I stuck with my plans against Kings: Bumrah

I stuck with my plans against Kings: Bumrah

On Wednesday, MI host Kings XI Punjab in a virtual knockout game at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai in match 50 of VIVO IPL 2018. 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.

With this win, Mumbai Indians have moved to fourth position on the points table.

Kings XI Punjab has great star players like Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, and Marcus Stonis, who can damage the opponent and change the game at any moment. Bowling the 17th over he leaked just 4 runs and scalped the wickets of Finch and Marcus Stoinis (1).

The Mumbai Indians and the Kings XI Punjab faced off in an attempt to clinch a berth in the IPL 2018 playoffs. Other than him, the in-form players Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis will be the key.

In a match that stretched well beyond midnight, owing to a 12-minute interruption due to floodlight failure coupled with a miserable over-rate by the teams, Mumbai successfully defended a total of 186 for eight.

Mumbai will once again rely on opener Suryakumar Yadav, who has been consistent with the bat, amassing 473 runs from 12 innings.

What they saidRohit Sharma: We were looking to bowl first as well.

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

He notched up a 22-ball half-century with the help of five boundaries and three sixes before being dismissed by Ashwin. KL Rahul's heroics Chris Gayle played some unbelievable shots in the initial over but was removed by McClenaghan for 18 runs. "I plan and back myself in whichever situation I'm bowling", Bumrah said at the post-match press conference that continued way beyond midnight.

In the bowling department, Australian pacer Andrew Tye (20 wickets) and Afghan teenaged spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) have been brilliant.

Keeping with Mumbai's modus operandi, Krunal Pandya and Pollard too showed no inclination to take their innings deep. Ashwin held himself and Tye back while Pollard was on the rampage, but returned in the 16th over to have him hole out to long-off with a wide and full delivery that made him reach out. Though Rahul played till the 19th over but there was no other batsman who took the responsibility of finishing the game as his superb knock of 94 went in vain. MI skipper Rohit Sharma scored only 6 runs.

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