IPL 2018: Kings XI Punjab Have Batting Issues, Concedes Ravichandran Ashwin

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Kings XI Punjab has great star players like Chris Gayle, Lokesh Rahul, and Marcus Stonis, who can damage the opponent and change the game at any moment.

Indore: After suffering a 10-wicket defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab skipper Ravichandran Ashwin reckons that the team has a problem in the batting department.

Cutting was expensive in the 18th but Bumrah's 19th over was a good one with Rahul failing to clear long off with nine balls remaining.

"[Rahul] has been batting really well so it's sometimes hard to bowl to a batsman like that".

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Kings XI Punjab has squandered its position of advantage with a series of three consecutive defeats.

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The Karnataka batsman shared a 111-run second wicket partnership with Aaron Finch (46) to take Punjab to the brink of a successful run chase but Bumrah scalped three wickets in his second spell to derail the chase. Jasprit Bumrah has also managed to keep him quiet (26 runs in 27 balls). The duo brought up the 50-run stand in just 32 balls but Stoinis had the last laugh when he had Krunal caught at short fine leg. Bumrah finished with 4-0-15-3 to thwart Rahul's 94 and Andrew Tye's 4 for 16, helping MI thrive in the Match 50 of the tournament by 3 runs. Okay, they came up short against Delhi Daredevils and Kings XI Punjab when he smeared 67 and 51 respectively, but they are now on a three-game winning streak thanks to the England man's 82 in the reverse fixture against Kings XI and back-to-back scores in the nineties against Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. Suryakumar Yadav started well for MI today. Krunal struck two maximums and a boundary in the 12th over of the innings from Marcus Stoinis while Pollard hammered a couple of boundaries and a six off Rajpoot in 14th over.

However, just when they were looking good, Krunal threw his wicket away. While MI lost five out of their first six games.

Earlier, South Africa pacer Dale Steyn also questioned the omission of national teammate David Miller from Punjab's playing XI. Eventually, Mumbai scored just 35 runs in the last five overs, but with 186, they were above par anyway. Andrew Tye cleaned up Evin Lewis's middle stump in the fourth over, the West Indian departing for 9.

Suryakumar Yadav has been in fine form for the defending champions, and he will be eager for more runs in the must-win clash.

The pressure doubled when Rohit Sharma (6) mistimed his pull off Ankit Rajpoot and was caught at mid-on.

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