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NEW DELHI: Late surge by Krunal Pandya (31 not out) and Rohit Sharma (24 not out) helped Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets as they kept themselves alive in the tournament on Friday. With third victory from nine games, Mumbai jumped to fifth in the 2018 Indian Premier League standings with six points.

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Mumbai, who were at the bottom of the pile, chased down the challenging 175-run target with an over to spare. It was KXIP’s third defeat in eight games as they remained at fourth in the points table with 10 points.

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Mumbai needed 50 off final four overs, when Krunal joined his skipper Rohit, but they took just three to take the team home. Krunal’s magnificent 12-ball cameo was studded with two sixes and four fours, while Rohit smacked two sixes and a four during his 15-ball knock. The duo added unconquered match-winning 56 runs for the fifth wicket.

Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis started the run chase steadily before the former scored 12 off Ankit Rajpoot hitting a six and a four to take Mumbai to 32/0 in four overs. But the introduction of young Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the sixth over gave KXIP their first breakthrough as the Afghan spinner dismissed Lewis (10) to reduce Mumbai to 38/1 in 5.4 overs.

KXIP bowlers tightened the screw with some tidy overs but Suryakumar kept the visitors in the hunt. Suryakumar targeted Rajpoot again by hitting a six and a four in consecutive balls to reach his fifty in 34 balls. But ten balls later in the 12th over, Marcus Stoinis scalped Suryakumar to put KXIP in the front seat. Suryakumar scored 57 off 42 balls with the help of three sixes and six fours.

Ishan, who was struggling to get going till then, hit couple of sixes before becoming the second victim of Mujeeb in the next over. Ishan smacked three sixes during his 19-ball 25 innings. Hardik Pandya then hit a six and two fours and scored 23 off 13 balls before falling to Andrew Tye in the 16th over.

Rohit changed gears and hit two sixes to score 14 runs off Mujeeb’s (2/37) final over. Krunal smacked two fours and a six in consecutive balls off Stoinis to change the equation upside down as MI needed just 16 off final two overs.

Krunal then hit a four and a six off Tye in the penultimate over as Mumbai achieved the target easily.

Earlier, Chris Gayle continued his explosive run in the IPL with a 50 off 40 balls, propelling KXIP to 174/6.

Gayle collected just one run off the first eight balls he faced before racing to his half century, his fourth fifty-plus score in five innings this season. He alongwith KL Rahul (24 off 20) gave KXIP another cracking start as the destructive duo shared a 54-run stand in 6.4 overs.

Rahul too was in sublime touch and looked set for a big score. Gayle got going by smashing Hardik for three fours in the fourth over.

Two overs later, Gayle pulled a short ball off Mitchel McClenaghan out of the Holkar stadium. Mumbai heaved a sigh of relief when the big-hitting Rahul was dismissed by young spinner Mayank Markande in the seventh over.

Gayle and Yuvraj Singh took the home side to 78/1 at the halfway mark. Gayle then reached his fifty off 38 balls, which included two sixes and six fours, but three balls later fell to Ben Cutting in the 12th over.

Yuvraj (14 off 14) made a disappointing comeback after being dropped in the previous game. This time the luck was also not on Yuvraj’s side as he got run out in the 13th over after a mix-up with Karun Nair (23 off 12).

KXIP lost their way in the middle overs with Nair and Axar Patel (13 off 12) getting out after promising starts. Jasprit Bumrah and Co were able to tighten things up. Bumrah especially was brilliant conceding just 19 runs in four overs, while taking the wicket of Axar.

If it was not for Stoinis, KXIP would have ended up way short of the expected mark. His unbeaten 15-ball 29 ensured his team reached close to 180. The 22-run last over from Hardik made all the difference with Stoinis smashing him for two sixes and as many fours.

Brief Score: Mumbai Indians 176/4 in 19 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57; Mujeeb Ur Rahman 2/37) beat Kings XI Punjab 174/6 (Chris Gayle 50; Jasprit Bumrah 1/19) by six wickets

Updated: May 4, 2018 — 5:50 pm

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