The victory helped Mumbai Indians reach 12 points from 13 matches and need to win their final league game for ending in the top-four.
Mumbai might think that they have an edge ahead of today's match as they had beaten KXIP in their last encounter at Indore, but in the present scenario with the playoffs in sight, it all boils down to a battle of nerves.More news: EU's Tusk asks: 'With friends like Trump, who needs enemies?'
Punjab will be bitterly disappointed with the effort, especially after a 111-run stand between KL Rahul (94) and Aaron Finch (46) had set the game up for them, but it was once again the reliance on the top order which came back to haunt them. He ensured Mumbai had enough to defend and gave them just enough room for error. In the earlier phase of the tournament, despite good individual performances, MI were struggling to close games, and in all these matches Pollard remained the sole failure, which resulted in his ouster from the Playing XI.
WICKET! Mitchell McClenaghan gives MI the breakthrough as he dismisses Chris Gayle for 18, courtesy a catch by Ben Cutting at deep mid-wicket. Rahul on 21, got a life when Ben Cutting dropped a tough chance at cover but Punjab were not complaining as they finished the Power Play in control at 57 for 1. They were nearly rolled over by the KL Rahul juggernaut before Jasprit Bumrah's brilliance tilted the scales in their favour. Faced with all that adversity, Mumbai needed both skill and luck.
Evin Lewis (9 runs) and Suryakumar Yadav (27) got MI to a promising start, but the former departed in the fourth over.More news: Trump Jr. says he can't recall discussing Russia probe with his father
However, just when they were looking good, Krunal threw his wicket away. The T20 will be played at Mumbai.
The pressure doubled when Rohit Sharma (6) mistimed his pull off Ankit Rajpoot and was caught at mid-on. Just one change for us, Kieron Pollard replaces JP Duminy. First, he went after Rajpoot, smashing him for a six and two boundaries before taking Stonis on for three consecutive fours in the next over.
But Jasprit Bumrah struck twice in the 17th over to send Finch packing four short of what would have been a well deserved fifty before bouncing out Marcus Stoinis (1). Then the change in length did the trick for Mumbai. They had plundered 72 runs in the span of five overs after the light-break to be in position of strength after 15 overs. With Krunal Pandya, he began slowly till a floodlight failure halted the game mid-way through MI's innings for a brief while.More news: Rouhani says Iran may remain part of nuclear accord