T20 2018: Mumbai beat Punjab by 3 runs

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Kings XI Punjab are presently sitting at number five in the points table with 12 points under their belt after 13 matches while Mumbai Indians follow them at number six with 10 points in 12 matches.

Mumbai bowler Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the wicket of Punjab batsman Aaron Finch during the T20 match played in Mumbai on Wednesday.

The 50th match of Indian Premier League is between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab.

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) vs Rajasthan Royals (RR), IPL 2018 match, will start at 08:00 pm IST.

After the early loss of openers KL Rahul and Chris Gayle against RCB, Punjab's inconsistent and out-of-form middle-order struggled to get going. Should they lose against Punjab, Mumbai will be out of the play-off race.

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After losing the toss, Mumbai may have reset their target, aiming for more than par to make up for favourable chasing conditions: small boundaries and the plausibility of dew in the second innings. Rahul was circumspect but Chris Gayle had no qualms welcoming Hardik Pandya with a smashing pull over mid-wicket for six. Rahul got a top edge for six in the first over of the innings, from Mitchell McClenaghan. Rahul kept them in the contest courtesy the three consecutive boundaries he hit off Ben Cutting in the next over. But as the West Indian all-rounder was poised for a big score, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) removed him in the 16th over, bringing Punjab back into the game.

Mumbai started well without much luck in the early stages. Tye cleaned up Lewis.

For all the ball-by-ball updates and live commentary you can keep a tab on TOI Sports' live blog and live updates well before the first ball is bowled. Yadav (27 off 15) fell the very next ball and Mumbai, with 60 for 3 in six overs, had mixed feelings about the Power Play. Skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) poor run also continued. It is no news that KXIP have one of the worst fielding sides in the tournament, and today as the Pandya brothers, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting and Kieron Pollard dived around and cut the runs, something that the visitors failed to do, it made a difference.

WICKET! Krunal Pandya is dismissed for 32 as Marcus Stoinis strikes, courtesy a catch by Ankit Rajpoot at short fine. Bumrah stuck again in the over, dismissing Marcus Stoinis with the fifth ball. Then the change in length did the trick for Mumbai. Then Pollard scored a half-century in 23 balls.

While bowling the all-important 19th over for Mumbai, he bagged the wicket of Rahul on the third ball of the over after bowling the first two deliveries tightly.

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