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IPL Season 9: Mumbai Indians end rut but Kings XI lose again

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The Mumbai Indians' floundering title defence was given a fresh lease of life today as the reigning IPL champions moved up to 6 points in the league standings courtesy of an en easy 25 run win over the Kings XI Punjab, who stay rank bottom having now lost 5 out of their 6 games so far this season.

Mohali was the setting for the Kings XI's latest debacle as they won the toss and opted to field, as have so many other teams thus far this season. Unfortunately for Punjab following a win formula requires a team capable of winning, and once again the bowling of the hosts let them down terribly as they conceded a rather massive 189-6 from their 20 overs.

 

Sandeep Sharma struck once again with the new ball, the fifth time in the IPL this season, removing Rohit Sharma caught behind for a second ball duck, but Mitchell Johnson, recalled to the side, failed to replicate his opening partner's effort from the other end, instead overstepping when he got Parthiv Patel out. Patel was caught again on the attempted freehit, but punished Johnson later in the over, taking him for a couple of boundaries.

It was to prove a costly miss for Punjab as Parthiv went on to top score for Mumbai, making an impressive 81 off 58 bals. He was given excellent support by Ambati Rayudu, who at no.3, made 65 off just 37 balls, striking 4 boundaries and as many sixes.

Jos Buttler added some magical strokes behind the keeper with a cameo 24 to take Mumbai closer to the 200 run mark, and the visitors would have actually been a little disappointed that they didn't reach the psychological mark, finishing with 189.

Chasing 190 to win was always going to be a tough ask for the hosts, and with Murali Vijay (19) and Manan Vohra (7) falling cheaply their task became all that harder.

Aussies Shaun Marsh (45) and Glenn Maxwell (56) gave the home fans reason to hope, and even a late 30 off 17 balls from David Miller was insufficient as Mumbai cruised to victory by 25 runs with Jasprit Bumrah starring with the ball again, taking 3-26, while the Kiwi pace duo of Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan chipped in with 2 wickets each.

Despite the win, Mumbai stay outside the play-off spots, moving into fifth place in the standings, having played at least 1 game more than everyone else, and even 3 games more than some of the other sides. They will need to string a lot more wins together if they are to break into the top 4 this season. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile look dead and buried already this season and looked poised to battle to avoid the wooden spoon this year. They will face the Gujarat Lions next in Rajkot on Sunday in the 4pm start.

The Mumbai Indians meanwhile have no respite from their heavy early schedule when they take on the Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

Teams

Kings XI Punjab: Murali Vijay, Manan Vohra, Shaun Marsh, David Miller (c), Glenn Maxwell, Nikhil Naik (wk), Axar Patel, Pardeep Sahu, Mohit Sharma, Mitchell Johnson, Sandeep Sharma

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Parthiv Patel (wk), Ambati Rayudu, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Tim Southee, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah

Mini Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians 189/6 (20 overs, 9.45rpo)

P Patel 81 (58) M Sharma 3-38 (4)

A Rayudu 65 (37) S Sharma 1-20 (4)

Kings XI Punjab 164/7 (20 overs, 8.20rpo)

G Maxwell 56 (39) J Bumrah 3-26 (4)

S Marsh 45 (34) T Southee 2-28 (4)

Mumbai Indians won by 25 runs