IPL 2018: MI vs KXIP IPL Match Highlights Match 50

KL Rahul was awarded the Stylish Player of the Match

KL Rahul was awarded the Stylish Player of the Match

Kieron Pollard struck a blistering fifty after he had only scored a paltry 83 runs in 8 matches he had played this season. It was his 65-run partnership with all-rounder Krunal Pandya (32) which took MI to a good total of 186. "You always want to bowl a good over but some days it doesn't go your way because at the position where I bowl, it is hard, especially at this ground with the dew going around". Other than him, the in-form players Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan and Evin Lewis will be the key.

Mumbai might think that they have an edge ahead of today's match as they had beaten KXIP in their last encounter at Indore, but in the present scenario with the playoffs in sight, it all boils down to a battle of nerves. His magnificent spell of 3-15 from his 4 turned the tides in Mumbai's favours and ensured his side took home the points. Batting at No. 6, Pollard unleashed a 23-ball 50, studded with five fours, three sixes, some emotional punches and celebrations. With 17 runs required off the last over, Axar Patel and Manoj Tiwary found the boundaries twice, but couldn't get them over the finishing line.

With two new batsmen in the middle - Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya - and both struggling for form, a third over for Tye was a no-brainer there.

His performance didn't go unnoticed and despite the team's loss, KL Rahul was presented Stylish Player Of The Match award for his performance. Rahul and Aaron Finch (46 off 35) had added 111 in just over 12 overs.

Rahul tried his best to wrestle back the momentum, taking three fours in as many balls off Ben Cutting's following over, but the re-introduction of Bumrah in the 19th - and a beautifully disguised slower ball - did for Rahul, as he holed out at long-off. Finch was also dismissed with another catch in the deep. Bowling the 17th over he leaked just 4 runs and scalped the wickets of Finch and Marcus Stoinis (1).

Also, apart from Tye and Mujeeb, none of their bowlers showed any steel.

Revealing the reason of swapping jersey with Pandya, Rahul, who hit a blistering 94 off 60 balls against Mumbai Indians, said: "We've seen this happening a lot in football".

IPL 2018 MI vs KXIP live streaming will be made available by the official partners on their respective portals. "Now after the half way stage we were able to close games, so that is what we're focusing on", said a relieved Bumrah after picking up the Man of the Match award.

"It looks a fairy tale". It is hard. We were not able to close off games.

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