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13 May 2017, 12:56 | Stacy Ballard
Mohit Sharma defended 15 runs from the final over against a rampaging Kieron Pollard
Predicting the outcome of the Mumbai Indians' last home match against Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Thursday would have been a long shot, especially on the basis of the 10-9 head-to-head score-line in favour of the two-time league victor before Rohit Sharma and Glenn Maxwell went for the toss.
Though Kings XI Punjab won the match by 7 runs, Ishant Sharma proved to be a bit expensive for the team as he gave away 29 runs in his 3 overs.
Saha ended up making 93 off 55 balls, which included 11 boundaries and three sixes, while Patel remained undefeated on 19 off 13 deliveries, which included a six.
In reply, Mumbai Indians almost pulled off the highest ever chase in IPL before being restricted to 223 in 20 overs. Mumbai Indians are still on top of the IPL standings table with 18 points from 13 games, while Kings XI Punjab have now moved up to 14 points from the same number of matches.
Please enter your email. Before this, Gujarat Lions had posted 214/3 against Delhi Daredevils in this edition.
MI had lost footing with the loss of three quick wickets, but Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya put the chase back on track with a flurry of sixes; both batsmen matched each other stroke for stroke, and added 55 runs in 3.3 overs. Still, they managed to push KXIP to a commanding total of 230, courtesy a 16-run final over.
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The big West Indian smashed the first ball from Mohit down the ground and turned for two with a poor throw from Maxwell allowing him to make his ground, however he got just one run for his effort as he turned having grounded his bat short of the crease at the bowler's end.
Leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia then bowled a half-tracker to rival skipper Rohit Sharma (5), who provided the simplest of catches to Guptill at deep-mid-wicket.
Batting first, Martin Guptill and WriddhimanSahahelped KXIP to their season-best powerplay score; the opening pair added 71 runs in the first six overs with both batsmen contributing in nearly equal proportions.
Simmons, who scored his half-century off only 27 balls, hit five boundaries and four sixes, before a brilliant effort at the long-on boundary from Martin Guptill saw the Caribbean global head back to the dug-out.
Kings XI were further aggrieved when he hit the following ball for six, his fifth of the innings, but from there on Mohit Sharma was flawless, conceding just one more from the over to seal an exhilarating win.
Guptill was in his element hitting a towering six over long off Malinga. The ploy paid dividends as Saha used the pace on offer from Mumbai's seamers to hit four fours off his first seven balls.
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