Mohali: Kings XI Punjab’s opening batsmen scored a low 19 and 7 that affected detrimentally the team in red.
Captain of Mumbai Indians Rohit Sharma gave a disappointing performance as he went out for a duck.
The highest scorer from Mumbai Indians was PA Patel who scored 81 runs and from Kings XI Punjab, it was GJ Maxwell with 56 runs.
Most wicket-takers in both the team equaled at three with JJ Bumrah and MM Sharma both raking in small runs for their team.
It was as we predicted, Mumbai Indians has won the match.
Kings XI Punjab desperately need to make more boundaries to close the gap between the ball and the runs needed. If they keep serving up dot balls, they will be definitely serving victory for the Mumbai Indians in a platter.
Mumbai Indians have suffered early losses here; Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra leaves the pitch without making an impact.
Mumbai Indians has set a target of 189 runs after losing 6 wickets in the first half. Great showmanship by the Mumbai Indians batsmen today. Albeit captain Rohit Sharma left for a humiliating 0, the batsmen who followed him did their best to put up strong defense and charge headlong towards the fast balls. The game was slow in between the innings, but Parthiv Patel and a lot of boundaries following him gave a good innings for the Mumbai Indians.
After Rohit Sharma left the pitch for a duck, batsmen Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu created a successful impasse for the bowlers. No wickets have been lost till now, but Mumbai Indians are struggling with the runs. They cannot rely on mad swings at the end of the overs. They have to make more boundaries.
Rohit Sharma has left the pitch without any protest; he has been taken out by Sandeep Sharma for a duck.
Kings XI Punjab has won the toss and elected to bowl first.
This Indian Premier League season, Rohit Sharma’s squad has suffered from a lack of quality which so brilliantly gave them the title. They need to embrace a more practical approach during peak pressures of the match instead of relying on key players to take control of the match.
Kings XI Punjab will be aiming for their super-blasters – Marsh, Maxwell, and Miller to set a daunting score for the other team if they get a chance to bat first. The Kings will also be hoping that Murali Vijay who has so far scored 2154 runs in 89 matches with an average of 25.34 including nine 50s to help them set a challenging score.
RG Sharma (Captain), PA Patel (Wicketkeeper), AT Rayudu, KH Pandya, JC Buttler, KA Pollard, HH Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, TG Southee, MJ McClenaghan, JJ Bumrah
Kings XI Punjab
M Vijay, M Vohra, SE Marsh, DA Miller (Captain), GJ Maxwell, NS Naik (Wicketkeeper), AR Patel, MG Johnson, MM Sharma, P Sahu, Sandeep Sharma