Published: Fri, May 12, 2017
Sport | By Wendy Sparks

Mohit has last laugh as Kings XI beat Mumbai by 7 runs

Mohit has last laugh as Kings XI beat Mumbai by 7 runs

Mohit Sharma bowled three awful overs and four brilliant balls at the death as Kings XI Punjab kept its hopes alive of reaching the Indian Premier League playoffs with a seven-run victory over Mumbai Indians on Thursday.

Batting first, Kings XI Punjab scored a mammoth 230 for 3 in 20 overs.

Martin Guptill showed off his superb fielding skills in the Kings XI Punjab's win over Mumbai.

Once Pandya was caught brilliantly by Saha behind the stumps off Sandeep Sharma, Karn Sharma (19 off 6 balls) also did his bit with Pollard going for the jugular.

On Thursday against Kings XI Punjab, a team desperate for a win to keep their hopes in the competition alive, Mumbai's bowling attack came under attack. Mumbai Indians have already qualified with 18 points and have a game left against Kolkata Knight Riders.

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The Victorian shared a 63-run second-wicket stand with Wriddhiman Saha, who carried his bat to finish unbeaten on 93.

Although Guptill sent Karn's first two balls to the ropes, the first a paddle-sweep and the second a lofted straight drive back over the bowler's head, the New Zealand batter fell on the third ball, which he top-edged while attempting to play a slog sweep; Hardik Pandya did well to pluck out a high catch from the progressively darkening Mumbai skyline. Pollard and Pandya scored 55 runs in 21 deliveries nearly pulling off an historic run-chase.

In the process, Kings XI Punjab notched up season's highest total of 230/3 in their make-or-break penultimate IPL encounter.

Needing 16 off the final over, Kieron Pollard (50 off 24 balls) saw one run being deducted off the first delivery as he didn't touch the crease at non-striker's end. The duo took apart the Punjab bowlers as they reached the 50-run mark in just the fifth over of the innings.

MI needed 23 runs from the final two overs, but the KXIP bowlers bowled two excellent overs at the death; Sandeep Sharma conceded only 7 runs in the nineteenth over, and Mohit Sharma conceded only eight runs in the final over.

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The Kings XI score of 230 for 3 was mainly due Wriddhiman Saha and cameos from captain Glenn Maxwell and Martin Guptill.

Guptill started the innings slamming medium pacer Hardik Pandya for two fours in the very first over and then dispatching Sri Lankan Lasith Malinga for a flat six as the Kiwi right-hander looked set for a big innings.

3rd Ball: Mohit bowls a low full-toss and Pollard hits it down the ground but refuses to take a single.

Simmons and Parthiv Patel (38) put on 99 for the opening wicket, but a crucially sticky union between Rohit Sharma (five off seven) and Nitish Rana (12 off 12) that added just 13 runs in 15 deliveries ultimately proved costly.

A special mention should go to Jasprit Bumrah, who conceded just 24 runs and took one wicket in his four overs amongst all the chaos. With vital contributions from veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh as well as the experienced Lasith Malinga, the table toppers have formed a unsafe attack.

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