Jasprit Bumrah and Kieron Pollard Ensure Mumba…

New Delhi: It looked like a clinical show on the cards for Kings XI Punjab with KL Rahul and Aaron Finch in complete control against the Mumbai Indians bowlers at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday. But as they say, it isn’t over till the fat lady sings and Jasprit Bumrah once again showed why he is considered as one of the best in the business when it comes to bowling in the death as he not only dismissed Rahul for 94 in the 19th over, but also gave away just 6 runs as Mumbai Indians won by 3 runs to fight another day in this edition of the Indian Premier League.

Chasing 187 at the Wankhede is never a big task, and with Rahul and Finch taking control after the early loss of Chris Gayle (18) gave the Mumbai bowlers hope. But the joy was short-lived as both Rahul and Finch seemed to have a plan on their mind. They kept running the singles and hit the occasional boundary to keep the required rate under check. While Rahul played quality shots all round the wicket, Finch was more about running the hard yards.

But with 42 required off the last 4, Bumrah took the ball and immediately sent back Finch (46), caught well by Hardik Pandya as he ran in at deep mid-wicket. Bumrah wasn’t don’t yet as he bounced out Marcus Stoinis in the same over as four runs and two wickets in the 17th over ensured that Mumbai were right back in the game. And when Bumrah returned in the 19th to dismiss Rahul, it was game over. In the end, KXIP fell short as there was no one to finish the chase as a disappointed Rahul looked on.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians were off to shaky start after being put into bat by Ravichandran Ashwin. While Suryakumar Yadav took the attack to the Punjab bowlers, the most successful paceman in the red jersey this season hit back. Andrew Tye cleaned up Evin Lewis’s middle stump in the fourth over, the West Indian departing for 9.

Ishan Kishan joined Suryakumar Yadav in the middle and immediately went on the attack, hitting Mohit Sharma for a boundary and two big sixes in the fifth over as the Mumbai Indians went past the 50-run mark.

Andrew Tye bowled the last over of the powerplay and changed the script of the innings. He sent back Kishan (20) and Suryakumar (27) off consecutive deliveries to bring the Kings right back into the contest. While the left-handed Kishan holed out at mid-on while looking to clear the boundary, Suryakumar’s was a soft dismissal. The opener got an under edge while looking to pull a shortish delivery, which hit the front leg and ballooned straight to the keeper. Mumbai Indians were reeling at 60/3 at the end of the powerplay.

Ankit Rajpoot then removed the out of form Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma for just 6 runs as the hosts slumped to 71/4.

Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard steadied the ship as they played low risk shots as Mumbai Indians crawled their way to 79/4 at the end of 10 overs. Play was suspended for a little while as some of the floodlights failed. But once the lights were back on, so was Mumbai Indians’ innings.

Krunal Pandya was the first to up the ante as he hit Ankit Rajpoot for two massive sixes and a boundary off consecutive deliveries in the 12th over. Pollard came into his own in the 14th over, bowled again by the struggling Rajpoot, the burly West Indian hitting a six and two boundaries off consecutive deliveries as the Mumbai Indians run-rate skyrocketed.

Marcus Stoinis hit back for the Kings XI Punjab as he removed Krunal Pandya (32) with a slower bouncer, but Pollard continued his big hitting to slam a 22-ball half-century.

Ravichandran Ashwin came into the attack and immediately sent back Pollard (50) with a carrom ball. The Punjab captain struck a double blow as he removed Ben Cutting (4) to further dent the hosts’ charge.

Hardik Pandya struggled his way to 9 before edging one off Andrew Tye straight to Ashwin, who took an easy catch at short thirdman. Tye picking up his fourth wicket of the innings to further cement his lead in the race for the Purple Cap.

Mumbai Indians eventually meandered their way to 186/8.