IPL 2018 MI vs KXIP: Pollard powers Mumbai to 186/8

Carrie Guzman
May 17, 2018

Jasprit Bumrah bowled an inspiring spell as Mumbai Indians defended 186 to keep their chances of qualification for the Indian Premier League qualifiers alive with a three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai yesterday. Meanwhile, in the bowling department, Mujeeb Ur Rehman will play an important role in next two matches with his wily bowling.

A mere 207 runs from 12 outings and 291 points on the IPL Moneyball Impact Index neither justify his reputation as a batsman, position as the team captain nor his ₹15 crore salary deal with the IPL Mumbai franchisee.

After the early loss of openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle against RCB, Punjab's inconsistent and out-of-form middle-order struggled to get going. But Gayle was departed in the same over by pacer Mitchell McClenaghan. Because there has been little else to bank upon; Mayank Agarwal has averaged 12 in 11innings, Aaron Finch has scraped 84 runs in seven, Karun Nair has not converted his numerous starts.

Keiron Pollard plays a shot. Together, they faced 27 balls and hit four fours and four sixes, putting Mumbai on course.

New batsman Marcus Stoinis (1) also failed and got dismissed in the same over.

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Rahul and Finch's (46 off 35 balls) century stand had frustrated Mumbai until the 17th over before Bumrah returned and ended the 111-run partnership.

Pollard played an outstanding inning of 50 runs off only 23 deliveries and smashed 5 fours and 3 sixes.

Despite five wins in the first six games for KXIP, they have managed to find themselves in a situation where even a win in the final game won't guarantee them of a playoff spot. MI got off to a flying start, reaching 57/1 after five overs but they lost three wickets in quick succession, including two off successive balls, against the bowling of Tye before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings. He smashed 1 four and 2 sixes.

Mumbai's woes were compounded in the 9th over when a short-pitched delivery from Rajpoot cut short skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) stay in the middle. Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard then provided the resistance their side wanted at the stage. The role of leggie Mayank Markande (14 wickets) will also be crucial along with that of Krunal Pandya, KXIP too have slumped in the latter half of the T20 League and need to improve in all departments. But as the West Indian all-rounder was poised for a big score, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) removed him in the 16th over, bringing Punjab back into the game.

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