IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Squeeze into Playoffs Spot

Rohit Sharma will be looking for Mumbai Indians win today

Rohit Sharma will be looking for Mumbai Indians win today

Mumbai Indians will host the Kings XI Punjab in their final at their home ground, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Also, Ashwin may have been waiting for Ben Cutting to come in, so he could expose his weakness against spin.

The Karnataka batsman shared a 111-run second wicket partnership with Aaron Finch (46) to take Punjab to the brink of a successful run chase but Bumrah scalped three wickets in his second spell to derail the chase.

Mumbai's woes were compounded in the 9th over when a short-pitched delivery from Rajpoot cut short skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) stay in the middle. Both Mumbai and Punjab have played 12-12 matches, with five wins and seven losses Mumbai has 1o points, and they are now 6th at the points table, while their opponent, has won six games out of 12.

In his next over, the last of the PowerPlay, Tye struck off successive balls to reduce Mumbai to 60 for three.

Pollard, who hit five fours and three sixes, then offered a simple catch at long on off captain Ravichandran Ashwin's bowling as Mumbai could score only 35 runs in the last five overs.

This dismissal defined the rest of the match as the visitors struggled to score runs.

A boost up the order wasn't as successful for Marcus Stoinis who fell to a rampant Bumrah short ball. But MI still ended up with 186 in their 20 overs.


At the Wankhede Stadium, out of the seven matches played between the two teams, MI won just three games while KXIP won four of them. That meant he had to bowl from the other end while Andrew Tye bowled the 17th and 19th.

However, Tye and R. Ashwin brought Kings back into the game. Just one change for us, Kieron Pollard replaces JP Duminy.

Karun Nair has been inconsistent with 247 runs so far, while veteran Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Agarwal are yet to make their presence felt in the middle-order. Save his match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore here, Rohit has failed to perform to his potential and MI need him in cracking form, backed up by the Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal. It has to win this match; if it does so, it is likely to go through to the next round even if Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab win their respective matches.

Chasing 187, openers Lokesh Rahul (94) and Chris Gayle (18) provided a steady start, scoring 34 runs in four overs.

However, there is no official statement from the management, and it is believed that they might not take such drastic decision for the last two matches. Then there is the loss of wickets.

With Star India now acquiring the media rights from Sony Pictures Network India for the upcoming season, the matches will be telecast on various Star Sports channels.

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