In a must-win match, Mumbai chased down the target of 175 to beat Punjab by six wickets at the Holkar Stadium in Indore on Friday. But handy cameos from Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma ensured that MI live another day in the competition.
KXIP's Chris Gayle is one of the key batsman in the squad and has contributed nearly 40 per cent of the runs scored by the team's batsmen.
This was KXIP's second successive defeat. Gayle has looked in remarkable touch in the tournament and has three half centuries to his name in just the 4 outings- giving the Punjab side a ideal start each time he has come on to bat. Afghanistan's rookie mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman, with an economy rate of 6.51 and seven wickets, has been nurtured well by skipper Ashwin, who has marshalled his resources well. He smashed six boundaries and two sixes in the process. He played 13 balls and slammed 23 runs.
After Suryakumar Yadav laid solid foundations for the Indians' chase with a knock of 57, a stunning 18th over really put the visitors in the driving seat. He found good support from Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya in the middle overs. Huge hitting West Indian all-rounder Keiron Pollard, in his dusk years, has additionally been distant from only 76 keeps running from six innings. In the end, it was the Pandya-Sharma partnership that clinched the game for Mumbai. The opening stands in eight games has so far yielded: 7, 11, 102, 0, 1, 12, 69, 5.
Earlier, Gayle collected just one run off the first eight balls he faced before racing to his half century, his fourth fifty plus score in five innings of the IPL so far. Krunal smacked two fours and a six in consecutive balls off Stoinis to change the equation upside down as MI needed just 16 off final two overs.
Mumbai's find of the tournament Mayank Markande came up with the first breakthrough after dismissing Rahul in the seventh over with the scoreboard reading 54 runs.
Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-19-1) and Mitchell McClenaghan (4-0-31-1) once again looked at their best. Yuvraj Singh (14 off 14) made a disappointing comeback after being dropped in the previous game. This time the luck was also not on Yuvraj's side as he got run out in the 13th over after a mix-up with Karun Nair (23 off 12). I had to bring Jasprit [Bumrah] in the 19th over with two set batsmen and if he struck, would have made things easier for Hardik [Pandya].