Mumbai win thriller
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI PunjabA by 4 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday as the hosts registered the sixth victory...
Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI PunjabA by 4 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Monday as the hosts registered the sixth victory in this year's IPL . Punjab's run chase never really took off as a disciplined Mumbai bowlers continued to take wickets at a regular intervals to leave the David Hussey side struggling. Harbhajan Singh (3/14) and Pragyan Ojha (2/22) shared five wickets between them to make Punjab's scoring difficult. David Miller was Punjab's lone warrior, scoring 56 runs off 34 balls with five 6s and one four. With his dismissal, Mitchell Johnson sealed Punjab's fate. Ojha started the Punjab's downward slide when he dismissed Shaun Marsh in the seventh over. Marsh (10) hit Ojha's delivery hard and flat towards the boundary but Kieron Pollard took a blinder next to the boundary rope to dismiss the Australian. Ojha's next victim was David Hussey, who had scored a quick-fire 34 runs in 18 balls. Hussey, like Marsh, had hit hard towards the boundary where Mitchell Johnson took a straight catch. Gurkeerat Singh had walked out to provide a bit of stability to the fast crumbling Punjab batting line-up. But a healthy leading edge off a Harbhajan Singh delivery saw him walking back to the pavilion with only a run to his name. Harbhajan added more injury to the Kings XI Punjab when he dispatched both Azhar Mahmood and Manpreet Gony in quick succession. Mahmood and Gony had edged the spinner's deliveries towards the wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik in the fourteenth over. Kings XI Punjab had suffered two major blows early in their innings as their in-form batsman Mandeep Singh and Manan Vohra were dismissed without adding much to the scoreboard. Mandeep Singh (9) was the first to go to a slower ball by Lasith Malinga, which the Punjab batsman hit straight on to the stumps. Manan Vohra (1) survived a run out only to get caught in the very next ball by Kieron Pollard off a Mitchell Johnson delivery. Earlier, skipper Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 79 off 39 balls to power Mumbai Indians to 174/3 against Kings XI Punjab. Rohit reached his fifty off just 28 balls and his knock was studded with 6 sixes and 6 fours and he scored 27 runs off the last over bowled by his counterpart David Hussey. Such was the onslaught by Mumbai captain that he overshadowed Pollard who was slightly off-colour today hitting a six and a four in his 21-ball 20. Brief Scores: MI 174 for 3 (R Sharma 79 no, D Smith 33) bt KXIP 170 (D Hussey 34, D Miller 56, H Singh /14, P Ojha 2/22).