IPL 2018: 3 unsold players who could have improved KXIP's season

Sergio Conner
May 18, 2018

With a three-run win over Kings XI Punjab yesterday, the Mumbai Indians (MI) kept themselves in the reckoning for a place in the VIVO IPL 2018 Playoffs.

Tye raised his IPL-leading wickets tally to 24, becoming the first bowler in the competition's history to snare three four-wicket hauls in one season.

Well-known cricket analyst Harsha Bhogle came out to become a helping hand for Yuvraj Singh after the Kings XI Punjab fans lashed out at the all-rounder for not winning the match for Punjab against the Mumbai Indians on Wednesday.

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.

Asked to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium, MI lost opener Evin Lewis with 37 runs on the board. The Mumbai-based franchise stuttered throughout the match, however, ensured that they eventually cross the finishing line by a lean margin of three runs.

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Against Chennai, he failed to execute his yorkers as Dwayne Bravo took him to the cleaners in the penultimate over, while against Rajasthan, his inconsistency saw him concede 18 runs off the penultimate over after bowling a brilliant 17th over where he gave away just one run and claimed two wickets. But Bumrah's excellent final spell, 2-0-10-3, and wickets at inopportune moments meant Kings XI's playoffs chances took a heavy beating.

Before this knock, Pollard had only scored a paltry 83 runs in 8 matches and was dropped from the playing XI but his 65-run stand with Krunal in 36 balls, steered Mumbai Indians out of trouble after they had slumped to 71/4.

KL Rahul alone has scored a total of 652 runs in 13 matches and almost scored a century last night with his knock including 10 fours and 3 sixes.

The 11th edition of the Indian Premier League has simply been inscrutable for Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah. Read also: Team jersey: The fabric of sport Krunal Pandya chipped in with 32 off 23, but once those two were gone, MI squandered the momentum once more. KL Rahul's heroics Chris Gayle played some incredible shots in the initial over but was removed by McClenaghan for 18 runs. But in the fourth over after Lewis was removed by Andrew Tye. Ashwin held himself and Tye back while Pollard was on the rampage, but returned in the 16th over to have him hole out to long-off with a wide and full delivery that made him reach out.

Just four games back, Rohit Sharma led MI's fate looked uncleared. The match turned out a nail-biter as every team had their share of opportunities to overpower each other.

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