Published: Thu, May 17, 2018
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Bumrah's spell overpowers Rahul's 94 at Wankhede — Twitter Reactions

Bumrah's spell overpowers Rahul's 94 at Wankhede — Twitter Reactions

Lokesh Rahul's sixth IPL half century had almost ended Mumbai's run in the tournament before fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah (3-15) turned the match on its head in his return spell and restricted Punjab to 5-183. Rahul's response: he played a ferocious hook shot off Ben Cutting and then smashed back to back fours with reverse hits, to make it 24 off 13 balls.

Mumbai Indians celebrate fall of Chris Gayle's wicket.

Australian quick Andrew Tye (4-16) then raised his wickets tally to 24 to be the leading wicket-taker this season as Mumbai struggled to 4-71 in the ninth over.

Okay, they came up short against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab when he smeared 67 and 51 respectively, but they are now on a three-game winning streak thanks to the England man's 82 in the reverse fixture against Kings XI and back-to-back scores in the nineties against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians.

The scenario: Mumbai's victory saved them from a certain elimination, thrusting them as high as fourth on the table thanks to a tournament-high net run rate. On the other side, Aaron Finch was elevated to No.3 for the Kings XI and made 46 at a time where Rahul needed a partner. Pandya conceded 19 runs from his first over thanks to the six and a couple of boundaries, the second being a pristine drive from Rahul. Suryakumar Yadav started well for MI today.

Both batsmen fell in successive overs as Krunal was deceived by Marcus Stoinis slower delivery and pulled it to short fine leg. Suryakumar Yadav, the in-form opener, took it on himself to get the innings going. And when Rohit Sharma's mistimed pull found mid-on, Mumbai were caught in an awkward position at 71 for 4 in the ninth over. Andrew Tye has been their standout bowler with 20 wickets and holds the purple cap. We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot. Their woes at home were best summed up when two light towers blanked out for a good long 10 minutes as Kieron Pollard, who replaced JP Duminy, tried to resurrect the innings with Krunal Pandya. 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.

KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin also bowled a remarkable spell off three overs picking up two wickets for 18 runs while Ankit Rajpoot and Marcus Stoinis went for too many runs but picked up a wicket each.

The match will take place at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.

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