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IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Squeeze into Playoffs Spot

IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Squeeze into Playoffs Spot

Mumbai put up a total of 186 for the loss of 8 wickets. This edition has seen five four-wicket hauls taken, Tye has three of them - making it even more remarkable that the paceman rode the bench for 34 straight matches before getting an IPL debut. Aware of Kings XI's depleted resources in the middle order, Aaron Finch and Rahul didn't go all-out in the middle overs, taking only calculated risks or capitalising on errant deliveries to keep Kings XI alive.

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The match was an interesting affair and everybody enjoyed every bit of it but there was something very unique about this match. This will be the 13th match for both the teams. While this tradition goes back to the football games but it is for the first time that any such thing has been witnessed in cricket. Nine balls later, as KXIP conceded their fourth game on the trot, by a heart-breakingly narrow three-run margin, Tye could do nothing but lament the fact that his and Rahul's efforts are not being sufficiently supported by their teammates at the other end.

With 17 required off the last over, KXIP fell short by 3 runs as Mumbai live on to fight another day in IPL 2018. Rahul has blasted six half-centuries - including three scores above 80 - to play a lone hand at the top of the order for Brad Hodge's side. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan will have to bowl cleverly to stop the rampaging K L Rahul and Chris Gayle from scoring big runs. After a cautious start, Krunal stuck two consecutive sixes and a four in the 12th over off Marcus Stonis, while Pollard followed it up with two sixes and as many fours in the next two overs. Tye began proceedings with a knuckle ball first up to deceive left-hander Evin Lewis who was bowled through the gate.

Keeping with Mumbai's modus operandi, Krunal Pandya and Pollard too showed no inclination to take their innings deep. "In a close match like that, they made a couple of really good saves on the boundary, chased a couple of balls down and, you know, that makes a difference when you lose the match by about five runs". Bumrah stepped up to bowl the 17th over and gave away just one run and picked up the wickets of Sanju Samson and Jos Buttler. 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.