Krunal Pandya: 'I wanted to win this game for my team'

07 May, 2018, 06:23 | Author: Rachel Logan
  • Chris Gayle scored his third fifty of the IPL in the last game

The first one between the Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders and the second one is between Kings XI Punjab and the Rajasthan Royals.

But Rahul went about his business calmly and guided Kings XI's chase by holding fort at one end. For Rohit's side, with the exception of Suryakumar Yadav, who has 283 runs to his repertoire in eight matches as an opener, the sum total of what others have been conflicting.

Kings XI Punjab's Mujeeb Ur Rahman celebrates fall of Jofra Archer's wicket.

Punjab's chase, however, started on a bad note as they lost unsafe Chris Gayle (8) and Mayank Agarwal (2) in successive overs.

"It's (the pitch) hard to understand until you go out there - if it's slow, if it's turning and those sorts of things".

A big question mark exists over Yuvraj Singh and his form for KXIP.

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Yuvraj (14 off 14 balls), who was promoted up the batting order, once again failed to fire as the out-of-form batsman was the next to depart in the 13th over with Punjab's scorecard reading 96/3.

The right-handed Mumbai batsman has only scored two half-centuries to his name. Marcus Stoinis gave him good support and remained unbeaten on 23 while Karun Nair also contributed with 31 runs from 23 balls. Bowling, however, remains KXIP's strong suit with debutant Ankit Rajpoot finishing with season-best figures of 5 for 14 in the previous fixture. Yadav scored 57 runs and Lewis scored 10 runs only.

But it didn't come as he bowled a wide delivery in the next ball. He was dismissed in the following over when he miscued a knuckle ball from Stoinis and the skier was pouched by KL Rahul. Sanju Samson hits a flat six over the deep mid-wicket to bring up fifty for RR in the 7th over.After 6 overs, RR are 45/220:25 IST: Exceptional over from Axar Patel, just 3 runs off it RR have slowed down after losing 2 early wickets.After 5 overs, RR are 42/220:23 IST: Good over from Mujeeb Ur Rahman at this stage, just 5 runs off it. With two-a-ball needed going into the final three overs, Mumbai's chances were fading.

Mujeeb (3/27) struck in the first two deliveries of the 15th over, first removing unsafe -looking Buttler and then Archer to stand in with a chance of registering a hat-trick. However, Rahul's adaptability and his resolve towards finishing the game proved crucial for KXIP's climb to the third spot on the points table. While Rohit's knock was about elegance, Krunal plundered the KXIP bowlers. Rahul too had a close call with that Samson catch in the penultimate ball of that over, while Royals itself took solace over the fact that only seven runs came off it.

It was his unbroken fifth-wicket stand of 56 with skipper Rohit Sharma (24, 15b) that took Mumbai Indians to its third win of the season.

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