Mohali, Apr 25: Mumbai riding high on Rohit Sharma's fifty took sweet revenge after defeating Kings XI Punjab by 4 wickets in Game 33 of IPL 5 at Mohali on Wednesday.
Though Mumbai lost 6 wickets for 83 runs, they managed to reach the target in 19.5 overs. Parwinder Awana's 18th over did raise doubts, as the match went to the wire after the fall of Rohit Sharma and skipper Harbhajan Singh as the bowler gave away only 8 runs when the required run-rate had crossed 14. Awana finished with figures of 3/39 off 4 overs but his performance could not change the result in Kings XI's favour.
Rohit Sharma played brilliantly (50 off 29 balls) to guide the team to victory as he received support from Ambati Rayudu (34*). Peterson (16*) played a magnificent knock as he got the winning runs. Rayudu and Peterson hit 27 runs off Piyush Chawla's over, the 19th over of the innings which turned the match in Mumbai's favour.
Rohit Sharma's knock included 3 sixes and 3 boundaries. Rayudu's match-winning knock won him the man of the match award.
With 5 runs to win off the last 6 balls, Mumbai won the match with 2 balls to spare.
Azhar Mahmood, Parwinder Awana both bowled very well to give Punjab the edge. But another thrilling match was at store as Kings XI fought hard before losing it in 19.5 overs.
This match reminds one of the weekend match between the same teams, as Kings XI won the match by two runs.
Kings XI Punjab's Innings Report: David Hussey's quick fire innings helped Punjab post a decent total of 168/3 in 20 overs as they hammered Mumbai Indians to score 60 runs off the last 5 overs, to set a target of 169 for Harbhajan & Co to win this crucial tie at Mohali.
Mumbai Indians got the much needed breakthrough, and were quite happy with their performance in the first 15 overs, as Punjab managed to score only 100 with five overs remaining.
Punjab scored 68 runs off the last 5 overs to put up a defendable target against the star-studded Mumbai line-up. David Hussey powers Punjab to a good total as he scored an unbeaten 68 off 40 balls which included 4 sixes and 4 boundaries.
RP Singh and Clint McKay picked a wicket each as Punjab's run-rate was kept well under check after the first six overs. Punjab reached 50 in 8.4 overs, which means they took 2.4 overs to score 6 runs.
Hussey's XI lost one wicket in the powerplay (Mandeep Singh) while they lost another opener after the time-out (Nitin Saini).
David Hussey (68) and David Miller (34) added 89 runs off 7.1 overs to help the team reach 168/3 in 20 overs to comeback strongly. Now, Mumbai need 169 to win off 20 overs.
Toss Report: Kings XI Punjab, won the toss and elected to bat in the return-leg tie against Mumbai Indians as they look to disappoint their opponents yet again in the crucial tie to be played at Mohali today.
Both the teams have secured 6 points so far, which makes it an interesting contest as Kings XI and Mumbai Indians both can fancy their chances here to take further lead in the tournament.
Mumbai have made two changes, as Robin Peterson and Clint McKay are included in the playing XI, while Kings XI play an unchanged team.
Mumbai Indians: Harbhajan Singh (captain), Sachin Tendulkar, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik (wicketkeeper), Munaf Patel, Rohit Sharma, Rudra Pratap Singh, James Franklin, Kieron Pollard, Robin Petersen, Clint McKay
Kings XI Punjab: David Hussey (captain), Shaun Marsh, Piyush Chawla, Mandeep Singh, Parvinder Awana, Praveen Kumar, Bhargav Bhatt, Nitin Saini (wicketkeeper), Siddharth Chitnis, David Miller, Azhar Mahmood.
Umpires: Aleem Dar (Pakistan) and Bruce Oxenford (Australia)
Match Referee: Roshan Mahanama (Sri Lanka)