IPL 2018: Lewis out, Suryakumar starts well for Mumbai; MI: 37-1 in 3 overs

Kings XI Punjab player Chris Gayle plays a shot during an IPL 2018 match against Mumbai Indians at Holkar Stadium in Indore. Photo: PTIIn the 50th and a crucial match of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to bowl against Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav opened the batting for Mumbai, Ankit Rajpoot came to bowl the first over for Punjab. The batsmen let the bowlers have their way by staying silent, there were a few shots in the middle and then Yadav elevated the intensity. Overall, a fine start with more than 12 runs per over at the end of 3 overs.Here are the squads for both the teams:
Mumbai Indians playing XI for today’s match: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Ishan Kishan(w), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab playing XI for today’s match: Lokesh Rahul(w), Chris Gayle, Aaron Finch, Yuvraj Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Marcus Stoinis, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin(c), Andrew Tye, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Rajpoot

Mumbai Indians innings update: Over by over.Over 1: Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav to open for MI. Ankit Rajpoot op start it off for KXIP. Off the mark straight away. Given as a wide, a little too far from the off stump. One run to Lewis. Good ball by Rajpoot, hitting the deck hard. Slashed hard by Yadav and it goes for four. Driven but straight to the fielder. Same shot, not run. KXIP: 7-0Over 2: Mohit Sharma to Evin Lewis, hit the ball straight to mid-off for no run. Leg-bye taken off the 2nd ball. DOT ball. Suryakumar hit the 4th ball to mid-off fielder for a quick single. Evin Lewis smacked the 5th ball for six straight down the ground. Lewis took a single to end the over. MI: 16/0, Suryakumar Yadav: 6(7b), Evin Lewis: 8(5b).Over 3: Ankit Rajpoot to Evin Lewis, pulled the short of length for one run. Suryakumar pulled the 2nd ball for four in the deep square leg region. DOT ball. Top edge sailed over the boundary for six in the fine leg region followed by a flat six. Suryakumar nudged the last ball for four in the third-man region for four. MI: 37/0, Suryakumar Yadav: 26(12b), Evin Lewis: 9(6b)Mumbai Indians innings analysis after 3 overs
KXIP won the toss and invited MI to bat first. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis opened the innings while Ankit Rajpoot bowled the first over. With a packed field towards off side, Rajpoot consistently bowled wider deliveries outside-off but was punished soon when Yadav punched him for a four in the third man region. Mohit Sharma was introduced into the attack in the second over. Bowled a lot more straighter deliveries, most of them ending in front of the wicket. It was turning out to be a tight over until Lewis went in for a maximum straight down the ground. Rajpoot continued from the other end and looked to bowl short-pitch deliveries. Went too short and was pounded away for a four towards deep fine-leg region. Another short delivery, Yadav got a thick top edge and six more runs were added. The over ended with a cheeky boundary towards third man. MI were gaining momentum and stood at 37/1 after 3 overs.
.Match PreviewJust when MI’s dream of making it to the final four was on the verge of getting shattered, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade came up with a spirited show to register a hat-trick of wins before faltering against Rajasthan Royals in their previous game. Mumbai Indians have to win both their remaining two matches to keep their chances alive for advancing to the playoffs.Mumbai Indians, with an excellent net run-rate, need to put behind the humiliation by the Rajasthan Royals and come out with all guns blazing against an equally jittery KXIP, who have lost their way in the second half of IPL 2018 after starting strongly. MI’s middle order was yet again exposed in the last game when their batsmen, including skipper Rohit Sharma, failed miserably. Only Suryakumar Yadav has been among the runs on a consistent basis and MI would be pleased with the return to form of West Indian opener Evin Lewis. These two will be banked upon to provide an excellent start.But they need the others down the order especially skipper Rohit to contribute big in today’s IPL match. Save his match-winning knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore here, Rohit has failed to perform to his potential and MI need him in cracking form, backed up by the Pandya brothers Hardik and Krunal. Mumbai Indians’ bowling too has been a worry. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik and left arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan will have to bowl cleverly to stop the rampaging K L Rahul and Chris Gayle from scoring big runs in today’s IPL match. All three may come up with a short-ball attack on the rival openers as Umesh Yadav showed with great success for RCB. The role of leggie Mayank Markande (14 wickets) will also be crucial along with that of Krunal Pandya to choke the run-flow in the middle overs during today’s IPL match at Wankhede.On the other hand, despite being a place ahead, Kings XI Punjab lag behind Mumbai Indians in net run-rate. The Ravichandran Ashwin-led side KXIP, who started their IPL 2018 campaign on a rousing note, faltered in the business end of the league, losing five of their last six games. KXIP suffered their worst defeat of IPL 2018 in their last outing when Royal Challengers Bangalore hammered them by 10 wickets, a game where both the batsmen and bowlers succumbed before Kohli’s men. Kings XI Punjab’s batting mostly relies on openers Rahul and Chris Gayle as the duo have accumulated 558 and 350 runs respectively. KXIP openers have been a major reason behind their success as the two have handed a perfect start to their side on several occasions in IPL 2018 and KXIP will hope that they must provide a great start in today’s IPL match again. Karun Nair has been inconsistent with 247 runs so far, while veteran Yuvraj Singh and Mayank Agarwal are yet to make their presence felt in the middle-order.Kings XI Punjab will be relieved by the fact that Aaron Finch returned to form with a 34 & 26 during the loss to Kolkata Knight Riders and RCB, respectively. In the bowling department, Australian pacer Andrew Tye (20 wickets) and Afghan teenaged spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman (14 wickets) have been brilliant. Pacer Ankit Rajpoot (eight wickets), off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (six wickets) and medium-pacer Mohit Sharma (six wickets) need to raise the bar against Mumbai Indians in today’s IPL match, after going wicketless against Royal Challengers Bangalore.Here are a few things to know about the Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab (MI vs KXIP) match to be played at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, the two teams’ players who could prove handy, and who has said what before the clash: MI has backed Kishan as he is talented, says Aditya Tare: Mumbai Indians reserve wicket-keeper Aditya Tare today had words of praise for young Jharkhand stumper Ishan Kishan saying the stumper has enormous talent and that’s the reason why the IPL defending champions have backed him. “He is pretty young. 19-20 years old and the talent that he has is enormous. That’s the reason Mumbai Indians have backed him as the first choice,” said the Mumbai Ranji Trophy-winning captain ahead of MI’s penultimate round robin game in today’s IPL match against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium. “It is the start in his career, so it is a great opportunity for him playing for MI. A couple of games back he won a game for us, so it shows the amount of ability he has with the bat. This experience of playing all the games for a franchise like MI is going to help him going forward in his career,” Tare told reporters. He also said that MI would be playing fearless cricket and the team knows that if they win their two games, they can still make it to the play-offs, although they have gathered only 10 points from as many games.What Ashwin said about KXIP batting woes ahead of today’s IPL match (MI vs KXIP): After suffering a 10-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin reckons that the team has a problem in the batting department. Monday’s defeat was the third consecutive defeat for Punjab. First they lost to Rajasthan Royals followed by Kolkata Knight Riders and then to Bangalore. In Monday’s match, Bangalore completely dominated their opponents as after bundling out Punjab for a paltry 88 runs, the openers guided their side home without losing a wicket. “We have a problem with our batting. We are not one of the top champion sides to be very honest, we are one of those sides that punched above our weight in the first half of the competition,” Ashwin said. “To be very precise, I did expect to find ourselves in such a situation, but not this much; probably thought we might have won one or two more games and probably reached 14 or 16 points. “Defending on this ground isn’t easy. We perhaps made the mistake of trying to score more than the par score and thereby ended up losing wickets. We did not play according to the situation,” he said.I consider myself an all-format cricketer, says Karun Nair: Back in the Indian Test cricket team after more than a year, middle-order batsman Karun Nair says he is now working to become an all-format player in future. The 26-year-old Karnataka right-hander will replace Virat Kohli in the Indian team, which will take on debutants Afghanistan in Bengaluru from June 14-18. Captain Kohli will play for English county side Surrey during that time to prepare for the England tour later this year. Nair is currently playing for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018. “I am really excited to be wearing those whites again and representing my country has always been an honour and privilege. I am really looking forward to it,” Nair told IANS. “I have worked really hard over the last one and half years. My form in the IPL and the way I have batted, I consider myself an all-format player and it’s just about getting those opportunities and making the most of them,” said Nair when asked about common perception that the Karnataka willower is a Test specialist. “It’s just that finding a spot in the one day team is difficult. I need to do better to get those opportunities and I am on the right track. I will do everything I can with the bat to make sure I play all formats,” he said. READ FULL INTERVIEW HERENow IPL-style Women’s T20 Challenge like to be played in Mumbai on May 22: An Indian Premier League-(IPL) style women’s T20 challenge match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium on May 22, ahead of the opening play-off game of the IPL. India internationals Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the two teams in a match that will showcase some of the most talented women cricketers. Leading stars from Australia, New Zealand and England will be in action as they join their Indian counterparts for this match. The women’s game has seen a wave of popularity in the country following the national team’s run to the final of World Cup last year. With an eye on growing this wave, the BCCI is hosting the T20 Challenge to provide the women’s game a platform alongside its most popular tournament. Speaking about this T20 Challenge game, Rajeev Shukla, Chairman, IPL, said, “Even as IPL continues to roll like a well-oiled machine, over the last couple of weeks, efforts were made to put in place a similar structure for women cricketers. We were in talks with several Boards and I am pleased with the outcome. White Ferns captain Suzie Bates, attacking batter Sophie Devine, who holds the record for fastest half-century in women’s T20Is, Australia’s fine all-rounder Ellyse Perry, wicket-keeper bat Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt and Beth Mooney have confirmed their participation. Danni Wyatt and Daniel Hazell will add the English flavour.” He further informed that the game will be played at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium and will be telecast live in India and across the world.The team head to head ahead of today’s IPL match (MI vs KXIP)Overall:Matches – 21, Mumbai Indians won – 11, Kings XI Punjab won – 10
At the Wankhede Stadium:Matches – 7, Mumbai Indians won – 3, Kings XI Punjab won – 4
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