Krunal blitz gets Mumbai Indians over the line

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A brilliant late blitz from Krunal Pandya aided by skipper Rohit Sharma saw the Mumbai Indians beat the Kings XI Punjab by six wickets to keep their IPL hopes alive.

The Indians needed a win and put the Kings XI in to bat hoping to make early inroads into their opponents somewhat fragile batting lineup.

Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle have been the bedrock of most of the Kings XI successes this season and the openers looked to be at it again putting on 54 for the first wicket.

But find of the season for Mumbai Mayank Markande got the critical wicket of Rahul (24) and though Chris Gayle (50) went on to make a fifty there was little of substance from the middle order.

Marcus Stoinis (26*) provided a decent finish to power the Kings XI to 174 for 6 in their 20 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah (1/19) recovered from being smashed for six first up by Rahul to end as the pick of the bowlers.

In reply Suryakumar Yadav (57) provided a solid base for the chase with his third fifty of the 2018 IPL though Evin Lewis (10) and Ishan Kishan struggle to score.

Hardik Pandya was sent in ahead of Rohit (24*) and did his job attacking the bowling and elevating the rate, when he was bowled by Andrew Tye it looked like a nervy finish awaited but his brother played the finisher role with aplomb.

Krunal (31*) destroyed Stoinis’s bowling in the 18th over and turned the match decisively in the Mumbai Indians favour

Points table

Team Pld Net RR Pts Form
1  Sunrisers Hyderabad 8 +0.514 12
  • W
  • W
  • W
2  Chennai Super Kings 9 +0.354 12
  • L
  • W
  • L
3  Kolkata Knight Riders 9 +0.240 10
  • L
  • W
  • W
4  Kings XI Punjab 8 +0.130 10
  • W
  • L
  • L
5  Mumbai Indians 9 +0.005 6
  • W
  • L
  • W
6  Royal Challengers Bangalore 8 -0.301 6
  • L
  • L
  • W
7  Delhi Daredevils 9 -0.450 6
  • W
  • L
  • W
8  Rajasthan Royals 8 -0.726 6
  • W
  • L
  • L

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