Mumbai Beats Kings XI Punjab, Keeps Playoff Chance Alive

Mumbai Indians worked hard and kept their playoff chances alive by defeating KXIP. Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya made the stand of 56 runs off 21 balls. Earlier, Evin Lewis and Surya Kumar Yadav made a decent start and Lewis departed at his score of 10 runs in the bowling of Mujeeb Ur Rahman.MI-vs-KXIP-iplEarlier, this duo handled the skipper Ravichandran Ashwin wisely. Ishan Kishan joined Surya Kumar Yadav and Surya hit 6 fours and 3 boundaries to make 57 runs off 42 balls. He made a stand of 42 runs with Kishan before he fell to Marcus Stoinis.

Later, Hardik Pandya joined Ishan Kishan. Kishan departed at the score of 25 runs from 19 balls to Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s ball. Rohit Sharma entered at No.5 and joined Hardik Pandya. He scored 23 runs and got dismissed in the bowling of Andrew Tye. Later, Krunal Pandya joined him when the team needed 75 runs. They worked hard to extract runs from Punjab bowlers till 15th over.

At the time when the team needed 55 runs off 27 balls, the duo squeezed 20 runs in the bowling of Marcus Stoinis. By the time the team needed 16 runs off 12 balls in the 18th over. Krunal slammed a boundary and a six in the spell of Andrew Tye in the 19th over and the winning runs came in the form of four leg byes surpassing the wicket-keeper. This duo was unbeaten and Rohit Sharma scored 24 runs off 15 balls and Krunal Pandya scored 31 runs off 12 balls.

In their Innings, KXIP scored 174/6 by the contribution of Chris Gayle, Marcus Stoinis, and KL Rahul.  Chris Gayle scored his 24th fifty in IPL.

Match Summary

Kings XI Punjab 174/6 in 20 overs, Chris Gayle 50, Marcus Stoinis 29, Jasprit Bumrah 1/19

Mumbai Indians 176/4 in 19 overs,  Suryakumar Yadav 57, Rohit Sharma 24*, Krunal Pandya 31*, Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2/37

Mumbai Indians won the game by 6 wickets and Suryakumar Yadav was named as the man of the match.