Bumrah leads Mumbai to close win over Punjab in IPL

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Defending champions Mumbai held on to score a three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai on Thursday (NZT).

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

Mumbai Indians started very well with the bat after some brilliant shots from the bat of Suryakumar Yadav.

But Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in the 17th over to send Finch packing four short of what would have been a well deserved fifty before bouncing out Marcus Stoinis (1).

"Try and bowl as many balls that don't go over the shoulder [to Gayle]", McClenaghan explained. The result set up a mad scramble over the last few days of the regular season.

It is "now or never" also for Rohit and Rahul to keep their hopes alive in IPL 2018.

On the other hand, despite being a place ahead, Punjab lag behind Mumbai in net run-rate.

The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad have already qualified for the playoffs.

After the match, MI's Hardik Pandya and KXIP's KL Rahul took some time off to exchange their IPL jerseys- A practice which is followed by footballers after the end of a game. "I was just focusing on that and it was a good day, so it went well", Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.

Having lost their last three matches on the trot has left KXIP no less desperate for a win tonight.

But Bumrah bowled a superb 19th over as he outfoxed Rahul with a slower delivery and the KXIP opener holed out at long-off after hitting 10 fours and three sixes.

After a string of losses initially, Mumbai's hopes of making it to the last four were revived after three straight wins, but their eight-wicket defeat against Rajasthan Royals on Sunday has again put them on the back foot.

MI got off to a flying start, reaching 57-1 after five overs but they lost three wickets in quick succession, including two off successive balls, against the pace bowling of Andrew Tye (4-16) before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings.

While Kieron Pollard and Krunal Pandya blazed to a 65-run fifth-wicket stand, R Ashwin stood at mid-off looking tense.

Considering that, Rohit Sharma may not mind facing a side that is propped on the shoulders of two batsmen. Rajpoot was also hit for 18 runs in one of his overs, including a six and two fours by Pollard, who recovered his form and raced to a half-century in just 22 balls.

Rahul - who this month earned a recall to India's limited-overs squads - now sits above Pant (582), Jos Buttler (548), Kane Williamson (544), Ambati Rayudu (535), Virat Kohli (514) and Suryakumar Yadav (500), who became the first uncapped Indian batsman to touch 500 runs in any IPL season. So, Rohit was confident that his back-up bowlers could do the job against them in the death if Hardik, his top wicket-taker, could dismiss Rahul or Finch. A victory for KXIP in today's game will take them to 14 point placing them at the fourth spot in the points table, but still not guarantee them a place in the playoffs.