IPL 2018: Kieron Pollard finally comes to party and other takeaways as Mumbai Indians keep playoff hopes alive

Ashish Peter 16/05/2018
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Pollard's struck an important half-century. Image - IPL/Twitter.

In an IPL thriller, Mumbai Indians kept their playoff hopes alive with a sensational three-run win over Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede stadium.

Having been made to bat first, Mumbai put 186-8 on the board before Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational spell took them over the finish line despite a sublime knock of 94 from KL Rahul.

TYE’S BRILLIANT SPELL ROCKS MUMBAI IN POWERPLAY

Andrew Tye was the leading wicket-taker in the IPL by some distance coming into the match and he made sure that gap only widened after his latest performance.

Making excellent use of his lethal knuckle ball, Tye cleaned up Evin Lewis’ stumps with his very first delivery after coming on to bowl the fourth over of the powerplay. Conceding only two runs in that over, the Aussie bowled an even better subsequent one.

He dismissed Ishan Kishan with another knuckle-ball before having Suryakumar Yadav caught behind with his very next delivery. His two overs in the powerplay went for only five runs and fetched three wickets. Tye bowled two more excellent overs at the death while picking up one more wicket in the form of Hardik Pandya to finish with figures of 4-16.

POLLARD FINALLY ARRIVES TO THE PARTY

Eyebrows were raised when Mumbai dropped JP Duminy to reinstate Kieron Pollard in the line-up after the West Indies all-rounder had endured a horrendous individual campaign.

In the end, Pollard ended up repaying the faith bestowed upon him by Rohit Sharma with an explosive half-century. Mumbai had been reduced to 71-4 when Pollard walked in and the 31-year-old rolled back the clock as he inflicted some lusty blows to the Kings XI bowlers.

He notched up a 22-ball half-century with the help of five boundaries and three sixes before being dismissed by Ashwin. His entertaining cameo though had given the hosts a fighting chance by the time it came to an end.

BUMRAH THWARTS KL RAHUL AND PUNJAB

In-form KL Rahul looked like he was single-handedly going to drag Kings XI to victory with his sixth half-century in this year’s IPL. His 111-run partnership for the second wicket with Aaron Finch looked to be enough to ensure a Punjab victory but then Jasprit Bumrah turned it around with an exceptional spell of death bowling.

After an economical first over in the powerplay, Bumrah returned at the death like a man possessed as he removed Finch and Marcus Stoinis in the same over. In the last over of his brilliant spell, the Mumbai pacer had Rahul caught at long-off for 94 to deliver the final nail in the coffin for Punjab.

Ultimately, Bumrah’s spell of 3-15 in four overs was the difference between the two sides as Mumbai kept their playoff hopes alive.

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Kings XI Punjab need to recover quickly from their 10-wicket drubbing at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore as they take on Mumbai Indians in the IPL on Wednesday.

Kings XI skipper Ravichandran Ashwin won the toss and elected bowl first. For the visitors, Mujeeb ur Rahman  missed out for the second match in row as he failed to recover from the injury sustained on his bowling hand. Veteran Yuvraj Singh was reinstated into the line-up as Karun Nair missed out.

The hosts were given a solid start from openers Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis before Andrew Tye tore through the top-order to reduce Mumbai Indians to 71-4. It took a 22-ball 50 from the returning Kieron Pollard to get Mumbai’s innings back on track as the hosts finished on 186-6 from their 20 overs. Tye was the pick of Kings XI’s bowlers as the Aussie pacer finished with excellent figures of 4-16 from his four overs.

In reply, Kings XI Punjab looked to be motoring alone to a comfortable win after a 111-run partnership for the second wicket between KL Rahul Aaron Finch. However, an inspired shore of death bowling from Jasprit Bumrah saw the hosts cling on to a three-run win to keep their playoff hopes well and truly alive. Rahul top scored for Punjab with 94 (60) while Bumrah was the star with the ball for Mumbai with figures of 3-15 from his four overs.

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