Kings XI Punjab made lives difficult for themselves as they fell to yet another narrow defeat, this time at the hands of Mumbai Indians at the iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Batting first, Mumbai Indians rode on Kieron Pollard’s fifty, Krunal Pandya’s 32 and little cameos at the end from Mitchell McClenaghan and Mayank Markande to post a challenging total of 186/8 on a good batting track.
Andrew Tye was the pick of the Punjab bowlers who disrupted the momentum at the start and middle overs with his spell of 4/16 in four overs. The skipper Ravichandran Ashwin also supported him well with his spell of 2/18. However, expensive bowling from other bowlers let the hosts get away.
Punjab, on the other hand, looked to be in control of the chase till the 16th over with the scoreboard reading 145/1 and KL Rahul and Aaron Finch still there at the crease.
However, the 17th over from Jasprit Bumrah changed everything as he rocked Punjab with two quick wickets of Finch and Marcus Stoinis.
He came back in the 19th over to claim Rahul’s wicket as well
The last over was finished off nicely by McClenaghan who registered bowling figures of 2/37 alongside Bumrah’s 3/15 as Mumbai won by a narrow margin of three runs.