Twitter Reactions: Bumrah’s spell overpowers Rahul’s 94 at Wankhede

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 managed to live another day in the ongoing edition of the IPL. They eked out a narrow 3 run win against the Kings XI Punjab to jump in to the top four of the points table. In the match, they had to defend 186 against the Kings who rallied solely on the knock played by KL Rahul. The visitors eventually fell short by 3 runs. The defeat now sees the KXIP side slip down to number 6 in the points table.

Earlier in the game, the Kings XI Punjab had won the toss and had opted to bowl first. They struck early in the fourth over with Andrew Tye dismissing Evin Lewis for 9. Suryakumar Yadav (27 off 15 balls) and Ishan Kishan (20 off 12 balls) then got the Mumbai Indians to a flying start. Tye struck twice in two deliveries to send both the set batsman back to the hut in the sixth over.

Soon, Ankit Rajpoot joined the party to dismiss Rohit Sharma on 6. The Mumbai innings saw a sudden slump and needed someone to revive the fortunes. Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard then provided the resistance their side wanted at the stage. Pandya scored a handy 23-ball 32.

But the main highlight of the MI innings was the knock played by the comeback man, Kieron Pollard. Pollard hit a 22-ball 50 to soar the MI innings past the 150-mark. However, post his dismissal in the 17th over, the innings slipped away again and eventually finished with 186/8 in 20 overs.

In the run chase, it was KL Rahul who played the anchoring knock for his side yet again. Rahul fell short of his well deserved ton yet again. He top scored for his side with 94 to his name, and found some support from Aaron Finch in the middle overs. Finch scored a crucial 46 as well.

However, when the battle was down to 23 needed of 12 deliveries, Jasprit Bumrah held his nerve to dismiss Rahul on 94 (60) and finished with figures of 3/15 in his four overs. Neither Yuvraj Singh nor Axar Patel could then get the Kings home and they fell short by 3 runs.

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