Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 runs in a high scoring game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) and kept themselves into the hunt for the play-offs.
Chasing a daunting total of 231, Mumbai Indians managed to score 223/6 in the 20 overs. West Indies batsmen Lendl Simmons (59 off 32) and Kieron Pollard (54* off 24) batted aggressively but Mumbai felt short of their target by 8 runs in what could have been a record run chase.
A late surge by Hardik Pandya (30 from 13) and Keiron Pollard (50 not out off 24), including a 27-run 16th over from Matt Henry, failed to take the home side as Punjab tightened the noose towards the end. The most successful bowler in the match for Punjab was Mohit Sharma who had figures of two for 57 in four overs.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field but Punjab batters made a mockery of the Mumbai bowling line-up to post biggest score of IPL 10. Saha and Martin Guptill gave their side a perfect start as fifty came for their side in the fourth over itself and the visitors never looked back.
The wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha top scored for Punjab, hitting 93 not out off 55 balls. Whereas the pick of the bowlers for Mumbai was Jasprit Bumrah who had figures of one for 24 of his four overs.
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Kings XI Punjab 230/3 (20 overs)
Wriddhiman Saha 93*, Glenn Maxwell 47
Jasprit Bumrah 1-24
Mumbai Indians 223/6 (20 overs)
Lendl Simmons 59, Kieron Pollard 50*
Mohit Sharma 2-57
Result- Punjab win by seven runs.
- Maksudul HAQUE, Correspondent, bdcrictime