NZ bowler Mitchell McClenaghan keeps Mumbai Indians' IPL hopes alive

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Pollard hit five fours and three sixes in his 50.

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

The Pandya brothers - Hardik and Krunal - will also need to dish out something special if they are to stand any chance of making it to the final four. 2 wins from their remaining 2 games and a few results in their favor is the only way they can qualify in the Play offs.

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With 17 required off the last over, KXIP fell short by 3 runs as Mumbai live on to fight another day in IPL 2018. It will be a must win game for both the teams as both are placed at the fifth and sixth spot in the Points Table.

Before this knock, Pollard had only scored a paltry 83 runs in 8 matches and was dropped from the playing XI but his 65-run stand with Krunal in 36 balls, steered Mumbai out of trouble after they had slumped to 71/4.

Not only did Bumrah bowl a miserly spell, but more importantly, got the prize scalp of Rahul in the penultimate over to leave Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel a stiff task of scoring 17 runs off the final over. A single lose will out from the tournament, However, the same condition/Scenario is applicable on KXIP's graph, they also can't afford a single defeat.

If the Mumbai Indians are let down by their best bet Rohit, for Kings XI Punjab Rahul has failed to get the desired support.

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And, Bumrah hit the final nail into KXIP's coffin by removing the exhausted Rahul, who was six short of the century. The two teams have previously met in this year's IPL, with Mumbai beating Punjab on that occasion in Indore.

Mumbai will face Punjab next in their fixture and loss will send them packing.

Tye used knuckle ball to a great effect as he accounted for Evin Lewis (9 off 7 balls), Ishan Kishan (20 off 12 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (27 off 15 balls) to leave Mumbai Indians reeling.

And perhaps they did lose the plot as well towards the end of their run-chase with a couple of weird decisions in terms of their batting-order-sending Axar Patel in before Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary in particular. Ravichandran Ashwin called right at the toss and put MI into bat first.

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WICKET! Krunal Pandya is dismissed for 32 as Marcus Stoinis strikes, courtesy a catch by Ankit Rajpoot at short fine. Royal Challengers Bangalore won the match easily by 10 wickets. 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.

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