Kings XI bowl; Mumbai bring back Pollard in must-win game

  • Kings XI bowl; Mumbai bring back Pollard in must-win game

Kings XI bowl; Mumbai bring back Pollard in must-win game

After bagging five wins out of first six games, they managed to clinch just one from the rest six matches. He ensured Mumbai had enough to defend and gave them just enough room for error.

Considering that, Rohit Sharma may not mind facing a side that is propped on the shoulders of two batsmen. While the things are quite clear for Kings XI Punjab, in order to get to the playoffs they need to win both of the remaining matches while it is not the case with Mumbai Indians who can not be sure of a berth in the playoffs even after winning both of their remaining matches.

Rahul, who has been in the form of his life, was dismissed for 21, while Gayle, who has hit a blistering century this season, also failed and the misfiring middle order could not rescue the team which was shot out for 88, its lowest total of the season.

With this win, Mumbai moved to the fourth spot in the IPL points table. To make matters worse for Preity Zinta's side, Punjab have a NRR of -0.518, the poorest of the eight competing teams. Mujeeb Ur Rahman is still not fit, hopefully, he will be back for the next match. His return could prove quite useful against a deep and power-packed batting line-up. Kings XI were comfortably placed at 145/1 in 16 overs. However, a loss against MI today will complicate thing even more for Kings XI and further damage their prospects of proceeding in the tournament.

When is the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2018 match? Basically, Kings XI need to take him out early. The asking was too much for Axar Patel or the off-colour Yuvraj Singh to score 20 off the last nine deliveries. The head-to-head reads: 18 runs, 25 balls, one wicket. They were nearly rolled over by the KL Rahul juggernaut before Jasprit Bumrah's brilliance tilted the scales in their favour. Rahul kept them in the contest courtesy the three consecutive boundaries he hit off Ben Cutting in the next over. Expect those three to take a decent amount of workload while the Universe Boss is at the crease.

Punjab began their campaign with five wins from their first six games, but they've have a bumpy ride since then.

Kings XI have nearly entirely been riding on individual performances.

Now, criticism has started pouring in on to the player and KXIP team management has asked R Ashwin to step down from captaincy and concentrate on his bowling. The others have contributed 29 wickets in 12 innings at an economy rate of 9.3.

The desperation meant Punjab turned to Andrew Tye, who struck with his first ball, castling Evin Lewis (9).