Bumrah leads Mumbai to win over Punjab

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They have 12 points in 13 matches.

Andrew Tye was tossed the ball by his captain at a tricky time.

Andrew Tye was once again clinical for Punjab as he ended with another 4-fer.

Of the very first ball he bowled in the match, Tye delivered the knuckle ball that had Evin Lewis baffled and uprooted his off pole.

The 20-year-old spinner gave away 34 runs in his three overs, without gaining a wicket.

A delivery quite hard to master, the knuckle ball is usually delivered with the index and middle fingers folded behind the ball.

He smashed a short ball through square leg before going the Kevin Pietersen way and switching his stance next ball to send another back of a length delivery over third man for four. In the same over, Bumrah removed Marcus Stonis (1), to further fortify Mumbai's position as the visitors needed 38 runs from 18 balls.

KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya swap jerseys after the game. "Right now, my role is predominantly to try and take wickets at the top".

Unfortunately for Tye, Bumrah went on to steal his thunder. He is the one who has taken the responsibility. Skipper Rohit Sharma's (6) poor run also continued.

Bumrah, like Tye, mixed it up really well with yorkers, slower deliveries and quick bouncers. Obviously, Hardik and I are good friends. Between then, Mumbai went from 71/3 to 151/5 in just seven overs. The duo had taken KXIP to 145 when Bumrah, back in the attack, claimed the No 3 batsman and followed up with the wicket of Stoinis to leave the side on 149 for three in the 17th over.

But Pollard and Krunal Pandya (32) revived the innings with a 65-run fifth-wicket stand in six overs before Punjab hit back. Was he saving himself for the death overs? He later admitted he was not the death bowler he used to be. But since the break, KL is the only batsman who's gone past fifty.

Ashwin has not had the best IPL as a bowler. Did he have no confidence in his own bowling?

Middle-order batsmen Axar Patel (10 not out), Yuvraj Singh (1) and Manoj Tiwary (4 not out) tried to reach the target but failed. I felt it would be nice to collect some jerseys and bring that tradition in cricket.

KL Rahul must be getting exhausted.

Rahul scored his sixth half-century of the season on Wednesday and nearly went on to hit a hundred before being dismissed for 94 off 59 balls. Finch was also dismissed with another catch in the deep. The below chart is a telling picture.

With Wednesday's win, Mumbai have given themselves a good chance to stay in the race for the playoff spot.

Mumbai moved into the fourth and final playoff spot with one round robin game remainng thanks to the win but before they face the Delhi Daredevils on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore can move ahead of them on net run-rate with a big win over Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight.

"In the first few games, we had KL, (Chris) Gayle, Karun (Nair) who'd scored half-centuries or a century".

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