Spirited Kings XI Punjab keeps their play-off hopes alive as they pip Mumbai Indians by a whisker. Chasing a total of 230, Mumbai fell just 7 runs short on Thursday in the 51st league match of Vivo Indian Premier League 2017.
MI vs KXIP match was a run-fest as 453 runs, the second highest aggegrate in IPL history. The day belonged to the batsmen as Cricketers exhibited their batting skills on a new Wankhede pitch. Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl first but to his surprises, Punjab players were mentally prepared as it was a do or die game for them.
Surprisingly it was Wriddhiman Saha opened the inning with Martin Guptill because of the two-time centurion, Hashim Amla had to leave for South Africa to fulfill national team commitments. First Guptill stunned the Wankhede by smashing 36 off 18 balls and then Saha carried the bat till the end of the inning as he scored unbeaten 93 off 55 balls. He was also involved in three fifty runs partnership with Guptill, Maxwell and Shaun Marsh. Every Kings XI batsman contributed a handful of runs with nothing less than 146 strike rate. Infact Glenn Maxwell, hit 5 sixes to propel his team in the middle overs. He was outdone by Bumrah in the 11th over scoring 47 off 21 balls.
In the chase of 230, Mumbai Indians were off to a flying start as Simmons & Parthiv Patel punished Kings bowler for adding 99 runs in 8.4 overs. Simmons scored 59 in 32 balls and Parthiv added 38 off 23 balls.
It was leg-spinner Tewatia who brought his team back in the game as he dismissed Rohit Sharma for 5. Mumbai lost their way in middle overs as they were reduced to 121 for 4 after Nitish Rana’s wicket.
Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya defy the odds as they scored 50 runs in 19 balls as the team raced to score of 200 in 17.3. It was Sandeep Sharma, giving just 7 runs in the penultimate over reduced the equation to 15 off the last over. Yet again Mohit Sharma delivered in the last over to defend 15 runs against likes of Kieron Pollard who scored 50 off just 24 balls. In the end, Mumbai fell short by just 8 runs in a slug-fest match.
After their loss against Gujarat Lions, Maxwell & Co were in a situation to win all their remaining three games. A couple of days back, they beat Kolkatta Knight Riders and now they have handed Mumbai Indians a similar loss in the chase. They are just one win away to fancy their chances for playoff, provided defending Champions Sunrisers Hyderabad lose their only remaining game. Their last match is scheduled to take place on May 14th against Supergiant at MCA Stadium. If you are not from Pune, you can still watch the match on giant screen at IPL Fan Park in Bhubaneshwar, Meerut, Nadiad and Warangal on 13th and 14th May.