In a do or die match to keep playoffs hopes alive, Mumbai Indians have beaten the table toppers Kings XI Punjab and stood in the competition. The match seen the first century of this IPL season came for MI’s opening batsman, Lendl Simmons who scored a well-deserved unbeaten knock of 100 off 61 balls.

This is what the captains of both the teams have to say:

Losing team captain Bailey has praised Simmons for his brilliant knock. He felt that his team was 10-15 run short after a start they got before a great comeback from MI bowlers spoiled it. He hoped that his team will come back well in the last two games and hope to end in first two spots which gives an extra bit of advantage in playoffs.

George Bailey (KXIP’s Captain) :I think we’ll probably learn a lot from this game. We lost wickets through the middle, and we saw what happens when one of your guys at the top bats through. A phenomenal innings by Lendl. We were probably 10-15 short. If we had got early wickets, we’d have been in with a shout, but we were thoroughly outplayed. It’s important to keep the momentum going. Shaun Marsh came in and batted well. It’s a balance between momentum and keeping guys fresh. It’s important to finish in the top two.

Winning team captain Rohit Sharma praised his team for putting good efforts for beating a strong team like KXIP. Has agreed that it was a tough task for his team in UAE but now it looks fine. He promised to perform in the next two games in same form with the next two been at home ground will help them more. He openly said that they now will hoping to see a couple of results going in their way.

Rohit Sharma (MI’s Captain):This team has got the ability to put the performances in. I will still keep my fingers crossed, as anything can happen. We’ve got to win two games to be in the hunt, so the important aspect is winning those two games. We go back to Bombay, and we hope to perform well in home conditions. This team has got potential, but it didn’t work out at the start of the tournament in Dubai. The way we played tonight was brilliant.

Man of the Match Simmons thanked Mumbai Indians for giving an opportunity as he was considered as a replacement of injured Jalaj Saxena. He felt the century was a great moment for him. He explained that the track was good to bat and he utilized it to extent. When asked about favourite shot, he said slog-sweep and so he enjoyed playing it.

Lendl Simmons (Man of the match):Was a great moment for me, I would like to thank Mumbai for giving me a chance to come and play for them. Was very excited when I got a call from Mumbai. It was a very good track and the ball was coming on nicely. The slog-sweep that I played off the spinner, I enjoyed it a lot.

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