Suryakumar Yadav top scored for MI © AFP
Suryakumar Yadav top scored for MI © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) at Indore in Match 34 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. They were pushed till almost the end before KXIP’s bowling fell apart. The 175-run chase was not easy for Mumbai. They were made to work hard for the runs by Punjab bowlers till the 15th over despite a solid start from Suryakumar Yadav. Then Rohit Sharma absorbed the pressure, while Krunal Pandya blasted away with a 12-ball 31 not out to push MI to a win.

Surya and Evin Lewis handed the initial overs calmly. Both players took time to get into the groove. They played out Ravichandran Ashwin with caution. Lewis was the first to go, for 10, edging a cut off Mujeeb Zadran. Surya opened up shortly after Ishan Kishan joined him. He hit 6 fours and 3 sixes in his 42-ball 57. He added 42 with Kishan before edging a slower ball from Marcus Stoinis.

Rohit promoted Hardik Pandya ahead of him, much to fans’ surprise. In the next over, Kishan fell for a 19-ball 25: he failed to read the length of a delivery from Mujeeb and was bowled.

Rohit finally came out at 5 with Mumbai still needing 75. Hardik’s 13-ball stay was then cut short by Andrew Tye, who rattled his middle stump for 23. At this stage MI needed 55 in 27 balls with two new batsmen at the crease.

Krunal joined Rohit at the fall for Hardik’s wicket. Rohit kept Mumbai in the hunt for a Playoffs spot, hitting two massive sixes of Mujeeb. He and Krunal then took Stoinis for 20 in the 18th over, bringing their target down to 16 off 12. Krunal then hit Tye for a four and a six in the 19th over; the winning runs came with four leg-byes past the wicketkeeper. Rohit remained unbeaten on a 15-ball 24 while Krunal scored 31 in 12 balls.

Batting first, KXIP managed 174 for 6, thanks to fifty from Chris Gayle. He stroked to his 24th IPL fifty, and found good support from KL Rahul and Stoinis.

Brief scores:

Kings XI Punjab 174 for 6 in 20 overs [Chris Gayle 50(40), Marcus Stonis 29 (15); Jasprit Bumrah 4-0-19-1 ] lost to Mumbai Indians 176 for 4 in 19 overs [Suryakumar Yadav 57 (42), Krunal Pandya 31* ; Mujeeb Zadran 4-0-37-2] by 6 wickets with 6 balls to spare.

Player of the Match: Suryakumar Yadav.