After losing Chris Gayle (18) early on, Rahul and Aaron Finch (46) added 111 for the second wicket to put the visitors on course but Jasprit Bumrah broke the risky stand with the Australian's wicket in the 17th over. The two teams have previously met in this year's IPL, with Mumbai beating Punjab on that occasion in Indore. That has been the story of high profile Mumbai Indians this IPL season. Rahul was circumspect but Chris Gayle had no qualms welcoming Hardik Pandya with a smashing pull over mid-wicket for six. Pollard hit five fours and three sixes in his 50.
Gayle (18) was dished out with a lot of short stuff and he perished trying to take one on from Mitchell McClenaghan. Finch gave Rahul good company to lay the platform for their side, getting the odd boundary to keep the scoreboard ticking, and reduced the equation to 60 needed from 30 balls.
Aaron Finch joined Rahul and the duo added 111 in 74 balls for the second wicket. But as the West Indian all-rounder was poised for a big score, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) removed him in the 16th over, bringing Punjab back into the game.
After being put in, Mumbai started cautiously as the Punjab bowlers bowled tight lines and lengths.
On the batting side, Mumbai Indians has Suryakumae Yadav, Rohit Sharma while Kings XI Punjab has the powerful hitter Chris Gayle and KL Rahul in the squad. He first top-edged Ankit Rajpoot for a six before lofting him over long-off for another one and finished with a deft boundary to third man, taking 21 runs from the over.
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On the other hand, the hosts made just one change by including Kieron Pollard in place of Jean-Paul Duminy. Then the change in length did the trick for Mumbai. In the five they have won, he has averaged 73 and struck at 155. The role of leggie Mayank Markande (14 wickets) will also be crucial along with that of Krunal Pandya, KXIP too have slumped in the latter half of the T20 League and need to improve in all departments. To the respite of the Mumbai Indians fans, the misfiring batsman finally delivered with a 23-ball 50 to help Mumbai Indians reach 152 for six in 15.3 overs.