While the things are quite clear for Kings XI Punjab, in order to get to the playoffs they need to win both of the remaining matches while it is not the case with Mumbai Indians who can not be sure of a berth in the playoffs even after winning both of their remaining matches. With the race to the playoffs hotting up, a turnaround against Mumbai Indians would be vital if it has to move to the next round. The match is scheduled to begin at 8:00 PM IST onwards.
The Kings XI got their chase off to great start thanks to Rahul and Aaron Finch (46) who had lifted the visitors to 145 for 1 at the end of the 16th over and looked odds on to take the contest home. But once the lights were back on, so was Mumbai Indians' innings. "This experience of playing all the games for a franchise like MI is going to help him going forward in his career", Tare told reporters. He first pulled him for a boundary before reverse-scooping a couple over the keeper's head to reduce the margin to 23 from 12.
Bumrah turned in a match-winning bowling performance with brilliant figures of 3-15 which included the crucial wicket of in-form opener K L Rahul (94 off 60 balls) in the penultimate over when the game was on a knife-edge with Punjab needing 20 off nine balls. Bumrah left McClenaghan 16 runs to defend in the final over; Yuvraj Singh found the fielder at sweeper cover to give McClenaghan his second wicket and despite the six from Axar Patel, Punjab finished on 183 for 5. Faced with all that adversity, Mumbai needed both skill and luck. Tye wrecked havoc on Mumbai's top and middle order and his victims included Evin Lewis (9), Ishan Kishan (20) and Suryakumar Yadav (27).
For all the ball-by-ball updates and live commentary you can keep a tab on TOI Sports' live blog and live updates well before the first ball is bowled. The T20 will be played at Mumbai. Skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) poor run also continued.
The hosts, meanwhile, have made just one change, replacing JP Duminy with Kieron Pollard.
The game changed in the 17th over when Bumrah dismissed Finch and Marcus Stoinis. And then another excellently paced chase from KL Rahul put Mumbai on the brink of elimination.
Keeping with Mumbai's modus operandi, Krunal Pandya and Pollard too showed no inclination to take their innings deep.
Pollard struck a 23-ball 50, containing five boundaries and three sixes and more importantly was engaged in a 65-run fifth wicket stand with Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls; 4x1, 6x2) to steady Mumbai's start that saw Punjab pacer Andrew Tye (4/16) striking thrice in the powerplay.