Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
Sport | By Gary Shelton

Kieron Pollard smashes fifty for MI against KXIP in IPL 2018

Kieron Pollard smashes fifty for MI against KXIP in IPL 2018

Defending champions Mumbai Indians kept themselves alive in the tournament as they defeated Kings XI Punjab by three runs in their must-win game at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.

FIFTY! It's half-century no 10 for KL Rahul as he reaches the landmark in 36 balls.

The Kings XI got their chase off to great start thanks to Rahul and Aaron Finch (46) who had lifted the visitors to 145 for 1 at the end of the 16th over and looked odds on to take the contest home.

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Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab - are tied with 12 points from as many games.

This win keeps Mumbai in the hunt for a playoff spot.

McClenaghan then added to his evening with the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle, dismissing the T20 superstar for 18 runs. Miller has a total of 50 runs in two matches with an unbeaten knock to his name, meaning he averages 50 in IPL 2018.

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Despite having one of the most unsafe opening pair (Lokesh Rahul and Chris Gayle) in their batting line up and one of the most prominent bowlers (Andrew Tye and Mujeed Ur Rahman) the team have not yet qualified for play-offs berth.

McClenaghan then kept his nerve in the last over and despite conceding 13 runs, the left-arm seamer ensured Mumbai climbed to No 4 in the table with 12 points.

Mumbai - who have found form at the right time, winning five of their last seven after earning only one victory from their first six - managed 186-8 after being put into bat by Kings XI, with Kieron Pollard striking a 23-ball 50 on his return to the side following a spell on the sidelines due to poor form. The two teams have previously met in this year's IPL, with Mumbai beating Punjab on that occasion in Indore.

Suryakumar Yadav got a flying start scoring 27 runs off 15 balls with 3 fours and 2 sixes, while his opening partner Evin Lewis (9 off 7) was clean bowled by a fantastic delivery by Andrew Tye. While MI lost five out of their first six games.

Both batsmen fell in successive overs as Krunal was deceived by Marcus Stoinis slower delivery and pulled it to short fine leg.

Thursday's IPL encounter sees Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore need a win against table-toppers Sunrisers Hyderabad to stay in the playoff hunt. In comparison, Chris Gayle's 368 runs is nearly 300 runs behind Rahul's tally, with right-hander accumulating 652 runs from 13 attempts and snatching the Orange Cap from Delhi's Risabh Pant.

The Aussie pack: In addition to Tye's third bag of wickets this season, the Aussies played major roles in the outcome of the vital clash in Mumbai.

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