Jasprit Bumrah bowled an inspiring spell as Mumbai Indians defended 186 to keep their chances of qualification for the Indian Premier League qualifiers alive with a three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in Mumbai yesterday.
The fast bowler took three wickets in miserly spell, conceding only 15 runs as Kings XI Punjab managed to make 183, falling three short of Mumbai's total of 186 for eight. The defence came after opener KL Rahul had threatened to knock Mumbai out with a 60-ball 94, which featured three sixes and 10 fours. One-down Aaron Finch had scored a 35-ball 46, but none of the other batsman managed to give enough support to Rahul in the steep chase.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians posted 186, thanks to a 50-run knock from middle-order batsman Kieron Pollard, who hammered three sixes and five fours in his 23-ball innings. Andrew Tye, the top wicket-taker of the season, was yet again instrumental as he took four wickets for only 16 runs.
The win took pushed Mumbai Indians up to fourth position with 12 points from 13 matches, level on points with Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, but ahead on run-rate.
SCORES IN BRIEF
MUMBAI INDIANS: 186 for 8 in 20 overs (Pollard 50, yadav 27, Kishan 23; tye 4-16)
KINGS XI PUNJAB: 183 for 5 in 20 overs (Rahul 94, Finch 46; Bumrah 3-15, McGlenaghan 2-37)
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 3 runs
Player-of-the-match: Jasprit Bumrah