Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab

Lokesh Rahul on way to his 94 on Wednesday

Lokesh Rahul on way to his 94 on Wednesday

Mumbai Indians batted well. He pulled Rajpoot, who gave away 28 runs in his first two overs, without muscle to give Yuvraj Singh a simple catch at mid-on.

Mumbai Indians' top gun Rohit Sharma has failed to fire when it mattered the most. "This experience of playing all the games for a franchise like MI is going to help him going forward in his career", Tare told reporters. Hence it is predicted that Mumbai Indians will win this match against Kings XI Punjab. Krunal struck two maximums and a boundary in the 12th over of the innings from Marcus Stoinis while Pollard hammered a couple of boundaries and a six off Rajpoot in 14th over. I was clear and it was a good day and it worked. Tye bowled another good spell in the death.

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186 for 8 in 20 overs (K Pollard 50; A Tye 4/16).

For as poor as KXIP's batting has been, their openers have been in superb form.

And, Bumrah hit the final nail into KXIP's coffin by removing the exhausted Rahul, who was six short of the century. Keeping up with the pace of MI's innings, KXIP put on 57 for 1 in the Powerplay.

There was a bit of MS Dhoni in the Finch-Rahul duo as far chasing Wednesday's target was concerned.

The real platform for KXIP's chase was set by the second wicket pair of Finch and Rahul. It is hot and humid in Mumbai, and the pitch is expected to offer something for both the batsmen and bowlers provided they execute their skills well.

Kieron Pollard top-scored with a 23-ball 50, while Krunal Pandhya contributed with a 23-ball 32. On most occasions, such games are usually tilted in favour of the batting side, especially with an in-form batter still unbeaten in his 70s. And to do that they might try Axar Patel.

The game changed in the 17th over when Bumrah dismissed Finch and Marcus Stoinis.

Rahul was caught at long-off by Ben Cutting. But his assault was cut short by Bumrah who had him mistime a shot over the in-field straight to Hardik in the deep. In the end KXIP fell 3 short.

But what can be missed is the mark difference in the fielding of both the sides.

However, the big blow for KXIP came when KL Rahul was dismissed for 94.

Where do they go from here? MI, on the other hand are better placed ahead of their last league game against DD in Delhi (May 20). They had plundered 72 runs in the span of five overs after the light-break to be in position of strength after 15 overs.

Post the embarrassing loss to Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last game, KXIP skipper Ashwin was extremely disheartened on his team's performance.

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