The do or die game between Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) was expected to be a thrilling one as some of the T20 superstars were going to clash. But if you look at it since the break, KL is the only batsman who's gone past 50. Wily medium-pacer Andrew Tye, who finished with figures of 4-0-16-4, was the man responsible to keep Mumbai in check time and again.
Bumrah was referring to the 111-run second-wicket partnership between Rahul and Aaron Finch (46 in 35 balls) that was threatening to take KXIP home before the India pace bowler his side the crucial breakthrough.
Mumbai Indians batted well. The burly Caribbean began with a cover-drive off Marcus Stoinis before opening his shoulders against Axar's left-arm spin.
With Pollard going great guns blazing, Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin brought himself back into the attack and the ploy worked immediately in the form of the big-hitting Caribbean batsman's wicket. When Tye was reintroduced into the attack in the 17th over, captain Ashwin had broken the unsafe partnership, having accounted for Pollard in the previous over.
Having come on in the death, Ashwin bowled two overs for 13 runs and took two wickets.
Tye was at his best right through the day.
In his next over, the last of the PowerPlay, Tye struck off successive balls to reduce Mumbai to 60 for three. Ishan Kishan was up next and was able to muster 20 runs.
These disappointing numbers put the Mumbai Indian captain in the fifth position on the IPL Impact Index even in his own dressing room. Defeat will make qualification that much tougher due to their net run rate of -0.518 is the worst of all teams.
Ahead of Wednesday's game, its net run-rate was +0.405.
Mathematically, Kings XI has got an opportunity to make it to number four in the table, i.e., to be in the first four to get itself a berth in the IPL 2018 playoffs.
At the end of Mumbai's innings, Ashwin and Axar Patel had bowled just six overs between them for 42 runs, while the seamers, apart from Tye, had conceded 123 in 10. This is due to its NRR, which is a big advantage over its competitors. He knew how dependent Kings XI were on their top three and wanted to dismiss them early. With 42 required off 23 balls, Kings XI couldn't have someone come in and get 11 off 10. If it had defeated MI, it would have gathered 14 points and made a playoff spot reasonably certain for itself. On the other hand, KXIP who started the tournament with some glorious performances with 5 wins in 6 games, have lost 6 of their following 7 games.