Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets at Vizag just few moments ago. It was an excellent display by Punjab bowlers to restrict Mumbai Indians to 124 and then chased down the target with ease to register their 4th win of the tournament.
- Brilliant bowling by Punjab new ball bowlers
Mumbai Indians won the toss and choose to bat. Kings XI Punjab new-ball bowlers Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma bowled with great line and length. In the 2nd over Mohit Sharma dismissed Unmukt Chand who was playing in place of Parthiv Patel and after that Sandeep Sharma castled Rayadu with an excellent inswing ball. Mumbai Indians were struggling at 8 for 2 in the 3rd over. Punjab new bowl bowlers created pressure by bowling good line and length not allowing batsmen to play big strokes.
- Failure of top order batsmen
Mumbai Indians top order batsmen did not contribute too much for the team’s cause. Unmukt Chand who replaced Parthiv Patel in the match failed to score. Rayadu who played well in the last match was also dismissed cheaply. Rohit Sharma also struggled to time the ball and was bowled by Axar Patel. Indian youngster Rana played excellent shots but was dismissed at the wrong which put Mumbai Indians on the backfoot. Whenever a partnership is required Mumbai lost wickets. Pollard also played wonderful strokes before being dismissed playing a big stroke.
- Stonis excellent spell restricting Mumbai Indians
Medium pace bowler Stonis bowled an excellent spell to restrict Mumbai Indians batting line up to modest total. He came to the bowling crease in the 7th over and got the of Rana in his 2nd over which broke the backbone of Mumbai Indians batting line up. He picked the important wicket of dangerous Buttler. In the last over when Krunal Pandya and Pollard were looking dangerous he came and picked both wickets in the same to set Mumbai Indians further back. In his four overs he gave away 15 runs and picked 4 wickets to restrict Mumbai Indians to 124.
- Partnership between Vijay and Saha
Chasing a target of 125 runs, Kings XI Punjab got off to a worse start losing the wicket of Hashim Amla in the first over itself. After the wicket of Amla, Saha and Vijay steadied the innings with some sensible batting. Both of them hit the bad balls away for boundaries and rotated the strike on a regular basis. In the first six overs Punjab were 32 runs. Vijay played some wonderful strokes which put Mumbai Indians on the back foot. Both of them put on 48 runs for the second wicket in 9 overs before strategic timeout. After the break, Vijay and Saha continued to play normal cricketing shots making the most of modest total put up by Mumbai Indians. Vijay and Saha completed their half centuries. Saha was dismissed for 56. Vijay and Saha put on 116 for the second wicket.
- A captain’s knock from Murali Vijay
Murali played another captains knock this time but in a winning cause. After Amla was dismissed in the first, Vijay made the batting look easy and played wonderful strokes of the fast bowlers. Vijay looked in excellent touch. Vijay ran between the wickets very well and smashed Pandya all for six and four. He completed his half century off 49 balls and remained not out to guide Punjab to an easy 7 wickets win.