Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by 7 runs

Kings XI Punjab stay alive in the race to the VIVO IPL 2017 Playoffs after they held their nerve to deny the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday night.

The skipper's two overs cost just eight runs, and he claimed the big wicket of Lendl Simmons, aided by a brilliant catch from Guptill on the boundary.

But Mohit Sharma (2-57) kept his head to limit the powerful batsman's angles and keep Kings XI alive.

Wriddhiman Saha, who was adjudged the Man-of-the-Match for his 55-ball 93, hailed Mohit's effort.

The 453-run aggregate total was the second-highest in IPL history, exceeded only by the 469 between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals in 2010.

Unlike some of the other teams, Mumbai Indians do not have a single entry on the list of top ten run-getters in this season (ahead of the game against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday).

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has once again lit up the IPL, leading his Kings XI Punjab side to a win over Mumbai.

Nitesh Rana (12) and Rohit Sharma (5) fell and it looked desperate for Mumbai but Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya came in and unleashed on the Kings XI to transfer the pressure.

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From then on it has been a mixed bag and the worst show was against the Sunrisers in Hyderabad when they were tied down to a low score of 138 for seven which was easily overhauled by their rivals with seven wickets to spare.

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. But in his last five innings, teams have bowled just three short balls to him.

Before this, the highest total this season was 214 for 3 against Gujarat Lions.

After being put into bat, Punjab pulled off a surprise by sending Saha to open the innings with Martin Guptill [36 off 18 balls] and the duo started off well, adding 68 runs for the opening partnership.

For KXIP, Mohit Sharma (2/57) came in for stick, but he picked up two wickets and bowled a superb last over, as did Sandeep Sharma, who conceded 42 runs in his four overs, but bowled an excellent penultimate over. The West Indian remained unbeaten on 50 off 24 balls with the help of a four and five sixes.

The West Indian nearly outshone Saha, but the India international's effort was ultimately a match-winner.

There was controversy as Pollard appeared to deliberately run short as Maxwell closed in on the ball in the deep, getting back on strike at the cost of a run before belting the next delivery over midwicket for six runs.

  • Regina Holmes