Mumbai Indians teetering on the edge of elimination

Modesto Morganelli
Mag 16, 2018

In their final home game in the league stage, they pulled off a heist like they usually do at the fag end of the game to sneak in a three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in Match 50 of the Indian Premier League 2018 at the Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday (May 16).

Punjab have thrashed Mumbai four times in their seven games at the Wankhede Stadium. Ishan Kishan, who, in the previous over, smashed two successive sixes off Mohit Sharma behind square on either side of the wicket, hoicked Tye to mid-on. Okay, they came up short against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab when he smeared 67 and 51 respectively, but they are now on a three-game winning streak thanks to the England man's 82 in the reverse fixture against Kings XI and back-to-back scores in the nineties against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The middle-order has deliberately failed and ended up hurting Punjab's chances. To make matters worse for Preity Zinta's side, Punjab have a NRR of -0.518, the poorest of the eight competing teams. Also, in the last match, their one of the best bowler, Mujeeb ur Rahman was also not available. His return could prove quite useful against a deep and power-packed batting line-up.

Tom Curran is in the Kolkata ranks and seemingly competing with Australian Mitchell Johnson and West Indian Javon Searles for a spot in the seam attack - Searles played against Kings XI but went for a whopping 52 runs from his four overs, so Curran will be hopeful of a recall.

Mumbai, with an excellent net run-rate, need to put behind the humiliation by the Royals and come out with all guns blazing against an equally jittery KXIP, who have lost their way in the second half of the tournament after starting strongly. A win will secure them a top four berth while even with a defeat, there remains a possibility of going through. And to do that they might try Axar Patel. Bumrah's 4-run over took made the equation read 38 off 18.

Gayle has scored 217 runs in 151 balls at an average of 72 against all the bowlers Mumbai now have on their roster.

Rahul was caught at long-off by Ben Cutting.

WICKET! Marcus Stoinis has been dismissed for one run as Jasprit Bumrah strikes again. Hence it is predicted that Mumbai Indians will win this match against Kings XI Punjab. Overall, they have posted six wins out of 12 games.

Kings XI have nearly entirely been riding on individual performances.

"To be very precise, I did expect to find ourselves in such a situation, but not this much; probably thought we might have won one or two more games and probably reached 14 or 16 points", he added.

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