That's it then! Sensational from Krunal Pandya, completely changes the game single handedly here. Ends unbeaten 31 on 11 balls here..Sensational this and Mumbai coast home in the end, registering a 6-wicket victory and keeping their campaign alive.
FOUR and SIX! Krunal Pandya is doing it in some style here, Andrew Tye going the distance. 50 partnership is also up now off just 19 balls..Mumbai need just 5 runs to win now..
That's the over then! Stoinis concedes 20 runs from that over and Mumbai Indians have certainly taken control of proceedings here, three boundaries and then a huge six from Krunal Pandya. Certainly changing the game here, MI need just 16 from 2 overs here
FOUR! Rohit Sharma is doing it in style here, this time through the offside. The ball goes past the mid-wicket fielder and straight into the boundary board. MI are slowly starting to get back here
Rohit Sharma turning on the style here! Targets Mujeeb Ur Rahman gets two huge sixes from that one, 36 runs required from 3 overs now. Mujeeb concedes 13 from that one. MI 139/4
Krunal Pandya gets off the mark with a boundary there but then plays two dot balls. Every dot ball will increase the pressure for Mumbai, they need 50 from the final 4. Certainly need Rohit to stay till the end
WICKET! Andrew Tye gets the big wicket of Hardik Pandya here, he was looking good. This was the slower ball and Hardik is through the shot early. Ball rattles onto the middle stump here. Hardik departs for 23! KXIP edging ahead here! MI are 120/4 as we break for a strategic timeout.
Now we enter the final 5 overs of the innings here, 8 runs only from the Mujeeb over despite a huge six by Pandya. Mumbai are 119/3 after 15 overs here. 57 required off final 5
SIX! Majestic from Hardik Pandya there, gets underneath one from Mujeeb and hits it straight past him. Its gone into the second tier there. Huge one this, Mumbai are 118/3..
Big over this for Mumbai Indians and they need more such overs here, the requred run-rate keeps on climbing. 10 runs from the Tye over and MI are 110/3 after 14 overs
WICKET! Mujeeb Ur Rahman you beauty, Ishan launches him for a six but the young Afghan spinner comes back beautifully, gets the ball to come back in and clatters the stumps. MI are 100/3.
Hardik Pandya has come out in the middle ahead of Rohit Sharma here..interesting move this..
WICKET! That's the big wicket Mumbai needed, Suryakumar Yadav was striking the ball well. This one he just manages to top edge though. It goes high up in the air but KL Rahul does well to get underneath the ball and complete the catch. Mumbai are 80/2
STAT ATTACK: 10.5: First boundary by an MI batsman other than SKY this innings. It’s also the first boundary off Ashwin in this match.
SIX! Ishan Kishan gets a timely six here, much needed for Mumbai Indians, he has taken his time to settle in here and will now like to go big. He gets to 12 off 15 balls. 11 overs gone here and Mumbai are 76/1
SIX and FOUR! Suryakumar Yadav completes his half-century here, been a brilliant effort from him. Important that he carries on here and keeps Mumbai alive, Rajpoot traveling the distance today!
Rajpoot to start the proceedings after the break here..
Stoinis concedes 6 runs from that over and Mumbai crawl to 55/1 after 9 overs, its also time for the strategic timeout here..Mumbai might well want to rework their strategy here..
Overs 1-4: 32/0 (2x4, 1x6), RR: 8.00)
Overs 5-7: 8/1 (1x4), RR: 2.67
At the end of the 8th over: -
SKY has scored 35 of the 49 runs MI have managed (71.43%)
SKY accounted for all boundaries hit by MI (5/5)
The required run rate keeps on rising here..its above 10 at the moment for Mumbai, not a reason to worry but they will certainly be keeping an eye on here. Stoinis comes into the attack..
Axar Patel comes into the attack now, not the best of starts as he slips onto the pads and concedes a boundary there. MI are 49/1 after 8 overs here
Ashwin comes in for his third over, KXIP will be looking to pile on the pressure here and pick a couple of mroe wickets. Ashwin concedes just 1 and MI are 40/1 after 7 overs
WICKET! Mujeeb comes into the attack and straightaway gets the wicket. The ball is bowled a bit wide and Lewis looks to cut, he just manages to get an edge and Rahul takes the catch. MI are 38/1
Andrew Tye comes into the attack here and after conceding a boundary off the first ball, he does well to concede just 5 runs in the over. Mumbai Indians are 37/0 after 5 overs here.
Expensive over from Rajpoot, he concedes 12 runs from that one and Mumbai Indians have moved on to 32/0 after 4 overs here. They have gotten off to a good start in this chase.
SIX! Suryakumar Yadav picks off his pads and deposits the ball into the stands. Superb timing yet again, second six for Suryakumar and he is really going after Rajpoot here
Ashwin's first over
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Ashwin’s second over
1 1 1 1 2 1
10 consecutive singles off Ashwin, followed by a 2 and then a single!
Ashwin continues from the other end, and he concedes 7 runs from the over. Not really threatening there, the Indian spinner. MI are 20/0 after 3 overs.
SIX! Mumbai Indians get their first six of the innings and it was much required, Suryakumar pulls it with force and it goes just over the fielder, clattering onto the side board. MI are 13/0 after 2 overs.
PREVIEW: Defending champions Mumbai Indians will be aiming to sort their 'opening woes' in both departments of the game when they take on a rejuvenated Kings XI Punjab in a must-win IPL encounter, here on Friday. The three-time IPL champions are staring at an inglorious exit having brought up the rear so far, with only two wins in their kitty from eight games. On the other hand, Kings XI Punjab, under Ravichandran Ashwin's leadership, have won five out of their seven games, slowly but surely inching towards the Play-Offs. A week off has certainly helped the likes of Chris Gayle and KL Rahul recharge their batteries and they will be aiming to come out all guns blazing at their adopted home. Kings XI Punjab's season has been about collective performance. They don't have the 'Orange Cap' or 'Purple Cap' holders in their ranks but everyone has chipped in with impactful performances as and when required. The live telecast of the IPL 2018 match between KXIP and MI will start at 8 PM on May 4 (Friday). The match can be seen live on the Star Sports network and live streaming will be available on hotstar.com. You can also follow the match live blog for ball-by-ball updates, full score and IPL match highlight on cricketnext.com.
'Universe Boss' Chris Gayle (252 runs) came into the tournament with a bruised ego and battered the bowlers into submission with two half centuries and a hundred. Rahul (268 runs) also showed why he is rated so highly with the fastest ever 50 in IPL. Afghanistan's rookie mystery spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman, with an economy rate of 6.51 and seven wickets, has been nurtured well by skipper Ashwin, who has marshalled his resources well. The pace duo of Ankit Rajpoot (7 wickets at 6.27) and Andrew Tye (9 wickets at 7.78) have also done the job for the Preity Zinta co-owned outfit. For Mumbai, the primary reason for six defeats in eight matches has been poor start by openers along with new ball bowlers leaking too many runs in Powerplay overs.
While Suryakumar Yadav, with 283 runs from eight games, has performed decently after being promoted up the order, Caribbean left-hander Evin Lewis (194 in 7 games) has not been able to replicate his form in international matches. Skipper Rohit Sharma (196 in 8 matches) has shuffled his own batting position but his inconsistency has also hurt Mumbai Indians big time.
The opening stands in eight games has so far yielded: 7, 11, 102, 0, 1, 12, 69, 5. A look at the statistics will reveal that they have got solid foundation in only two games of which they won the match against CSK. The other problem that has plagued Mumbai has been the performance of their two all-rounders -- Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya.
With Pollard not fit enough to bowl, his contribution of 76 runs in 6 innings has been an issue. Hardik has also blown hot 'n' cold during the season with 111 runs, including a toiling 50 in the last game along with 11 wickets. Left-arm pacers Mustafizur Rahaman (7 wickets) and Mitchell McLenaghan (9 wickets) have both been expensive at the start and back-end of the opposition innings with unimpressive economy rates of 8.34 and 8.66 respectively. That has put immense pressure on Jasprit Bumrah (9 wickets at an economy rate of 7) and Hardik (11 eickets at 8.74).
The only silver lining for the Mumbai Indians this season has been the emergence of young leg-spinner Mayank Markande (11 wickets) . The teenager has shown admirable temperament against the biggest names. However it will depend on the big guns as to whether IPL's most successful franchise makes it to the Play-Offs this time.
Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (captain), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul (wk), Karun Nair, Mohit Sharma, Mujeeb ur Rahman, Barinder Sran, David Miller, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Axar Patel, Akshdeep Nath, Mayank Agarwal, Manoj Tiwary, Yuvraj Singh, Manzoor Dar Pandav, Pardeep Sahu, Ben Dwarshuis, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Dagar.