Watch: Mitchell McClenaghan snares wicket of T20 giant Chris Gayle early before denying Kings XI with superb death bowling

The Mumbai Indians have secured a vital win as they continue their pursuit for an IPL playoff spot after outlasting Kings XI Punjab by three runs this morning.

Chasing 186 to win, IPL leading run-scorer KL Rahul knocked three sixes and 10 fours for his sixth fifty of the tournament, but his efforts weren't enough as he was dismissed in the penultimate over to Jasprit Bumrah for 94 runs.

Mumbai moved into the fourth and final playoff spot with one round robin game remainng thanks to the win but before they face the Delhi Daredevils on Monday, Royal Challengers Bangalore can move ahead of them on net run-rate with a big win over Sunrisers Hyderabad tonight.

Mumbai managed 186-8 after being put into bat by Kings XI with Kieron Pollard scoring an even 50 off 23 balls.

Kiwi bowler Mitchell McClenaghan chipped in late with a quickfire 11 runs after smacking a four and six in the final over.

McClenaghan then added to his evening with the crucial wicket of Chris Gayle, dismissing the T20 superstar for 18 runs.

McClenaghan then held his nerve with some supurb death bowling to successfully defend 17 in the final over to give Mumbai the win.


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White Ferns stars make other sporting sacrifices to embark on six week UK tour

The White Ferns are to embark on a six week tour of the United Kingdom with a number of players having to put other sporting commitments on hold.

All-rounder Kate Ebrahim has played rugby for Canterbury and Taranaki as a halfback.

"I jumped in and played for the Canterbury team, something I didn't think would happen, but I thoroughly enjoyed my time with the Canterbury rugby team," said Ebrahim.

Not wanting to pick up a rugby-related injury before the UK tour, Ebrahim is putting all her focus on cricket.

"I thoroughly enjoy that position (halfback) working hard in behind the forwards and feeding the backs."

With most of the White Ferns being part-time it means they often have opportunities to fit other sports around cricket.

Jess Watkins is yet to make her debut for the White Ferns, her recent double century at an age group tournament she partially credits to the fact she's still playing club hockey.

"When you are younger you play a lot of sports and usually with hand eye (co-ordination), you are usually good at other hand eye sports," said Watkins.

The 20-year-old has also played representative hockey.

"Hockey is fantastic there's a lot of cross overs in hockey, with the swinging over a hockey stick and swinging of a cricket bat."

Kate Ebrahim played half for the Canterbury and Taranaki women’s rugby sides. Source: 1 NEWS


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Todd Astle offered first Black Caps contract, two dropped for lacking consistency

Canterbury all-rounder Todd Astle has been offered a Black Caps contract for the first time in his career as part of the 20-strong squad for the 2018-19 season - but two former teammates weren't so lucky.

Selector Gavin Larsen said the 31-year-old spinner had earned his place after strong performances in the past 12 months and featured in plans for the Black Caps' upcoming matches.

"Todd's progress over the past 12 months has been exciting to see. When fit, he made the most of his opportunities in both Test and ODI cricket," said Larsen.

"We have a big summer ahead; we know Todd performs well in New Zealand conditions, and we also have a spin-friendly tour against Pakistan coming up.

"Between Todd, Ish and Mitchell our spin bowling stocks have probably never looked better."

The criteria for selection remained the same as it had in previous seasons, with twice as much weight given to Tests over ODIs and T20s.

As a result, Neil Broom and Jimmy Neesham were not offered renewed contracts.

"Jimmy and Neil didn't show the consistency required over the past year and we'd like to see them go back and demand our attention again through domestic performance," Larsen said.

"We'll continue to monitor the progress of a number of fringe players, who will have the chance to continue to push their case through the NZA programme and home domestic season."

The contracts will take effect on August 1.

2018-19 offered BLACKCAPS contracts: Corey Anderson, Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Adam Milne, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Jeet Raval, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, BJ Watling, Kane Williamson, George Worker.
 

New Zealand's Todd Astle celebrates a wicket. New Zealand Black Caps v West Indies, first One Day International cricket, Cobham Oval, Whangarei, New Zealand. Wednesday, 20 December, 2017. Copyright photo: John Cowpland / www.photosport.nz
New Zealand's Todd Astle celebrates a wicket against the West Indies during the first ODI match at Cobham Oval in Whangarei. Source: Photosport


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