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KL Rahul in tatters as Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab

Rohit Sharma and his men have discovered the winning formula and are back in hunt for the playoffs

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Lokesh Rahul of Kings XI Punjab in action. (Photo by IANS)

The Indian Premier League is heading towards the final phase and the race to playoffs is getting heated up. While SRH and CSK have already made it to final four, there are few teams who have a chance of grabbing the other two spots. Delhi Daredevils is the only team that has been knocked out while the others are in with a chance.

Kings XI Punjab made an impressive start to their campaign but their downfall is equally disheartening. Since their break, the team has failed to pull up victories and provide hope to their fans. Poor team selection coupled with strange calls on the field have affected Ravichandran Ashwin and him men. Over-reliance on few players has been another issue for the team.

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KL Rahul has been the Lone Ranger for his team when it comes to batting. He is the orange cap holder in the tournament while his teammates have struggled to make an impact.

The late surge by the Mumbai Indians

On Wednesday, KXIP were facing Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede in the all-important clash. Rahul knew that he had to deliver again to keep the Mumbai Indians quite. He did not disappoint and scored 94 runs but that was not enough to get his side over the line. Punjab lost by 3 runs in a thrilling final over the finish. Ashwin’s side needed 17 runs off the final over but they managed to get only 13. Mitchell McClenaghan ensured that Mumbai Indians remained in the hunt for the playoffs.

As the match concluded, Rahul was seen sitting in utter disappointment as he saw his team failing to reach the target for the second time this season, with him individually contributing more than 90 runs. McClenaghan did the push-up celebration while Rahul was distraught.

The Mumbai Indians can be happy with their performance while Kings XI Punjab is on the brink of elimination. Their NNR is also not great which means that even with a win in their next match, they may not be able to make it to the top four.

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