MUM have crept into the top four for the second time this season. It's the Mumbai way. There's still another game to win, but go ahead, bet against them if you're feeling courageous. So that's another thriller appended to the long list of them this year. Until the next one, this is Sagar Chawla signing off on behalf of Rishi Roy, Raju Peethala, Pradeep Krishnamurthy, Nikhil Jadhav and our scorer Sulthan. Good night!
Bumrah, MoM: Clarity is very important when you bowl at the death. That's what I look for. When I'm clear, it's easier to execute. Plans don't change at the last moment (of where to bowl), when you run in. If you're changing at the last moment, that means you're not clear. On a bad day a batsman could hit you, but you have to execute your plans. He's (Rahul) batting really well since the start of the season. Difficult to bowl to someone like that. But I backed myself. Knew his wicket was very important. On this wicket, slower ball was not gripping that much from a good length due to the dew. So I was trying to bowl the dipper and I was able to execute so it was a good day.
Rohit, MUM captain: Holding up nicely. After a win, obviously you feel good. I thought we played a perfect game. Whatever we asked from the boys, they came and delivered in the middle. Never been easy for us since the past few years actually. Knew it was going to be a good pitch. Lost the plot in the middle, could have got 10-15 runs more. Those things happen. Been happening for us a number of times now. Nothing to take away from the bowlers. Always knew it was going to be tough for them to come out and defend against a solid batting line-up. Hats off them to deliver the goods. Pollard has always been a match-winner for us. Leaving him out was a tough decision. We thought now was the time to bring him back. Not to take away from Duminy who hasn't got opportunities. We thought if he's batting down the order, Pollard will be the better option for us. Come the big game, Pollard stands up for us. He was disappointed at being left out. What he did with the bat today, that's what he does. Bumrah has come a long way the past two years. He's worked really hard on his bowling. Not easy to come out and bowl the way he does. He's the one who's taken the responsibility. Always Malinga will be missed, but since he's gone, we've known Bumrah is the one to take the charge. He might not be up there in the wickets column, but what he does for us is very very important. Coming out and bowling at difficult times to a batsman who's set, that's what we require from him.
Kieron Pollard: First of all I would like to thank god. Has been disappointing for me. I have seen, I have heard, brought out something different. Thanks for the people who supported me. My wife came back as well and it brought out some difference in me. When you look at the opportunities, the doubt was never there. Most importantly we came out and put up a good fight. We live to fight another day and that's what matters. Never easy in T20 cricket as I said. Thanks to the victory though as we have 12 points and a better run rate. Our season was at stake and Mitch (McClenaghan) bowled really well in the last over and held it together. Congrats to him, he came out on top. We go to Delhi and see if we come out on top again.
Ashwin, PUN captain: (Hands over the Orange Cap to Rahul, who looks like he'd forego a hundred of those for a win) Pretty blank at this point of time. We were in the chase all along. Pretty professional batting effort compared to the last few games, but didn't work out for us today. It looked like it would be a clinical romp for us, but Bumrah bowled really well at the death, and proved himself once again at the death. I've been in a dugout that has been on the edge always (CHN), but today we had a terrible day, and it's quite sad the way things panned out today, so we need a bit of luck to get through now and depend on other results. We were very abject about it after last game, and we wanted to take the game deep and we wanted our best batsmen to be out there. Kudos to both KL and Aaron, but bad luck it for them it didn't happen today. KL has done exceptionally well throughout, he's the billion-dollar guy for us right now, and he has hardly missed a ball throughout the tournament. He's been in and out of the Indian side as well for the last few months, so he was quite eager to prove himself with this opportunity and he has done extremely well for us today.
12.10am local: A few press-ups from McClenaghan in celebration, Lewis joins him, while Rohit looks to the heavens a relieved man. They stared elimination right in the face with that Rahul-Finch partnership going strong, but as Mumbai do, they held on. Their champion bowler in Jasprit Bumrah was absolutely priceless in turning the game around with a double strike in the 17th over. Before the start of that over, PUN would have fancied getting 42 runs in the final four with nine wickets in the bag. But Bumrah had other ideas. He didn't finish there either. He came back in the penultimate over and won the one-on-one contest with an unstoppable-looking KL Rahul. That was the blow which effectively sealed it for the hosts, with Punjab's hollow middle-order offering next to nothing.
Manoj Tiwary, right handed bat, comes to the crease
McClenaghan to Yuvraj, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mitchell McClenaghan [3.0-0-26-1] is back into the attack
So it's 17 needed off the final over. Not out of question, certainly not at the Wankhede. But Punjab don't have any form batsmen at the crease. Can Yuvraj produce the magic we know he's capable of? Just one more time? It's Axar on strike though. McClenaghan will bowl from round the wicket
Yuvraj Singh, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Rahul, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
This game will come down to Rahul vs Bumrah, it's as simple as that. 23 from 12. Will Mumbai sink or swim?
Ben Cutting, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Mumbai favourites now, with the crowd behind them and Bumrah still having one more over left
Axar Patel, left handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Stoinis, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Marcus Stoinis, right handed bat, comes to the crease
Bumrah to Finch, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Jasprit Bumrah [2.0-0-5-0] is back into the attack
Mayank Markande [2.0-0-16-0] is back into the attack
Required rate has gone to 12. It's the leg-spinner now. Something will give
Hardik Pandya [3.0-0-36-0] is back into the attack
Time-out! These two seem to have things in control. But they'll have to be careful about staying ahead in the chase at all times. Don't want to let the rate drift over 12s and 13s
Krunal Pandya [3.0-0-27-0] is back into the attack
Mitchell McClenaghan [2.0-0-14-1] is back into the attack
Jasprit Bumrah [1.0-0-1-0] is back into the attack
Rohit goes to Bumrah. MUM need something. Change of bats for Rahul meanwhile
Mindgames here. First Krunal pulls out, and then Rahul repays
Krunal Pandya [2.0-0-18-0] is back into the attack
Hardik pulls out of his run-up. Trickery and deceit all round...
Hardik Pandya [2.0-0-30-0] is back into the attack
Mayank Markande, right-arm leg break, comes into the attack
An early time-out... Good powerplay for PUN, at a run-rate of 9.5. 130 required off 14 overs, so they're alright with the run-rate. The only problem: Gayle is out. Rahul needs to stay out there if PUN are to get through this run-chase. He's the man in form. And that's the end of the time-out. 3...2...1... Here we go.
Krunal Pandya, left-arm orthodox, comes into the attack
Aaron Finch, right handed bat, comes to the crease
McClenaghan to Gayle, THAT'S OUT!! Caught!!
Mitchell McClenaghan [1.0-0-8-0] is back into the attack
Hardik Pandya, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Jasprit Bumrah, right-arm fast medium, comes into the attack
Rahul and Gayle are at the crease. Rahul is on strike. McClenaghan will open the attack