in the next two overs.

However, just when they were looking good, Krunal threw his wicket away. But that did not dither Pollard who kept hitting his shots and raced to his fifty in just 22 balls studded with five fours and three sixes.

But as the West Indian all-rounder was poised for a big score, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) removed him in the 16th over, bringing Punjab back into the game. Hardik Pandya (9) and Ben Cutting (4) too fell cheaply.

Earlier, put into bat, Yadav and Lewis managed to put just 37 runs for the first wicket. Tye cleaned up Lewis. One down Kishan's stay at the crease was also cut short by Tye, who stuck in his second over.

And on the very next delivery, Tye removed a set Yadav (27) as the defending champions slumped to 59/3.

Skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) poor run also continued.

Meanwhile, the two flood-lights went off after the 10th over and play was halted for about 12 minutes.

Updated Date: May 17, 2018 01:25:22 IST


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