IPL: Mumbai beat Punjab to keep play-offs hope alive

IPL: Mumbai beat Punjab to keep play-offs hope alive

Defending champion Mumbai Indians pulled off a three-run victory over Aaron Finch's Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier and stayed in contention for a place in the playoffs. The match is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST onwards.

This is unedited, unformatted feed from the Press Trust of India wire. Mumbai Indians have an advantage (11-10) when these sides have met in IPL.

The three-run loss, on the other hand, will make it extremely hard for Kings XI to enter the last four since its net run rate is the worst among the eight teams.

Just when Mumbai's dream of making it to the final four was on the verge of getting shattered, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade came up with a spirited show to register a hat-trick of wins before faltering against Rajasthan Royals in their previous game.

Tye added two more scalps off successive deliveries in his second over, the last of the Power Play. With this win, MI have now won 5 of their last seven matches.

Visitors KXIP will take on MI at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.

Needing 38 off the last three overs, Punjab took 15 runs off Ben Cutting's 18th over as Rahul (94 off 60 balls) smashed three consecutive boundaries off the Australian seamer.

In the most recent match against RCB, Kings XI Punjab were bundled out for just 88 runs.

And perhaps they did lose the plot as well towards the end of their run-chase with a couple of freakish decisions in terms of their batting-order-sending Axar Patel in before Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary in particular. On the contrary, Surya looked settled at the crease.

In the 50th game of the season, Mumbai Indians hosted Kings XI Punjab in a crucial encounter.

On the whole, Punjab batting has let them down. It's a must-win game for Mumbai Indians while Kings XI Punjab too will be looking to get back to winning ways before it is too late.

Even though Evin Lewis was bowled for 9, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan's attacking intent ensured the run rate didn't slip. However, the introduction of purple cap-holder Andrew Tye wreaked havoc for Mumbai Indians he picked three wickets in two overs, conceding just five runs in the Powerplay. Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard resurrected the innings with a stand of 65 runs off 36 balls.

The star-studded Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore is at the seventh position in the IPL table but they can still qualify for the playoff berth if they win their remaining two matches. 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.