dglobalnews.com KXIP pip Mumbai Indians by 7 runs to stay alive
Published: Sat, May 13, 2017
Sports | By Jeannette Edwards

KXIP pip Mumbai Indians by 7 runs to stay alive

Mumbai Indians's Kieron Pollard discusses the run-fest - 553 runs were scored in 40 overs - at the Wankhede, in which Kings XI Punjab prevailed to stay alive in the tournament. That was despite being hit by Pollard for a six off the second ball, leaving nine runs needed for victory. MI had their chances and were even favourites to win at one point in time, before the KXIP bowlers strangled them right at the death; MI finished at 223-6, falling eight runs short.

At times the Kings XI were there own worst enemies with Ishant Sharma falling in his follow through three times before missing a run out opportunity while Maxi himself dropped a catch on the boundary which he palmed for six and had a few more fielding mishaps.

IPL table-toppers Mumbai Indians might have suffered back-to-back defeats after securing a play-off berth, but there was no need to press the panic button, said West Indian Kieron Pollard.

Earlier, Kings XI was put into bat and scored 230-3 with Wriddhiman Saha 93 not out off 55 balls and Maxwell out for 47.

Batting first, Martin Guptill and WriddhimanSahahelped KXIP to their season-best powerplay score; the opening pair added 71 runs in the first six overs with both batsmen contributing in nearly equal proportions.

Kings XI Punjab have 14 points from 13 matches and still have a game in hand. It was spell which saw the hosts lose four wickets for 22 runs as Simons was caught brilliantly by Martin Guptill, who prevented a certain six with a superbly-timed jump.

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Saha, who was promoted to open the innings after South African Hashim Amla left to join his national side for the upcoming ICC Champions Trophy, complimented the New Zealand big hitter well as the Punjab side raced to 50 off just 24 balls.

It was another must-win game for the men in red, as it has been for a few matches, and once again they lost the toss and were put in to bat on a Wankhede "pancake" of a pitch. The onslaught continued after Guptill was gone, as skipper Glenn Maxwell (47, 21b, 2x4, 5x6) chose to give the kitchen sink to Harbhajan Singh, smashing the veteran off-spinner for three sixes in the ninth over.

The chase began on a promising note, with the opening pair of Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel adding 99 - MI's best opening stand of the season.

Sandeep's penultimate over proved a game changer as he conceded just seven runs in it but Pollard struck a six in the second delivery of the final over to bring down the required runs to seven from final four balls.

Mohit was the most successful bowler with two wickets, while Sandeep, Maxwell, Patel and Rahul Tewatia claimed one wicket each. Pandya perished after sharing a 55-run stand (21 balls) with Pollard for the fifth wicket.

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