it's a good shot but it won't be enough. To be fair it wouldn't be enough if he'd lifted that a few 100 metres further. Short ball into the ribs, pulled past short fine
12:34am Whew. What a night. It's opened up some possibilities now. A grand finish to the season beckons. We hope you enjoyed our coverage. I wish you a good night on behalf of Shashank Kishore and Thilak Ram. And I leave the football fans among us with this message from the ESPN desk:
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With this win:
1) Mumbai keep their qualification hopes alive. If they beat Daredevils in their last game, they will have a great chance of making the playoffs, but even if they lose, they could still take fourth place on 12 points. For that to happen, Kings XI and Royals will both have to lose their last matches, and Royal Challengers will have to lose to Sunrisers.
2) For Kings XI to go through, they will have to win their last game, and hope that other results go their way. That includes Mumbai losing to Daredevils, Royals losing to Royal Challengers, who in turn should have lost to Sunrisers. Then Kings XI will have 14, while Mumbai, Royals and Royal Challengers will have 12 each.
3) Royal Challengers might have an outside chance of going past Mumbai on NRR if they manage another huge win like they did against Kings XI, but otherwise their best chance will be to win their last two games, get to 14, and then hope that Mumbai lose to Daredevils, or Knight Riders lose their last game and stay on 14.
4) Rajasthan Royals will have to win their last game, and then hope that neither Mumbai nor Royal Challengers go on to 14. Knight Riders will then be assured of finishing ahead of Kings XI, but they could still miss out if they lose to Sunrisers, and if Mumbai and Royal Challengers finish on 14.
12:29am The qualifications scenarios coming to you shortly.
Bumrah: Clarity is very important when you bowl at the death otherwise there'll be doubt. If I'm clear, it's easy to execute. It doesn't change at the last moment [the plan when I'm running in]. Even on a bad day when a batsman hits you, you just have to execute your plan. [KLR] has been batting really well so it's sometimes difficult to bowl to a batsman like that. But I was backing myself. I was clear and it was a good day and it worked. On this wicket when the slower ball was bowled on a good length, it wasn't gripping, so I looked to bowl a dipper and it worked.
Jasprit Bumrah is the Man of the Match.
Rohit: Feel good. Was an important game for us. As simple as that, if we wanted to stay alive. We played a perfect game. Whatever was asked, the boys delivered. It's never been easy for us - the last few years actually! We knew it was a good pitch and it was going to be a high-scoring game. But we lost the plot in the middle, could have 15-20 more runs. We always knew it was going to be tough for the bowlers to defend against a solid line-up. Hats off to them. Pollard has always been a match winner for us. Leaving him out was always a tough decision. We thought if JP Duminy is not getting opportunities down the order and that's why we brought him back. He was very upset when he was left out and I was looking for that one opportunity to bring him back. He always stands up in the pressure situations. I think Bumrah has come a long way in the past two years, worked really hard on his bowling. Never easy to do what he does but he has taken the responsiblity. Coming out there and bowling at set batsmen who are trying to finish the job - he's doing it perfectly for us.
Pollard: First of all I want to thank god. I've seen, I've heard - it brought out something different. Doubt was never there. Thank god for that opportunity. Most importantly, we came out and we live to fight another day. Never easy in T20 cricket - there are a lot of different things. Thanks to god for the victory. We'll go to Delhi and see what can come of that. Our season was at stake in the last over and Mitch held it together very well.
Ashwin: Pretty blank at this point of time. We were in the chase all along, it was a professional batting performance. Just didn't work out in the end. It looked it was going to be a clinical romp but credit to Bumrah - once again proved what a good bowler he is. Today was one of those days where he had to cap off a victory and do it for ourselves, now we need to depend on some luck. We were very abstract about our performance last match and spoke about our best batsmen taking it deep. Credit to Rahul and Finch. It's very difficult to say what Rahul has done right or wrong - he's hardly mistimed a ball this season.
Murali J: "I think it was a great opportunity for Bumrah to start his career with the likes of Malinga and he has become a very matured bowler.. I still remember his first match against Gayle when he was smashed all over the park for 20+ runs.."
Aditya : "If you told me I'd get $1million for correctly guessing in one go which Indian player could say "We were very abstract about our performance", I would have picked Ashwin without hesitating. "
hsd: "Not taking anything away from KL and Tye, I think JJ and Pollard should be the Jt. MOMs considering the imortance of this match and they both performed when MI was in dire need, and the fact that MI won"
12:07am Mitchell McClenaghan and Hardik Pandya might be doing pushups in celebration, but it's Jasprit Bumrah that has done it for Mumbai Indians. He's done what Andrew Tye did, but he's done it in the face of a rampage from KL Rahul. What a stunning, stunning innings that was for him. He's heartbroken as the orange cap's handed to him and as he exchanges jerseys with Hardik. That cannot be an easy loss to swallow. Mumbai stay alive. They're equal on points with Kings XI now. With fourteen being the magic mark, we now have five teams who are in contention for that tally.
misses the bouncer and is now involved in a run out appeal at the non-striker's end. Both the batsman and the bowler are caught napping. Axar beats Mitch to the stumps. Third umpire confirms he's in. But are Kings XI? Not really...
at last! A poor ball that's been punished! Axar Patel lines up this full toss with a lot of width outside off and slaps it over long-on.
holes out to sweeper cover! It's the third length ball in a row from Mitch, and this time he even gets rewarded for it. Yuvraj uses the angle and tries to go off side - ends up slicing it straight to deep extra cover
leaves it alone and probably skips a heartbeat! But it's well judged in the end. Length ball pushed across the wide marker
oh he's missed a juicy length ball outside off. That was there for the six. Yuvraj swings and can't get bat on it
wide yorker outside off. Very wide. He swings across the line and misses. Ishan Kishan fumbles and they sneak a bye. That should have been a wide...
Mitch Mac, around the wicket. Short third man is very fine...
What a spell. Ten runs and three wickets in his final spell. 17 off 6 balls.
overpitched outside off, drilled straight to long-off
inside edge onto body. A short ball and a nervous poke from Yuvraj. Single pitch side on the leg side...
Loud applause for Yuvraj. Could mean one of two things given it's the home crowd...
low full toss, opens up his body and punches to long-off
he's got him! There is one hero in the Mumbai Indians team too! 2 for 12 in his fourth over before this ball. Jasprit Bumrah's slower ball has deceived Rahul again. It's in the slot - overpitched outside off - and Rahul is looking to deposit this over long-off. It's off the toe-end and is taken well inside the boundary. It's a sensational, if not legendary innings, from this man. But he's fallen with 10 balls to go.
KL Rahul has 151 runs off 50 balls in the V behind the wicket (fine third man to fine leg) this season. That's a strike rate of just over 300. Pant has 124 off 44 in that region, DK 92 off 43, and Buttler 75 off 34. And Rahul has ELEVEN SIXES in that region. Next best is Suryakumar with four.
low full toss on middle stump, dragged along the floor to long-on
lovely bowling. Slower ball yorker. Dipping outside off, toe-ended to long-off. That wasn't the intention
Manu: "That shot behind the stumps- it wasn't a sweep or ramp. A proper hit, almost a reverse pull!"
slower ball. Pitches and cuts away from the wide marker. Rahul leaves
Hubballi Huli : "Remember? Cutting got KLR bowled in the IPL 2016 finals with an off cutter." --- And it's the offcutter that's been completely dismantled tonight.
yorker outside off, jams it to extra cover from the crease
genius. KL Rahul knows exactly what's coming. He's made it so - he's making the bowler do it. Another slower ball dropped short, another reverse-swipe to third man
shot! Rahul with the reminder he's still around. Slower ball dropped short outside off. He swivels and reverse-swats this over short third man!
KL Rahul now holds the record of scoring most runs while chasing in an IPL season, goes past David Warner's 468 runs in 2016.
bye-bye! Don't. Bowl. Short. It's climbing up at Rahul's shoulder but he has swiveled much before it can get close and swatted to this to the long leg boundary
top edge lands well in front of deep midwicket. Short ball and he looks to pull. Hurried on it
Prakash : "And the guy who has once hit 6 sixes in an over, now has to sit and watch this chase..."
backs away, gets a length ball. Can't make use of it. Gets it wide of long-off off the toe-end