IPL 2018 KXIP vs MI, Match 34: Krunal's Knock Overshadows Gayle's Fifty, MI Win

IPL 2018 KXIP vs MI, Match 34: Mumbai Indians win this game against the Kings XI Punjab, successfully keep their chances alive in this tournament

The league of cricket fanatics enjoyed the Kings XI Punjab’s comeback after the break as Universe Boss smashed third fifty in this season and fulfilled the wishes of his fans. On the other hand, it was a do or die situation for the Mumbai Indians (MI) who needed to win this game to remain alive in the tournament. The efforts of KXIP batters resulted in putting a total of 174 runs in 20 overs.

In return, the Mumbai openers gave a flying start to the team. With their fiery knocks, they stated that they won’t let it go so easily. Despite early shocks, Surya Kumar Yadav and the Pandya brothers fought till the end and snatched the victory from the mouth of the opponents. A smoky knock from Krunal Pandya (31 runs off 12 balls) towards the end left no option for Ashwin & Co but to accept the defeat tonight.

MI pulled out a terrific victory by 6 wickets and earned two more points in this season.

Here’re the highlights:

11:35 IST And MI wins. What a knock from Krunal Pandya towards the end to take the game home. Unfortunately, Universe Boss’ efforts go in vain.

23:25 IST MI is getting closer to the victory. Credit goes to Rohit Sharma and the elder Pandya, Krunal. The way both the batsmen are smoking the KXIP bowlers is simply phenomenal.

23:12 IST Now the game has taken a sharp turn and turning out to be a nail-biting affair. Pandya, after a few fireworks, departs off Andrew Tye’s bowling. All responsibilities on Rohit Sharma’s shoulders.

23:00 IST Punjab bowlers are back in the game. The MI top order is back in the dressing while Pandya and skipper Rohit Sharma take the crease.

22:50 IST Now what is that? Hardik Pandya coming in at number 4. That means Rohit Sharma will wait for his turn to bat tonight. Will it be a fruitful decision?

22:40 IST A magnificent fifty for Surya Kumar. What a knock has been playing now. Batting fearlessly and putting all his efforts to win this one for his team.

22:30 IST The MI batters haven’t lost the grip yet on the game. They are still frustrating the KXIp bowlers with the way they are batting tonight. Surya Kumar is inching towards his fifty while Ishan Kishan joins him in the run chase.

22:23 IST And the Kings get the first breakthrough. Afghani youngster Mujeeb Zadran gets Evin Lewis and, for a while, they are back in the game.

22:13 IST The Mumbai openers look pretty confident now. Especially, Surya Kumar Yadav who is dealing in boundaries and sixes. The KXIP bowlers are in search of wickets now.

22:01 IST MI begin the chase while the fans desperately want their team to win. Meanwhile, they remember the special person who helped Mumbai lift the trophy in 2017, the Prayer Aunty.

21:40 IST KXIP managed to take their total beyond 170 runs. Thanks to Marcus Stoinis who smashed some huge shots to get a decent score. MI need 175 runs to win. Innings Break.

21:30 IST Trouble increases for the Kings as Axar Patel also returns to the pavilion. The MI bowlers have got a strong hold on the game while the guests are looking for a chance to add more runs on the board.

21:15 IST Looks like the KXIP cricketers couldn’t make an astonishing comeback. Post top-order’s dismissal, the next batsmen are struggling to score runs. In a surprising move, Axar Patel has been promoted to bat at number 5 and the fans he’s playing far better than Yuvraj Singh.

21:05 IST Another game, another failure for Yuvraj. Despite some fireworks, Yuvi departs on 14. A close call from Karun Nair and Yuvi fell short of the crease. The fans expected some good batting at number 3 but bad luck!

21:00 IST Oh no…. the Gayle Storm stopped suddenly. The universe Boss is back to the dressing room after a magnificent fifty. A huge relief for the MI players and fans.

20:56 IST 24th IPL fifty for Chris Gayle. the Universe Boss didn’t disappoint the crowd at Holkar Stadium and his other fans. Another beautiful knock with a superb celebration.

23:50 IST 2011 World Cup hero, Yuvraj Singh walks into the ground. He has been promoted to number 3 and the fans are loving it!

23:40 IST MI gets the breakthrough. Mayank Markande drew the first blood and KL Rahul departs.

22:35 IST: Rahul, Gayle adds 50 runs for the first wicket. this pair looks impossible to break now.

22:30 IST The Punjab openers are killing it one after another. The Universe Boss picked the momentum late, but he is entertaining the crowd in his own ways. He just sent the ball out of the stadium and with that six, the MI cricketers are getting under pressure.

22:20 IST After taking a bit time get settled on the crease, Gayle launches biggies off Hardik Pandya. If MI wants to win this game, they need to break this opening pair as soon as possible.

22:10 IST The KXIP openers have cleared their intentions, they will play bravely and hit wherever they like. Like KL Rahul hit Bumrah for a magnificent six and the fans are in awe of that shot.

19:55 IST the crowd at the Holkar stadium and the fans are social media expect the Gayle Storm tonight.

19:45 IST Seems like the Kings are already in a good mood and we figured it out by the statement given by the King of North, R Ashwin, during the toss.

19:40 IST The KXIP devastating opening pair of KL Rahul and Chris Gayle is back. Before the game begins, let’s have look at some stats:

19:35 IST Here’s the playing XI of both the teams:

MI: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan(w), Jean-Paul Duminy, Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah

KXIP: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair, Yuvraj Singh, Marcus Stoinis, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Axar Patel, Andrew Tye, Ankit Rajpoot, Mujeeb Ur Rahman

19:30 IST And it’s the toss time. MI win toss and Rohit Sharma opts to chase. Hence invites Ashwin & Co. to bat first.

19:20 IST It’s going to be a house full at the iconic Holkar Stadium in Indore. The crowd welcomes KXIP at their new home ground.

19:10 IST The MI Paltan has reached the venue. They are ready for their next challenge and so are the fans.

19:05 IST The defending champions are up to a huge game tonight. they anyhow need to win this clash to qualify for the knockout stages.