IPL 2018 Score, MI vs KXIP: West Indian power-hitter Keiron Pollard finally found his groove with a fiery 50 to bail Mumbai Indians out of trouble and post a challenging 186/8 against Kings XI Punjab in a crunch Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede Stadium. Pollard struck a 23-ball 50, containing five boundaries and three sixes and more importantly was engaged in a 65-run fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls; 4×1, 6×2) to steady Mumbai’s start that saw Punjab pacer Andrew Tye (4/16) striking thrice in the powerplay.
Put in to bat, Mumbai were off to a flying start with the in-form Suryakumar Yadav (27 from 15 balls; 4×3, 6×2) and Evin Lewis (9) putting on 37 runs in the first three overs before Australian Andrew Tye’s triple strikes reduced the hosts to 59/3 in no time.
Continuing his glorious run with the bat, Suryakumar started off in his customary style before breaking loose as he smacked rookie pacer Ankit Rajpoot for two fours and as many sixes to milk 21 runs off the second over of the innings before Tye was employed into the attack.
Tye struck on the very first ball of his spell with a well-disguised knuckle ball that broke through the defences of Lewis before removing Yadav and wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (20 off 12; 4×1, 6×2) off consecutive deliveries in his second over.
Here are MI vs KXIP Cricket Score:
11:32 PM: Kings XI Punjab require another 60 runs with 9 wickets and 30 balls remaining.
11:01 PM: 600 runs for Rahul in IPL 2018: only three Indians have done it before – Tendulkar (618 in 2010), Uthappa (660 in 2014) and Kohli (973 in 2016).
10:33 PM: Kings XI Punjab require another 159 runs with 10 wickets and 17.0 overs remaining.
10:30 PM: KL Rahul has been hittting more sixes than 4s in this tournament ! Any cause for his transformation? I will call him a classic power packed guy now! ” — It looks like he has worked on extending his arms to lift more drives over the in-field. And he’s been near perfect at using the pace of short balls to find boundaries behind the wicket.
10.05pm The kind of half after which you aren’t quite sure which team has the edge. Mumbai were in trouble at 71 for 4 but have recovered well to make 186. Kings XI would’ve feel they let their opponents off the hook but have the knowledge of this being a high-scoring venue where tall scores have been chased down. They’ll also know dew could play a part at some stage to aid their chase. Don’t go too far away. Varun Shetty will be with you shortly for the chase. Time to grab some dinner. See ya!
Andrew Tye who finishes with 4 for 16 says: Hopefully that purplecap doesn’t go anywhere now, feels good to have it. I just managed to put the ball in the right areas, I guess. I was patient, lucky enough to get a wicket first ball. Sometimes in the Powerplay the knuckleball can be a bit tricky because the new ball is slippery. Glad it came out well today. Hopefully we can chase this down, they were on track for 225-230, to keep it down to 186 is a superb effort.”
9:00 PM: And with that shot by Pollard, its was the first boundary in last 30 balls.
8:54 PM: Did Rohit ask his team to play fearless cricket or careless cricket? What a frustrating display of batting.
8:40 PM: KXIP bowlers in powerplay:
Andrew Tye – 2 overs, 5 runs, 3 wkts
Others – 4 overs, 55 runs, 0 wkts
8:21 PM: Similar scenes in last few matches for KXIP. Opening spell bowlers leak runs, Tye comes in and takes a wicket.
8:06 PM: Were those chants of “Yuvi Yuvi Yuvi” or “Lewis Lewis Lewis”? Possible, possible.
7:36 PM: Tails is the call from Ashwin, tails it is. Kings XI Punjab will bowl first. Ashwin wants to ride on the dew factor later in the game. Rohit calls for his side to play fearless cricket.
Mumbai Indians changes: Pollard comes in for JP Duminy
Kings XI changes: Yuvraj and Tiwary in. Mayank, Karun Nair out. “Mujeeb isn’t ready yet,” says Ashwin.
Here are Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab squads:
Mumbai Indians 1 Evin Lewis, 2 Suryakumar Yadav, 3 Rohit Sharma (capt), 4 Ishan Kishan (wk), 5 Hardik Pandya, 6 Krunal Pandya, 7 Ben Cutting, 8 Kieron Pollard, 9 Mitchell McClenaghan, 10 Jasprit Bumrah, 11 Mayank Markande
Kings XI Punjab 1 KL Rahul (wk), 2 Chris Gayle, 3 Yuvraj Singh, 4 Manoj Tiwary, 5 Aaron Finch, 6 Marcus Stoinis, 7 Axar Patel, 8 R Ashwin (capt), 9 Andrew Tye, 10 Mohit Sharma, 11 Ankit Rajpoot