Seamer Jasprit Bumrah snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their playoff hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match at the Wankhede on Wednesday night. 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) to take Punjab to the brink of a successful run-chase but Bumrah scalped three wickets in his second spell to derail the chase. Mumbai Indians thus registered their sixth win to joined Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals at 12 points in the table. (Scorecard)
Kings XI were comfortably placed at 145/1 in 16 overs when Bumrah came back to bowl his second spell and Bumrah removed Finch and Marcus Stoinis (1) before dimissing Rahul in the 19th over. Earlier, Australian seamer Tye returned with figures of 4-0-16-4 and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) took two wickets to restrict Mumbai Indians to 186-8.
IPL 2018 highlights of Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab match, straight from Wankhede, Mumbai
00:10 IST: Thank you for joining us for the live blog.
00:08 IST: Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 3 runs to remain alive in the playoffs.
00:07 IST: Four! Manoj Tiwary pulls McClenaghan for a boundary on the last ball. But it was too late.
00:05 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 8 runs in 1 ball.
00:04 IST: Six! Axar Patel smokes McClenaghan over long-on for a massive maximum. 9 in 2 balls.
00:03 IST: OUT! Yuvraj departs in search of quick runs. Slices the ball straight to the fielder in the deep. Kings XI Punjab need 15 more runs in 3 balls.
00:02 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 16 runs in 4 balls. Yuvraj Singh is on strike.
00:00 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 17 in the last over.
23:55 IST: OUT! What a turn in the game. Rahul miscues a slower ball and Ben Cutting takes a good catch. Bumrah comes to Mumbai Indians' rescue. Drama here at the Wankhede. Can Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel see their home through?
23:51 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 23 more runs in 12 balls. Can Lokesh Rahul bring see his team home?
23:50 IST: Four! KL Rahul shuffles and reverse sweeps Ben Cutting for consecutive boundaries. Rahul is edging closer to his his century.
23:49 IST: Four! Short delivery from Ben Cutting and Rahul pulls it for a much-needed boundary.
23:43 IST: OUT! Bumrah gets his second wicket of the night. Short ball from Bumrah does the trick. Stoinis looking to pull the ball, gloves it back to the keeper. Kings XI Punjab 149/3, need more 38 runs in 19 balls.
23:38 IST: OUT! Bumrah gets the much-needed breakthrough. Finch was looking to heave the seam up delivery for a big one but miscues as Hardik Pandya takes a skier. Brilliant catch from Hardik Pandya. Big, big wicket at this stage of the game. Kings XI Punjab need 42 more runs in 23 balls.
23:36 IST: Six! Two-in-two for Rahul. Couple of steps down the wicket and pummels this one into the second tier for a towering maximum.
23:35 IST: Six! Couple of steps down the track and smokes Markande for a maximum straight down the ground.
23:31 IST: Six runs of the first over after the break. Mumbai Indians bowlers are bowling magnificently as they are not letting the batsmen free their arms.
23:24 IST: Strategic timeout -- Kings XI Punjab 121/1 in 14 overs, need 66 more runs to win.
23:19 IST: 12 runs come of the McClenaghan over.
23:17 IST: Four! Full from McClenaghan and Finch lifts him over the infield for a boundary. Ben Cutting dives but to no effect.
23:16 IST: Four! McClenaghan strays on the leg side, KL Rahul rolls his wrist over the ball perfectly to guide the ball past the man short fine for a boundary. Tremendous skill from Rahul.
23:15 IST: Kings XI Punjab need 88 runs in 48 balls
23:10 IST: KL Rahul scores his 10th IPL fifty off 36 deliveries.
23:08 IST: Four! Krunal Pandya strays on the leg side, Finch, down on one knee, sweeps the ball fine with great power for a boundary.
23:04 IST: Kings XI Punjab 86/1 after 10 overs. Need 101 more runs to win.
23:02 IST: Mumbai Indians bowlers have stemmed the flow of runs and the pressure is piling up on the KXIP bowlers.
22:54 IST: Four! Short delivery from Krunal with a bit of width and Rahul rocks back and slaps the ball through the off side for a boundary. KL Rahul is changing gears now.
22:50 IST: Four! KL Rahul welcomes Mayank Markande with a boundary. Short and wide from Markande, KL Rahul rocks back and cuts it through point for a boundary.
22:48 IST: End of powerplay -- Kings XI Punjab 57/1 in 6 overs.
.@klrahul11 plays an elegant sweep shot off the bowling of Krunal Pandya which races away to the boundary.— Kings XI Punjab (@lionsdenkxip) May 16, 2018
after overs and the strategic time-out has now been taken.#LivePunjabiPlayPunjabi #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/9zR01E2b7i
22:46 IST: Four! KL Rahul is taking the attack to the opposition. He sweeps Krunal fine over the man at short fine for a boundary.
22:45 IST: Four! Couple of steps down the track and KL Rahul lifts the ball over mid-on for a boundary.
22:43 IST: Six! Hardik Pandya bowls full and in Finch's arc and gets punished. Finch throws his bat at and the ball travels rows back in the stands.
22:39 IST: Kings XI Punjab 34/1 in 4 overs.
22:38 IST: Aaron Finch is the new man in.
22:36 IST: OUT! McClenaghan strikes. Gayle miscues the pull on the short delivery and the Mumbai camp is happy. Gayle departs for 18.
22:34 IST: Six! Full from McClenaghan and Gayle rocks back a little and smokes the ball downtown for a maximum. You cannot be bowling to Gayle there.
22:33 IST: Four! KL Rahul is getting in the flow now. Drives Hardik through the cover for a terrific boundary.
22:32 IST: Four! Knuckle ball from Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul trying to defen, edges the ball past the keeper for a boundary.
22:30 IST: Four! Another short delivery from Hardik, Gayle trying to cut, edges it over the fielder at slip for a boundary. 10 runs in the first two balls.
22:29 IST: Six! Short delivery from Hardik Pandya and Chris Gayle pummels the ball with great power. Welcome to the crease, Hardik Pandya.
22:27 IST: Jasprit Bumrah bowls a fantastic over, concedes just one run.
22:23 IST: Kings XI Punjab 8/0 after the first over.
22:21 IST: Six! McClenaghan strays on the leg side, Rahul looking to work the ball around, gets a thick outside edge and the ball flies over the keeper for a maximum. The bowler is not impressed.
22:19 IST: First ball -- KL Rahul punches the ball through the offside to get off the mark.
22:17 IST: Welcome back to the chase. KL Rahul and Chris Gayle opening the batting for KXIP, while Mitchell McClenaghan opening the bowling for Mumbai Indians.
22:03 IST: Mumbai Indians post 186/8 in 20 overs vs Kings XI Punjab.
21:57 IST: Four! Short and wide from Mohit Sharma, Mayank Markande just guides the ball towards the third-man region to start the over with a boundary.
21:56 IST: Andrew Tye finishes with figures of 4/16
21:55 IST: Four! Full and wide from Tye, McClenaghan slices the ball over point to collect another boundary.
21:52 IST: OUT! It is difficult to stop Andrew Tye now as he picks his fourth wicket of the match. Hardik Pandya throws his bat at the slower wide delivery and edges it to the man at short third. Mumbai Indians lose their eighth wicket.
21:50 IST: Six! Mitchell McClenaghan, the new batsman in, clobbers Ashwin for a huge maximum on the leg-side as he gets off the mark in style. Down on one knee, McClenaghan sweeps him with brute force.
21:48 IST: OUT! Ben Cutting the new man in departs in search of quick runs. Heaves the short Ashwin ball straight to the man in the deep.
21:39 IST: OUT! Ashwin gets the big fish, Kieron Pollard departs for 50. Ashwin bowls wide and full, Pollard stretches but gets the toe-end of the bat as Aaron Finch at the boundary completes a good catch. Mumbai Indians slump further.
21:34 IST: Strategic timeout -- Mumbai Indians 151/1 in 15 overs.
21:33 IST: Six! Pollard pumps the slower ball straight down the ground for a maximum. He also scored his 13th IPL fifty.
21:28 IST: OUT! Slower ball bouncer from Stoinis, Krunal looking to pull, miscues and the short-fine takes an easy catch. Mumbai Indians 136/5 in 14.2 overs.
21:25 IST: Six - Four - Four! Pollard is taking Rajpoot to the cleaners. First he smacks the short delivery over long-on for a maximum and then follows up with two consecutive boundaries. Pollard drives Rajpoot through the the left of mid-off, Finch was late to react and hence the dive does not cut off the ball. Rajpoot strays on the leg side and Pollard says thank you as he guides the ball past the keeper for a boundary.
21:19 IST: Six! Pollard getting in the act now. Short delivery from Axar, Pollard rocks back, makes room and pummels the ball for a flat maximum over cow corner.
21:15 IST: Four! Full and wide from Stoinis, Krunal Pandya leans in and drills the ball through covers for a beautiful boundary. Display of sheer power from Krunal. 100 comes up for Mumbai Indians in the 12th over.
21:14 IST: Six! Krunal Pandya gets the ball in his arc and clobbers Stoinis towards the deep extra cover for consecutive maximum.
21:13 IST: Six! Marcus Stoinis strays on the leg side, Krunal Pandya goes with the glow and lifts the ball over the fielder at fine-leg for a maximum.
21:11 IST: Mumbai Indians 85/4 in 11 overs.
21:06 IST: Lights are on and the play resumes. Players are out on the field.
21:00 IST: Play halted due to floodlights failure.
20:58 IST: Mumbai Indians 79/4 after 10 overs.
20:56 IST: Four! Short and wide from Stoinis, Pollard stands tall and punches the ball through covers for a boundary. There was great power on that shot.
20:51 IST: Ankit Rajpoot finishes a fantastic over. Conceded just one run and dismissed MI captain Rohit Sharma.
20:46 IST: Strategic timeout -- Mumbai Indians 71/4 in 8.2 overs.
20:45 IST: OUT! Short delivery from Ankit Rajpoot, Rohit going for the pull, miscues and Yuvraj Singh at mid-on takes a good catch. Rohit Sharma's poor run in the tournament continues.
20:40 IST: Axar Patel concedes six runs in his first over.
20:36 IST: Mumbai Indians 60/3 in 6 overs. Two new batsmen for Mumbai Indians at the moment.
20:33 IST: OUT! Two-in-two for Tye and Mumbai Indians are in trouble. Short delivery from Tye outside of off, Suryakumar Yadav shuffles, trying to work the ball around, gets an inside edge and the ball ricochets off his pads back to the keeper. Hat-trick ball for Tye!
20:31 IST: OUT! Knuckle ball from Andrew Tye doing the trick once again. Kishan looking to heave the ball straight down the ground, miscues and Marcus Stoinis takes a comfortable catch at mid-on. One too many shots from Ishan Kishan.
20:28 IST: Six and six! Back-to-back maximums for Ishan Kishan. He pulls the first one towards backward square leg and then slices the second one over sweeper cover. 18 off the Mohit Sharma over.
20:25 IST: Four! Mohit Sharma bowls on a good length, the ball seams away from the left-hander. Ishan Kishan plays and edges the ball past the slip for a boundary. Lucky for the batsman, unlucky for the bowler.
20:22 IST: Andrew Tye finishes his first over, concedes two runs and takes a wicket.
20:18 IST: OUT! Andrew Tye, the new bowler in, strikes on the very first ball. Bowls a slower ball, pitched around off and seamed back into Lewis. The length made Lewis prepare for a pull as the gap between the bat and pad did the trick.
20:17 IST: Mumbai Indians 37/0 after the third over.
20:16 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery from Rajpoot, Suryakumar waits and plays it late as the ball rolls away towards the third-man region for another boundary.
20:15 IST: Six! Rajpoot is being taken to the cleaners. Full delivery gets lifted over the cover for a maximum. Suryakumar Yadav is changing his gears now.
20:14 IST: Six! Rajpoot fires in the bouncer once again and this time Suryakumar Yadav gets a thick edge on the pull as the ball flies over the fine-leg region for a maximum.
20:13 IST: Four! Short delivery from Rajpoot, Suryakumar gets into a good position and pulls the ball for a cracking boundary.
20:10 IST: Six! After few quiet deliveries, Mohit Sharma bowls full and into Lewis' arc and the ball flies down the ground for the first maximum of the night.
20:05 IST: Mumbai Indians 7/0 after the first over.
20:03 IST: Four! Rajpoot provides width outside off, Suryakumar Yadav throws his bat at the ball, edges and the ball flies past the man at slips for the first boundary of the night.
20:00 IST: First ball-- Back of a length delivery from Rajpoot to start with. Suryakumar Yadav works the ball around for the first run.
19:59 IST: Ankit Rajpoot opening the bowling for Kings XI Punjab.
19:58 IST: Alright, game time! Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav opening the batting for Mumbai Indians.
19:42 IST: Playing XI:
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot
19:34 IST: Rohit Sharma -- We were bowling first as well. Dew is a factor, but we are not worried about it, we need to play some good cricket. I have been in this position over the last few years and I know how to handle the situation. The team has handled it better than me, I think we have done well considering how we played in the first half of the tournament. We are not thinking about the Delhi match at the moment. Just one change for us, Kieron Pollard replaces JP Duminy
19:32 IST: Ashwin -- We are bowling first. Looks like there's dew here, we would like to bowl first and chase the total down. I expected some dip, that's what has happened. We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot. Two changes for us - Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary are back, they replace Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. Mujeeb is still not fit, hopefully, he will be back for the next match.
19:30 IST: Kings XI Punjab captain Ravichandran Ashwin wins toss, elects to field vs Mumbai Indians.
19:22 IST: We are minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
19:10 IST: The two teams arrive at the Wankhede for the clash.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab, straight from Wankhede.
Only Suryakumar Yadav has been among the runs on a consistent basis and MI would be pleased with the return to form of West Indian opener Evin Lewis. These two will be banked upon to provide an excellent start. But they need the others down the order especially skipper Rohit to contribute big. Save his match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore here, Rohit has failed to perform to his potential and MI need him in cracking form, backed up by the Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal.
MI's bowling too has been a worry. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan will have to bowl cleverly to stop the rampaging K L Rahul and Chris Gayle from scoring big runs. All three may come up with a short-ball attack on the rival openers as Umesh Yadav showed with great success last night for RCB. The role of leggie Mayank Markande (14 wickets) will also be crucial along with that of Krunal Pandya,
KXIP too have slumped in the latter half of the T20 League and need to improve in all departments. It has been a story similar to Mumbai's for KXIP whose openers - Rahul and Gayle - were giving them good starts until last night when both succumbed to Yadav's short balls. Rahul, who has been in the form of his life, was dismissed for 21, while Gayle, who has hit a blistering century this season, also failed and the misfiring middle order could not rescue the team which was shot out for 88, its lowest total of the season.
The hand injury to rookie Afghanistan leg-spinner Mujeeb-Ur-Rahman was a big blow to Punjab and in his likely absence Ashwin and Axar Patel need to take up the responsibility to take wickets in the middle overs. We've to try and make sure we lift ourselves. We'll have to keep a watch on the net run rate but stay positive. We've got a reasonable bowling attack and a lot of experienced international players didn't show up with the bat, remarked skipper R Ashwin after the drubbing by RCB.
Kings XI Punjab: Ravichandran Ashwin (C), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, KL Rahul, 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, Marcus Stoinis, Mayank Dagar.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McLenaghan, Mustafizur Rahaman, Jasprit Bumrah, Akila Dananjaya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy, Rahul Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Adam Milne, Siddhesh Lad, Md Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Anukul Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary.