Spinner Mujeeb ur Rahman hurt his hand while bowling against Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday and missed Kings XI's match against Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Kings XI Punjab's wicket-keeper batsman Lokesh Rahul and Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya swapped jerseys with each-other after the host thrashed visitors by three runs at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai on Wednesday.
Continuing his glorious run with the bat, Suryakumar started off in his customary style before breaking loose as he smacked rookie pacer Ankit Rajpoot for two fours and as many sixes to milk 21 runs off the second over of the innings before Tye was employed into the attack.
It has been a story similar to Mumbai's for KXIP whose openers - Rahul and Gayle - were giving them good starts until last night when both succumbed to Yadav's short balls. "He's a different bowler from me, he bowls a lot of knuckle balls and he has a different pace from me". The result set up a mad scramble over the last few days of the regular season.
There are Five teams who will contest for the two remaining playoff spots. Should they lose against Punjab, Mumbai will be out of the play-off race.
With Kings XI requiring 42 off four overs, Sharma threw the ball to Bumrah again and the lanky bowler responded by dismissing Finch and Marcus Stoinis in the 17th.
"With one or two games, in three hours I always believe a player does not become bad", he said about the games he could not win for Mumbai this season. We were very abstract about our performance last match and spoke about our best batsmen taking it deep.
Needing 38 off the last three overs, Punjab took 15 runs off Ben Cutting's 18th over as Rahul (94 off 60 balls) smashed three consecutive boundaries off the Australian seamer.
Aaron Finch (46) and Rahul then forged a crucial 111-run partnership. The Punjab openers have been a major reason behind their success as the two have handed a ideal start to their side on several occasions in this year's edition. Skipper Rohit Sharma (6) failed to get going once again but it was the comeback man Kieron Pollard (50, SR: 217.39) who made his opportunity count to notch up an explosive half century. But Bumrah's excellent final spell, 2-0-10-3, and wickets at inopportune moments meant Kings XI's playoffs chances took a heavy beating.