Kieron Pollard smashes fifty for MI against KXIP in IPL 2018


For Mumbai Indians it has been a topsy-turvy quest to defend the IPL title - from the auction to their last tie, the team is let down the most by its biggest investment for the season. Looks like there's dew here, we would like to bowl first and chase the total down. The momentum, though, was firmly with Mumbai by then. Faced with all that adversity, Mumbai needed both skill and luck.

Keiron Pollard plays a shot. One of them hung on till the penultimate over of the chase, but the other - Gayle - fell yet again to a short ball after getting off to a quick start.

Cutting was expensive in the 18th but Bumrah's 19th over was a good one with Rahul failing to clear long off with nine balls remaining. Mayank Agarwal is also having a nightmarish tournament having amassed only 120 runs in 11 matches.

However, for the must-win encounter against Kings XI, Pollard was brought back in place of JP Duminy. But they can not avail its advantage if they lose to Kings XI. But once the lights were back on, so was Mumbai Indians' innings. It's the middle order of team which has been its undoing.

Here's what's in store in the Indian Premier League today. Together, they faced 27 balls and hit four fours and four sixes, putting Mumbai on course. Off the next ball, Yadav's awkward pull found the inside edge on to his thigh before popping up to the wicketkeeper. Most of Mumbai's problems were down to Tye's unique skill - swerving knuckle balls - which forced them to reassess their innings. For the starters, if MI lose today, they will be out of the IPL.

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Again, at no point did Mumbai change tactics. Both the teams will be looking to surge into top four as they face off for the second time this season.

Earlier, put into bat, Yadav and Lewis managed to put just 37 runs for the first wicket. After Chris Gayle fell early after a brisk 18, Rahul found a ideal ally in Aaron Finch.

Tom Curran is in the Kolkata ranks and seemingly competing with Australian Mitchell Johnson and West Indian Javon Searles for a spot in the seam attack - Searles played against Kings XI but went for a whopping 52 runs from his four overs, so Curran will be hopeful of a recall.

Mumbai risked Mayank Markande with the 16th over.

Opposition opener Sunil Narine also gives it a wallop up top, the Trinidadian blazing 75 from just 36 balls against Kings XI at the weekend, while he has also bagged 14 wickets with his spin. But Bumrah's excellent final spell, 2-0-10-3, and wickets at inopportune moments meant Kings XI's playoffs chances took a heavy beating.