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IPL 2018: MI Vs KXIP, Highlights: Bumrah guides MI to sensational 3-run; Rahul's 94 goes in vain

IPL 2018: MI Vs KXIP, Highlights: Bumrah guides MI to sensational 3-run; Rahul's 94 goes in vain

On Wednesday, MI host Kings XI Punjab in a virtual knockout game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in match 50 of VIVO IPL 2018. It allowed the out-of-form Kieron Pollard to produce the kind of knock-50 off 23 with 3 power sixes-that has kept him on Mumbai's books for almost a decade despite his inconsistent form. But for that to happen, Kings XI and Royals will both have to lose their last matches, and Royal Challengers will have to lose to Sunrisers.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire.

But it was Pollard, brought back into Mumbai's side, that stunned Kings XI with a 23-ball 50.

The three-run loss, on the other hand, will make it extremely hard for Kings XI to enter the last four since its net run rate is the worst among the eight teams.

In the 11th season of IPL 2018 KXIP have six wins from 12 matches, while Mumbai have five wins from the same number of matches.

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Andrew Tye pegged the Mumbai Indians back with his exceptional bowling variations. Meanwhile, the two flood-lights went off after the 10th over and play was halted for about 12 minutes.

Mumbai Indians will look to play with the same playing XI as this team has done well despite the results.

But, with the visiting side well placed needing just 42 runs from the final four overs, the introduction of Bumrah proved to be a game-changer as the death-bowling specialist claimed Finch's wicket and Marcus Stoinis' in a super 17th over costing only four runs. Thes can send Kolkata out of the race if MI and RCB win their remaining matches.

McClenaghan then kept his nerve in the last over and despite conceding 13 runs, the left-arm seamer ensured Mumbai climbed to No 4 in the table with 12 points. 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.

If the Mumbai Indians are let down by their best bet Rohit, for Kings XI Punjab Rahul has failed to get the desired support.

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On the whole, Punjab batting has let them down.

Only Suryakumar Yadav has been among the runs on a consistent basis and MI would be pleased with the return to form of West Indian opener Evin Lewis.

But for Tye's brilliant deployment of wicket-taking knuckle balls, MI's power-play score would have much more than 60/3, the Australian's first spell reading 2-0-5-3.

Kings XI Punjab has squandered its position of advantage with a series of three consecutive defeats.

Both batsmen fell in successive overs as Krunal was deceived by Marcus Stoinis slower delivery and pulled it to short fine leg.

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