Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by 3 runs to make it clear that they are in the hunt to qualify for the playoffs.
Kings XI Punjab won the toss and opted to field first at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Wednesday. Batting first, MI piled up 186 runs for the loss of eight wickets in their 20 overs.
Keiron Pollard scored 50 runs off just 23 balls which included 3 sixes and 5 fours. Krunal Pandya contributed 32 runs while Surya Kumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan chipped in to score their 27 and 20 respectively.
Andrew Tye picked four wickets with figures of 4-0-16-4 while skipper R Ashwin scalped two wickets.
In reply, Kings XI Punjab started strong as Lokesh Rahul scored 94 runs off 60 deliveries with the help of 3 sixes and 10 boundaries. Aaron Finch scored 46 runs but once the top three got out, they failed to reach the target and fell short by 3 runs in the last ball of the final over.
The decision to send Axar Patel ahead of Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwari too backfired.
Jasprit Bumrah ended with match-winning figures of 4-0-15-3 while Mitchell McClenaghan.
Bumrah was adjudged Man of the Match.
Yesterday’s KXIP loss ensured one of the four teams will qualify with 14 points on Net Run Rate basis.
Mumbai Indians are the defending champions.
In today’s match, Royal Challengers Bangalore will play Sunrisers Hyderabad at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bengaluru. SRH has already qualified in the semi-final, however, a win for RCB will keep them alive in the tournament.