A late flourish by Marcus Stoinis helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) reach 174/6 against Mumbai Indians (MI) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) clash on Friday at the Holkar Stadium in Indore. In return, Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis take centre-stage. Meanwhile, Ravichandran Ashwin opened the bowling attack.
As per the report, MI 13/0 at the end of 2 overs.
Put into bat first by Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle got off to a decent start as they both stitched a 54-run partnership for the first wicket. Rahul departed for 24 and Gayle continued his impressive form with the bat after hitting his 24th IPL fifty. Gayle started slowly but made up later for the lack of runs with his power hitting. His innings was laced with six fours and two sixes.
Yuvraj Singh’s slump in form continued as he failed to score runs as he got dismissed for 14 runs after a horrendous run-out in the 13th over. Karun Nair hit a quickfire 23 runs while Axar Patel (13) chipped with a few runs.
Mumbai skipper Rohit used seven bowlers of which Jasprit Bumrah (1/19) stood out while Mitchell McClenaghan (1/31) also bowled well. A late cameo of 29 runs off 15 balls by Stoinis helped Punjab reach a respectable total.
Mumbai Indians in danger of missing out on the playoff spot after winning only two matches out of the eight they have played. The defending champions need to win their remaining six matches to keep their hopes alive. But they face a formidable Kings XI Punjab which is coming off a week-long break.