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. Mumbai jumped to fourth in the Indian Premier League standings after registering their sixth win in 13 games.
KL Rahul’s 94 went in vain as Kings XI ended agonisingly short of their 187-run target to suffer their seventh defeat of the season as they dropped down to sixth in the points table. Jasprit Bumrah (3/15) produced a spirited performance to stop Kings XI at 183/5 in 20 overs.
Defending 17 off final over, Mitchell McClenaghan (2/37) gave away just two runs and took the wicket of Yuvraj Singh to change the equation to 15 off 3 balls. Axar (10 not out) hit a six in the fourth ball and Manoj Tiwary (4*) hit a four off the last ball, but still they ended up short.
Rahul and Chris Gayle gave Kings XI run chase a fiery start. Gayle and Rahul clobbered 19 runs in the third over off Hardik Pandya, with the West Indian hitting a six and a four while the Indian smashed back-to-back fours as Kings XI reached 28/0.
But Gayle top-edged one off McClenaghan as Mumbai got a big breakthrough in the fourth over. Gayle hit a six and two fours during his 11-ball 18 knock.