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IPL 2018: Mumbai keep play-off hopes alive, beat Punjab by 3 runs

Rohit Sharma (L) pats teammate Jasprit Bumrah during IPL match between Mumbai and Punjab Photograph: (AFP)

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India May 17, 2018, 12.11 AM (IST)

Mumbai defeated Punjab by three runs in a last-ball thriller match at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday.   

Jasprit Bumrah took the crucial wicket for Mumbai, which turned out to be a game changer. 

Punjab Opener KL Rahul once again proved his cricketing prowess as he single-handedly depleted Mumbai's bowling attack.

With every ball, Rahul went strong and registered his seventh half-century of IPL 2018.

However, he missed his another century by six runs and departed after making 94 off 60 balls.

His inning included 10 boundaries and three sixes.

Aaron Finch also played a spectacular inning with Rahul after Chris Gayle was sent back to the pavilion for just 18 runs.

Yuvraj Singh once again failed to leave any mark with his batting. he gave away his wicket while trying to hit a big shot. 

For Mumbai, Kieron Pollard smashed a half-century to save Mumbai from drowning as the team ended their innings for 186 for 8, against Punjab at Wankhede stadium, on Wednesday.

The Trinidadian cricketer smashed five boundaries and three sixes to reach 50 in just 23 balls.

Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis opened for Mumbai and the team lost its first wicket for 37 runs.

After Lewis departed, Yadav continued his attack along with Ishan Kishan. 

However, Kishan too lost his wicket after making just 20 runs.

Skipper Rohit Sharma again failed to fill up the gap and went back to the pavilion after making just six runs. 

Krunal Pandya, who failed to contribute in last match, made 32 runs in 23 balls before giving away his wicket to Marcus Stoinis.

Earlier, R Ashwin won the toss and opted to bowl against Mumbai in a must-win match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. 

Meanwhile, Mumbai will be desperate for a win also to keep their play-off hopes alive as they are almost on the edge of elimination. 

Talking after the toss, Ashwin said, "We are bowling first. Looks like there's dew here, we would like to bowl first and chase the total down. I expected some dip, that's what has happened, "

"We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot. Two changes for us - Yuvraj Singh and Manoj Tiwary are back, they replace Mayank Agarwal and Karun Nair. Mujeeb is still not fit, hopefully, he will be back for the next match," he added.

Speaking about their strategy for today, Rohit Sharma said, "We were bowling first as well. Dew is a factor, but we are not worried about it, we need to play some good cricket."

"I have been in this position over the last few years and I know how to handle the situation. The team has handled it better than me, I think we have done well considering how we played in the first half of the tournament," he added.

"We are not thinking about the Delhi match at the moment. Just one change for us, Kieron Pollard replaces JP Duminy," he concluded.

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