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The Mumbai Indians play host to the Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium with both sides in desperate need for a win.

The flip of the coin went the way of the home side with Rohit Sharma sending Kings XI Punjab in to bat. Mumbai have made some interesting selections with Jagadeesha Suchith and Pawan Suyal coming in for Pragyan Ojha and Bumrah.

Punjab meanwhile made one change to their side with Rishi Dhawan coming in for Karanveer Singh.


Mumbai Indians: R Sharma (c), A Finch, A Tare (wk), A Rayudu, C Anderson, K Pollard, H Singh, L Malinga, V Kumar, P Suyal, J Suchith

Kings XI Punjab: V Sehwag, M Vijay, W Saha (wk), G Maxwell, A Patel, D Miller, G Bailey (c), M Johnson, R Dhawan, A Singh, S Sharma


A fantastic all round performance from Australia's World Cup star James Faulkner allowed former champions the Rajasthan Royals to script a comfortable 26 run win against a power-packed Kings XI Punjab outfit that just failed to fire on the day.

Sent into bat after losing the toss, Rajasthan posted a competitive total of 162-7 on the board thanks to a late flourish from James Faulkner (46) and Deepak Hooda (30), with the duo adding 51 runs in 6 overs after the top order had lost its way and slid to 75-5 at the half-way stage of the innings.

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Kings XI Punjab continued their unbeaten run in the Champions League T20 booking their place in the semi-finals of the competition in style with another crushing 7 wicket win over the Cape Cobras from South Africa.

The Kings XI Punjab won the toss and once again invited their opposition to make first use of the pitch. The Cobras made a solid start, adding 60 runs for the opening wicket before Hashim Amla fell for an excellent 40 from just 22 balls to Karanveer Singh. His opening partner Richard Levi also made a handy contribution, chipping in with 42 from 37 balls, but the Punjab spinners tied up the Cobras middle order in knots and picked up wickets at regular intervals.

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The Mumbai Indians made a happy return to Indian shores, tossing the form book right out the window as some big hitting from Kieron Pollard (28* from 12 balls) and Aditya Tare (16* from 6 balls) took them to a shock 5 wicket win over the table topping Kings XI Punjab in a game played in front of 18,000 school children at Mumbai's famous Wankhede Stadium.

Batting first on winning the toss, the Kings XI Punjab posted an under par 168-5 on what was a very good pitch for stroke making. Wriddhiman Saha recovered from a slow start to post a decent unbeaten 59 from 47 balls, while Glen Maxwell contributed a handy 45 from 27 balls in the middle of the innings.

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The Kings XI Punjab continue to dominate season 7 of the Indian Premier League, picking up their fourth win on the trot in the competition with a 23 run victory over the Kolkata Knight Riders. For once though it was the bowlers who were the stars of the show today on a sluggish pitch with the Punjab team working well as a unit to bowl KKR out for just 109 after the former champions had restricted Kings XI to just 132-9 in their 20 overs.

KKR won the toss and unsurprisingly but Kings XI in to bat considering the last match on this pitch had seen the team batting first (RCB) bowled out for just 70. There was to be no repeat performance this time around though with Kings XI Punjab racing away to 51-2 in the powerplay with Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell occupying the crease after Cheteshwar Pujara had been run out for 8 and Wriddhiman Saha had fallen leg before to Jacques Kallis for 14.

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A blistering innings of 95 from just 43 balls by 'The Big Show' Glenn Maxwell helped the Kings XI Punjab record an unlikely 6 wicket win over the former champions Chennai Super Kings in a high scoring contest at Abu Dhabi. More than 400 runs were scored in the game as Kings XI chased down 205 to win, but such was the ease with which Punjab chased down the target, that they got there in the end with more than an over to spare.

The Chennai Super Kings won the toss and got off to a blistering start as Brendon McCullum (67 from 45 balls) and Dwayne Smith (66 from 43 balls) smashed the ball to all corners of the ground, sharing in an opening stand worth 123 in which they were comfortably scoring at 10 an over. McCullum fell first to rookie left arm spinner Akshar Patel, making his IPL debut, but the runs kept coming for Chennai as Suresh Raina (24) and MS Dhoni (26 from 11 balls) continued to strike the ball cleanly, taking Chennai to what looked like a winning total of 205-4.

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Match 69 of the Indian Premier League could have held a great deal of importance for the Kings XI Punjab till the result of last night's game between the Sunrisers Hyderabad and the Rajasthan Royals came in. With Sunrisers' victory however, the deal was sealed for the Kings XI as far as a spot in the Play-offs was concerned. While the Kings XI played out a dead-rubber, their opponents, the Mumbai Indians who are currently at the top of the table, headed into the game hoping to secure a victory, and thereby maintain the more comfortable first-spot in the points table at the end of the league stage.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided to field first. Mumbai made two changes to their side, bringing in debutant Nathan Coulter- Nile for Mitchell Johnson while Rishi Dhawan came in for Pragyan Ojha.  Adam Gilchrist, playing his final IPL game, said that Dharamsala was one of his favorite places to play cricket at, and thanked the fans for the support he was given over the years during his IPL career. Kings XI made one change, bringing in Gurkeerat Mann for the injured R Sathish.

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