IPL 2018: MI stay alive with tense 6-wicket win over KXIP

Rohit who scored 24 runs off 15 balls became the first Indian cricketer to hit 300 sixes or more across the Twenty20 format

IPL 2018: MI stay alive with tense 6-wicket win over KXIP

Mumbai Indians kept their playoff hopes in the IPL alive with a 13-run victory over Kolkata Knight Riders in a must-win clash at the Wankhede stadium on Sunday. Gayle and Rahul were exceptional in Punjab's previous match against MI and it was after Rahul's departure that the Punjab team never quite got going. Player of the Match Suryakumar Yadav made 57 runs and gave MI the ideal start in such a situation. Finally by losing four wickets in 120 runs, captain Sharma and Pandya led the team to victory with 24 and 31 runs respectively.

Kings XI's last match was a low scoring affair against Sunrisers Hyderabad as they produced a fine bowling display to hold the Sunrisers to 132 but as has happened so often during this tournament, SRH well and truly choked the Kings XI into submission and were eventually bowled out for just 119.

KXIP have been a force to reckon in IPL 2018 with their red-hot opening pair Chris Gayle and KL Rahul who seemed to have etched themselves as one of the most prolific pairs in the cash-rich league. However, things began to fall apart after Rahul went down in the seventh over. That means that whenever Yuvraj has faced 30-plus balls in an innings, since IPL 2015, he strikes at 140.61.

Gayle was then joined by veteran Yuvraj Singh and the duo stitched a 34-run partnership for the second wicket before pacer Ben Cutting ended the Caribbean southpaw's innings in the 12th over.

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Gayle, though, was unperturbed as he hit six fours and two sixes. The trio's poor form could be a cause of concern for the team management and this is high time for them to come out with their best. Yadav scored 57 runs and Lewis scored 10 runs only. He was dismissed in the following over when he miscued a knuckle ball from Stoinis and the skier was pouched by KL Rahul.

He remained unbeaten on 84 runs off just 54 deliveries with 7 fours and 3 sixes as all his shots were absolutely sublime. While Rohit's knock was about elegance, Krunal plundered the KXIP bowlers.

They put on 29 runs off 17 balls for the sixth wicket, with Stoinis taking 22 runs off Hardik Pandya's (1-44) last over. In the rocking the bowling alley office, Mumbai will indeed depend on youthful spinner Mayank Markande, who has so far packed away 11 wickets from eight recreations with his leg-turn. It clocked around 145 kph and was bowled short by the bowler as Rahul stayed back and played an upper cut over the third man to send it deep into the stands. Soon, he castled Jofra Archer with a beauty of a delivery which pitched on off and turned back on sharply as the batsman could only stand in disbelief.it was a sensational spell and he returned with the magical figures of 3/27.

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