IPL 2018, Match 50, MI vs KXIP – Mumbai Indians Player Ratings

Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 runs.

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Mumbai Indians celebrate fall of Chris Gayle’s wicket. (Photo by IANS)

The Mumbai Indians have jumped in to the top four of the points table yet again in the 2018 edition of the IPL. They registered a narrow 3 run win against the Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai to keep their hopes of qualifying for the playoffs alive. On the other hand, the defeat was the fourth consecutive loss for the Kings in a row. They have now slipped to number 6 in the points table.

In the match, the Mumbai Indians were asked to bat first. They lost their first four wickets rather quickly and needed a serious rebuild. Krunal Pandya played a handy cameo and Kieron Pollard smashed a 22-ball fifty to keep the hosts interested in the game. The hosts eventually finished with 186/8 in the stipulated 20 overs as Andrew Tye bagged four wickets for the Kings.

In the run chase, the visitors lost Chris Gayle early. It was KL Rahul who was at the anchoring end again. Rahul scored a brilliant 94 off 60 balls and found very good support from Aaron Finch in the middle overs. But after Finch’s dismissal, Rahul found himself alone in the chase. He perished in the penultimate over as Jasprit Bumrah finished with 3/15 to see MI register a 3-run win.

Here are the Mumbai Indians Player Ratings for the match:

Evin Lewis – 1/10

Evin Lewis had a poor outing with the bat in the game. Such has been his case in the tournament that he performs in one game and then fails to score in the next one. Lewis could score 9 in the match before becoming the first victim of Andrew Tye in the match.

Suryakumar Yadav – 4/10

Suryakumar Yadav has been in top form this season. He is the leading run getter for his team and he continued his good run with the bat in the match. He scored a quick 27 off 15 deliveries. En route his innings, he breached the 500 run mark in the season to enter the record books for a unique reason.

Ishan Kishan – 3/10

Ishan Kishan got a healthy promotion in the batting lineup in the game. He was promoted to bat at number three owing to his 17-ball fifty that he had hit a game ago in the season. He started off well for his 12-ball 20 but the blitz was cut short by Andrew Tye.

Rohit Sharma – 1/10

Rohit Sharma’s poor form in the tournament continued in this particular game as well. With both the set players back in the hut, the Mumbai Indians skipper was expected to play sensibly and bat long. But Rohit perished for a single digit score yet again.

Krunal Pandya – 5/10

Krunal Pandya had a bad day at office with the ball. The Kings XI Punjab batters found him absolutely easy to negotiate with. He was taken away for 36 runs in the four overs that he bowled. Earlier in the game, he had scored a handy 32 off 23 balls to keep the MI innings afloat.

Kieron Pollard – 9/10

Kieron Pollard made his comeback in to the playing eleven for the Mumbai Indians in the game. He came at the expense of incumbent JP Duminy and played a very handy knock in the match. He smashed a quick 50 off just 22 deliveries with five fours and three sixes to his name. He, however, could not add more to his score after reaching the milestone.

Hardik Pandya – 2/10

Hardik Pandya arrived at the crease to bat at a time when the MI innings needed a final flourish. The stage was set for him but he failed to deliver. With the ball, he looked absolutely lackluster and conceded 42 runs in the four overs that he bowled.

Ben Cutting – 2/10

Ben Cutting found himself in the unusual role in the side yet again. As has been the case for him throughout the season, his role in the team seems to be undefined. He arrived at the crease to bat in the end overs and could not get going. With the ball, he bowled just one over and conceded 15 runs.

Mayank Markande – 2/10

Mayank Markande has certainly lost his charm in the tournament. The way he had started off, he was expected to call the shots for his team throughout the season. But he seems to have missed his bite big time. He bowled three overs in the game and returned with figures of 0/34 in the match.

Mitchell McClenaghan – 6/10

Mitch McClenaghan had the all important last over to bowl in the competition. He managed to hold his nerves and ended up eking out a close win for his side. In the four overs that he bowled, he returned with figures of 2/37 and accounted for the wickets of Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle.

Jasprit Bumrah – 9.5/10

Jasprit Bumrah was the star of the show for the Mumbai Indians in the match. He finished with magnificent numbers of 3/15 in the four overs that he bowled. It was his spell that changed the course of the game. His decisive over, the penultimate over of the match, saw KL Rahul getting dismissed on 94.

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