Seamer Jasprit Bumrah snapped up three crucial wickets as defending champions Mumbai Indians kept their play-off hopes alive by notching up a thrilling three-run win over Kings XI Punjab in a crucial Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Wankhede stadium.
West Indian Kieron Pollard struck a blistering fifty to rescue defending champions Mumbai Indians from a mid-innings slump to a competitive 186 for 8 in the crucial game at the Wankhede stadium.
Australian seamer Tye returned with figures of 4-0-16-4 and skipper Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) took two wickets to restrict Mumbai Indians to 186-8.
MI got off to a flying start, reaching 57-1 after five overs but they lost three wickets in quick succession, including two off successive balls, against the pace bowling of Andrew Tye (4-16) before Pollard (50 off 23 balls) and Krunal Pandya (32 off 23 balls) resurrected the stuttering innings.
Chasing 187 to win, Rahul blasted 10 fours and three sixes in his 60-ball 94-run innings and shared a 111-run second wicket partnership with Aaron Finch (46) to take Punjab to the brink of a successful run chase but Bumrah scalped three wickets in his second spell to derail the chase.
Kings XI were comfortably placed at 145/1 in 16 overs when Bumrah came back to bowl his second spell and the Mumbaikar removed Finch and Marcus Stoinis (1) before dismissing Rahul in the 19th over.
Mumbai Indians registered their sixth win to joined Kings XI and Rajasthan Royals at 12 points in the table. The death bowling of Bumrah and McClenaghan cleaned house as they restricted the Punjab batsmen from hitting and winning a high octane clash by a mere three runs at the Wankhede Stadium.