Kings rule over Mumbai

Punjab skipper scores 56 while Pathan, Chawla scalp three wickets each to script victory

Kings XI Punjab cruised to a facile six-wicket victory against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League match at Mohali Stadium on Friday.Chasing 155 to win, Punjab reached the target quite smoothly. Mahela Jayawardene (31) and little known Adrian Barath (33) got off to a flyer.

After the two departed it was left up to Punjab skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Yuvraj Singh (15). Sangakkara played a captain’s knock of 56 off 42 balls to ensure his team reach closer to total.

Punjab pacer Irfan Pathan then did the needful scoring 15 runs in just six balls to hand over second successive defeat for Mumbai Indians.Earlier in the day, Piyush Chawla and Irfan Pathan shared six wickets between them as a lowly Kings XI Punjab restricted formidable Mumbai Indians to a modest 154 for nine.

Opting to bat first, the Mumbai outfit showed rare batting frailty and lost wickets at regular intervals before useful cameos from JP Duminy (35), Ambati Rayudu (33) and skipper Sachin Tendulkar (29) guided them to a modest total.

Kings XI Punjab, already out of semifinal contention, effected as many as five changes in their playing XI but it was splendid bowling by Chawla (3/24) and Pathan (3/29) that allowed them to restrict the visitors.

Pathan removed Shikhar Dhawan (2) with his first delivery to rattle Mumbai but the 44-run stand between Tendulkar and Rayudu, who was the more aggressive of the duo, helped them tide over the early crisis.

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One Response to Kings rule over Mumbai

  1. sunara says:

    wooopiee congrats KXIP n preity!im just over the moon happy 4 this win after a while!yahoo:D

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