MUMBAI, May 12: Despite recording the highest team total of the season - 230 for 3 - Kings XI Punjab had to sweat it out in the middle to beat Mumbai Indians (223/6) by seven runs in Match 51 of the Indian Premier League season 10 at the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on Thursday to keep themselves alive in the race for the playoffs. For KXIP Wriddhiman Saha top-scored with an unbeaten 93 off just 55 deliveries and skipper Glenn Maxwell chipped in with a 21-ball 47-run knock. For Mumbai, Lendl Simmons led the charge scoring a 32-ball 59 before Kieron Pollard took MI close with a 30-ball 50-run assault.
We break the match in five:
Saha, Guptill provide blazing start
Another do-or-die match for Kings XI Punjab and they got off the blocks quickly with Martin Guptill getting a new partner in Saha. Guptill started off with three fours off the first over bowled by Hardik Pandya. Saha then took three fours off Mitchell McLenaghan before ploughing in to Lasith Malinga for two fours. Guptill got himself a straight six off Malinga in the same over. By the fifth over, KXIP had reached 60 for no loss, but the introduction of Karn Sharma did the trick for Mumbai Indians as Guptill was caught in the deep after hitting two consecutive boundaries off the legspinner.
Saha leads with handy cameos from others
Departure of Guptill brought the KXIP skipper to the middle and the Australian got things rolling immediately taking Karn for two sixes towards the cow corner. Saha continued to time the ball well after the powerplay and maintained KXIP's early run-rate with three fours off one McClenaghan over. Maxwell then dug into Harbhajan Singh taking the former India spinner for three sixes. Harbhajan's first over went for 21 runs. Jasprit Bumrah was brought back in to the attack and he claimed Maxwell with a fuller delivery that knocked over the KXIP skipper's stumps. Maxwell made 47 off 21. Shaun Marsh then managed two big sixes in his short 16-ball 25-run stay. In the meantime, Saha reached his fifty off just 32 deliveries and went on to remain unbeaten on 93 off 55 deliveries as KXIP pushed their total to 230 for 3.
MI openers match KXIP's start
Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel matched KXIP in the powerplay overs. Simmons got a four off the first delivery of the chase while Parthiv hit three fours off one Matt Henry over. Ishant Sharma was taken for 15 runs in his second over with Parthiv earning himself two fours and Simmons hitting one of his own. Two sixes off Mohit Sharma by the West Indian meant MI reached 68 for no loss by the end of the powerplay overs. Axar Patel was greeted to the middle with two sixes by Simmons after Mohit dropped a fairly easy catch at long-off off Simmons. Mohit was in for further trouble as he was tonked for three consecutive fours by Parthiv, but the opener played one shot too many and was caught at short cover trying to heave a slower delivery. With the scorecard reading 104 for 1, MI were in a good position.
KXIP strike back with wickets
KXIP got themselves back in the contest by getting quick wickets. After Parthiv's dismissal, Maxwell claimed Simmons with Guptill taking a superb catch at long-on - a one-handed stunner. Simmons departed for 59 off 32. Rohit Sharma was then scalped by legpsinner Rahul Tewatia for five with Guptill taking his second catch of the night. Nitish Rana also succumbed to the pressure of the asking rate and was removed by Axar with Guptill holding on to his third catch. MI seemed to be losing their way at 123 for 4 in 13.
Pollard-Pandya show goes in vain
But Pollard and Hardik got MI back in business with a 55-run stand in just 21 deliveries. The assault started with the duo taking Tewatia for one six each before they ploughed in to Henry, taking 27 runs. Pollard earned himself two sixes and Pandya too hit two maximums to put the pressure back on KXIP. Sandeep Sharma started the 17th over with a bang by removing Hardik for 30 off 13, with Saha taking a good catch behind the stumps. But Pollard kept MI in the hunt taking a six and two fours off Sandeep. Karn got crucial runs for MI taking Mohit for a six and two fours. The pacer though castled Karn in the same over. Sandeep then bowled a fantastic 19th over under pressure conceding just seven runs. With 16 needed in the final over, Pollard ran a couple, with one run being called short, off the first delivery and then hit Mohit for a six off the second delivery. The pacer came back well with three straight dots helping KXIP beat MI by seven runs and kept themselves alive in the race for the playoffs.(TOI)
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