Bumrah trumps Rahul, Mumbai seal thriller

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Defending champion Mumbai Indians pulled off a three-run victory over Aaron Finch's Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier and stayed in contention for a place in the playoffs. Meanwhile, this will be 13th match for both MI and KXIP.

Mumbai: Despite a late surge, Mumbai Indians are in danger of not making the play-offs after a crucial loss against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday.

Mumbai Indians celebrate fall of Chris Gayle's wicket.

This content is restricted to site members. While Kohli's knock came off 28 balls, containing six fours and couple of sixes, Parthiv faced 22 deliveries, smashing seven boundaries.

Hosts Mumbai Indians will fancy beating a floundering Kings XI Punjab when both sides face-off in a must-win match today.

Bumrah trumps Rahul, Mumbai seal thriller
Bumrah trumps Rahul, Mumbai seal thriller

On the whole, Punjab batting has let them down. Having lost Chris Gayle (18 runs) in the earlier stages, Aaron Finch and Rahul put up a 111-run stand for the third wicket before Finch departed for 46 in the 17 over, courtesy a Jasprit Bumrah wicket.

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.

The fast bowler took three wickets in miserly spell, conceding only 15 runs as Kings XI Punjab managed to make 183, falling three short of Mumbai's total of 186 for eight. KXIP, who largely used Andrew Tye in the second half of the innings, in a surprising move, got him to bowl two of the powerplay overs. And when Rohit Sharma's mistimed pull found mid-on, Mumbai were caught in an awkward position at 71 for 4 in the ninth over.

WICKET! MI lose another one as Ben Cutting finds Axar Patel at deep mid-wicket. Yadav (27 off 15) fell the very next ball and Mumbai, with 60 for 3 in six overs, had mixed feelings about the Power Play.

Two changes for us, Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary are back, they replace Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. Their woes at home were best summed up when two light towers blanked out for a good long 10 minutes as Kieron Pollard, who replaced JP Duminy, tried to resurrect the innings with Krunal Pandya. A 10-wicket loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore, after being shot out for just 88, severely affected their net run rate (-0.518) which is the worst of all teams. Other players also played well but they lost the match by three runs. In comparison, Chris Gayle's 368 runs is nearly 300 runs behind Rahul's tally, with right-hander accumulating 652 runs from 13 attempts and snatching the Orange Cap from Delhi's Risabh Pant.

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