MI vs KXIP, IPL 2018

MI vs KXIP, IPL 2018

The Chennai Super Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad have already qualified for the playoffs.

This weakness came to the fore in two of their last three games. We have lost three matches on the bounce, hopefully, we will stop that rot. The rest of the over was a peach as well, as Ishan Kishan had no idea what to make of Tye's variations. "He's the one who's taken the responsibility", MI Skipper said in his post-match presentation ceremony. On some days, it doesn't work. So I don't look at what has happened before, what will happen in the future. "Sometimes when you're not backing yourself, there's always doubt when you deliver". On a good day, when you have a clear plan, you are able to execute whatever you wanted. My basic plan is to have a good clarity. We all want to win the game. But I was backing myself. But everything's a learning and I'm learning from these games. (Rahul) has been batting really well so it's sometimes hard to bowl to a batsman like that.

On Wednesday night, Bumrah's plans worked to perfection.

But Bumrah bowled a superb 19th over as he outfoxed Rahul with a slower delivery and the KXIP opener holed out at long-off after hitting 10 fours and three sixes. We were in the chase all along, it was a professional batting performance. In the bowlers' meeting we usually talk about every player.

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The match will be telecasted live on the Star Sports and Star Sports HD channels. "He's that Mr. Reliable". Perhaps he felt he should have waited for a better ball to hit. He's a threat when he is bowling defensively. "He's a different bowler from me, he bowls a lot of knuckle balls and he has a different pace from me. Right now, my role is predominantly to try and take wickets at the top". Today's match is set to start at 8 pm IST while the toss will take place at 7:30 pm IST. "He might not be up there in the wickets column, but what he does for us is more important". The wicketkeeper-batsman is placed only behind Delhi Daredevils' Rishabh Pant on the IPL Moneyball index with 588 impact index points for 558 runs, eight catches, one stumping and run out. But as the West Indian all-rounder was poised for a big score, Ravichandran Ashwin (2/18) removed him in the 16th over, bringing Punjab back into the game. Pollard finally came to the party with a fine 50 runs, to boost MI's score. It is a pretty tall order for the 24-year-old Indian bowler to be compared to the Sri Lankan veteran bowler and Rohit Sharma believes that he is filling his shoes "perfectly". "Leaving him out was a very tough decision".

The hosts, meanwhile, have made just one change, replacing JP Duminy with Kieron Pollard. The India pacer took one wicket less than the Australian but was nearly exclusively responsible for Punjab not getting past the finish line.

Coming back to MI vs KXIP IPL Match Highlights, MI couldn't have had a worse start in a must-win match for them.