IPL: Gayle, Stoinis lift Punjab to 174/6 vs Mumbai

Rohit hit a six off Mujeeb Ur Rahman in the 17th over to reach the landmark as Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by six wickets at the Holkar Stadium in Indore to keep their playoff hopes alive.

However, KXIP's troubles began when Ben Cutting removed Gayle. There is lot more work to do yet, but Rohit Sharma and his men could afford to breathe a bit easier after the four-wicket win with an over to spare against King's XI Punjab one of the in-form sides of the tournament. However, against the Mumbai Indians, KXIP will look to stamp authority and get back to winning ways and remain in the Top 3 rankings of the points table.

Top point scorers:Kings XI Punjab Lokesh Rahul (201 points) - He, along with Gayle, has been responsible for giving Punjab the ideal starts in the powerplay. Needing another 75 runs from 42 balls, MI promoted Hardik Pandya who scored a quickfire 23 off 13 but perished trying to up the ante.

Both teams have lost their previous games, to SRH and RCB respectively.

It is well reported that the last few balls of an innings, or game, have cost Mumbai. His 14 runs off 14 balls hurt the side's momentum and he also got his partner Karun Nair runout. Considering the current form of KXIP batsmen, and the ground being small, a score of at least around 200 is expected. Suryakumar Yadav, the most consistent batsman for MI this season, was named Player of the Match. After getting dropped in the last game, Yuvraj made a comeback and batted at No 3, but struggled for timing and fluency and could only score 14 off 14 balls before being run out.

Gayle scored his third half-century of the competition with a quick-fire 50 off just 38 balls at Indore on Friday (Saturday morning NZT).

This season Yuvraj has played seven matches, scoring a total of 64 runs at an average of 12.80.

They hammered six boundaries and two sixes in the innings. Marcus Stoinis shines A half-century by Chris Gayle was followed by some fireworks by Marcus Stoinis in the final moments helped Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) post a challenging 174/6 against MI.

Jasprit Bumrah (4-0-19-1) and Mitchell McClenaghan (4-0-31-1) once again looked at their best.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians (MI) captain Rohit Sharma won yet another toss and invited Kings XI Punjab skipper R Ashwin to bat first in what is a must-win game for MI.

Ishan Kishan came in at one-down and played a useful knock of 25 off 19 deliveries, before being sent off to the pavilion by Mujeeb Ur Rahman.

  • Leroy Wright