In a must win encounter to put on hopes to qualify for finals, the defending champions Mumbai Indians secured a win with a outstanding performance as they beat the Southern Express by 9 wickets.

After winning the toss, Mumbai chosed to bowl looking the point of dew that effected them a bit last night. Harbhajan started brilliantly with some tight bowling along with Bumrah. The runs became tough to come but the wickets came quite easily. After the halfway stage the Express team started to score well with help of some poor fielding efforts from Mumbai. Towards the end, Maharoof‘s blazing innings of 41 helped them to post 161 for 6.

Chasing a stiff total to stay alive, Mumbai were set off to a cautious start by openers who put on 39 in mandatory powerplay. But once the fielding restrictions were lifted up the both the batsmen went over the Southern Express bolwers. The batsmen were looked like to be in battle who scores more. Finally Hussey fell for 60 after sharing a stand of 139 with counterpart Simmons who was unbeaten of 76. Captain Pollard who came after Hussey began his innings with a six and ended up on 7-balls 20 which had 3 sixers helping his team to finish with 22 balls to spare.

Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians: 165 for 1 in 16.2 overs (L Simmons 76*, MEK Hussey 60; SS Pathirana 1/26) beat Southern Express: 161 for 6 in 20.0 overs (MF Maharoof 41*, MD Gunathilaka 30; Jalaj S Saxena 1/3, KA Pollard 1/18) by 9 wickets

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