Kings XI Punjab won the match by 7 wickets, raised difficulties for the Mumbai Indians


Vishakhapatnam: In a low-scoring match of IPL-9 team Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets. It was Punjab’s fourth win in 11 games and moved to seventh spot while Mumbai remain at five after their fifth defeat in 12 matches.

Marcus Stoinis led the way with four wickets as a disciplined Kings XI Punjab restricted Mumbai Indians to a modest 124 for nine in the 20 overs.

In reply, Kings XI Punjab chased down the target of 125 in 17 overs. Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha scored half-centuries. Vijay (54 not out) and Saha (56) inspired Kings XI to a comfortable victory in Visakhapatnam.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians lost two wickets for just eight runs on the board within the third over of the innings. Playing in place of Parthiv Patel, Unmukt Chand could not make the rare opportunity count as he got out to a terrible shot.  Rohit made 15 off 24 balls with a lone boundary. The reigning champions sank deeper as they lost Nitish Rana (25) followed by the big wicket of Jos Buttler (9). Rana struck three sixes while facing 28 balls.

However, MI still had the firepower of Kiron Pollard and the burly West Indian did not disappoint his team, smashing a flurry of sixes. Pollard smashed 27 off 20 balls with the help of three sixes, Pandya contributed a 12-ball 19, hitting a boundary and six.

Harbhajan Singh remained not out on 14 off 10 balls, hitting a boundary and a six.

Stoinis was supported by Sandeep Sharma (2/11) and Mohit (2/26)