Mumbai: Mumbai Indians kept their play-offs hopes alive as the hosts edged past Kings XI Punjab by three runs in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match here on Wednesday. With the duo's efforts, Mumbai reached a total of 186 runs. KL Rahul was in sublime form on 76 off 51, Aaron Finch was playing second fiddle on 46 off 34, there was some dew to trouble the bowlers, there were short boundaries to target for the batsmen, and Jasprit Bumrah, who had two overs left, had not been at his best this IPL. Chasing 187 to win, Rahul blasted 10 fours and three sixes in his 60-ball 94-run innings and shared a 111-run second wicket partnership with Aaron Finch (46) taking his team nearly to the brink of winning the match.
Jasprit Bumrah ended with match-winning figures of 4-0-15-3 while Mitchell McClenaghan.
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Mathematically, Kings XI has got an opportunity to make it to number four in the table, i.e., to be in the first four to get itself a berth in the IPL 2018 playoffs. Their path will be made easier if Delhi Daredevils beat Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings beat Kings XI Punjab. KL Rahul and Aaron Finch had all the answers, barring one - while they looked supremely at comfort, they did not attack soon enough. With 22 runs to defend off 12 balls, he conceded just six and had Rahul caught at long-off. The 12-minute interruption due to power failure injected some much-needed ammo in Mumbai' batting unit as Pollard and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23) hammered 49 runs in three overs (Overs 12 to 14).
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As per the current scenario, while a win looks likely to give the MI a spot in the IPL playoffs, for KXIP a victory in even the final league match doesn't guarantee progression.
Interestingly, KXIP are coming on the back of a 10-wicket loss to Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), in a match where the 2014 finalists collapsed to 88. In a must-win match for Mumbai, their ace bowler delivered - and how! Batsmen Mayank Agarwal is getting regular chances, but he has failed to score runs for his team. The 38-year-old West Indian opener scored 302 runs in his first 5 innings but has tapered away in the last few games. They clobbered Hardik for 19 runs to the set the tone of the innings.
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However, Mumbai's middle order failed miserably including skipper Rohit. Bumrah was brought on to bowl in the 19th overs, and he snapped up KL Rahul on 94, when he had nearly seen Punjab through.