Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians – IPL 5 – Mumbai secure a close win by four wickets – Live Score and Update
Kings XI Punjab 168/3 (20/20 ov) v Mumbai Indians 171/6 (19.5/20 ov) - Mumbai Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)
Mumbai Indians secured their fourth win from seven matches on Wednesday, April 25, in their India Premier League (IPL) clash against Kings XI Punjab, at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh.
Playing at home, Punjab had staggered a total of 168 runs for the loss of just three wickets, but failed to prevent Mumbai from chasing down the total.
After this defeat, Punjab’s stand-in captain, David Hussey said, “Fantastic game, mirror image to the one in Mumbai. I think we had enough, anything can happen in T20, and anything did. The penultimate over really turned the tide. You try and bowl your best bowler in the penultimate over, Chawla bowled well earlier but they got stuck in."
Meanwhile, for Mumbai this win was a good omen, as they now hope to gain momentum in the tournament after a slow start.
Earlier in the day, after winning the toss, Punjab chose to bat first as they wanted to post maximum runs on the board to subdue Mumbai.
The start was decent for the Kings as openers Nitin Saini and Mandeep Singh jammed 35 runs together before Mumbai finally struck by grabbing the wicket of Singh, who faltered after scoring an innings of 22 runs.
By 79 runs on the board, the side had lost three wickets, but this was the point when the tables were turned and Punjab were led into a dominating position by skipper Hussey, who smashed a sensational innings of 68 runs.
With this total on the board, Punjab were pretty confident that they would be able to stop Mumbai from reaching the target.
Nonetheless, Mumbai batsmen gave a collective effort as everyone chipped in to sail the side towards victory.
The 50-run knock by Rohit Sharma laid the foundation work for Mumbai to go on and win the match, while later in the innings, it was Ambati Rayudu who played an unbeaten innings of 34 runs under extreme pressure to take his side across the finish line with only a delivery to spare. He was later named as the Player of the Match.