Mumbai Indians’ search for win ends as they defeated Kings XI Punjab at their home ground by five wickets. Chasing a target of 169 Kieron Pollard and Aditya Tare took MI home in style with five balls to spare.
Things did not started on positive note for MI as they lost opener Ben Dunk (5) in the first over. Ambati Rayudu (8)was the next batsman dismissed when an in dipper from Sandeep Sharma trapped him lbw, MI scorecard then read 23-2 in 3rd over.
CM Gautam who was promoted to opening position made most of this opportunity as he scored 33 runs and kept attacking KXIP bowlers. He along with skipper Rohit Sharma steadied the MI chase with a 47 run stand.Rishi Dhawan then broke the partnership as he had Gautam lbwin 10th over.
Corey Anderson and Rohit Sharma looked to seal the deal for MI as the duo added an imperative 53 runs for the 4th wicket. Both these batsmen looked set to finish things off but in space of three runs the two were dismissed. Balaji picked Rohit Sharma (39) and Dhawan dismissed Anderson (35) leaving MI 126-5.
Pollard and Aditya Tare then took the centre stage and belted KXIP bowlers to see their side cross the line. Pollard and Tare joined hands for an unbeaten 45 run stand off just 15 balls.
MI needed 25 runs from last two overs and Pollard ripped apart KXIP spearhead Mitchell Johnson for 20 runs in 19th over and then hit a six on first ball of the last over to see MI register their first win this season.
Sandeep Sharma and Rishi Dhawan bagged two wickets each while Balaji settled with one wicket.
Earlier Kings XI Punjab rode on Wriddhiman Saha and Glenn Maxwell’s brilliance to set a target of 169. Saha who scored his 2nd IPL fifty remained unbeaten on 59 while Maxwell once again fell short of a milestone as he was dismissed on 45. Harbhajan Singh returned with match figures of 2-34 while Corey Anderson and Lasith Malinga picked one wicket each.
With this win Mumbai Indians win their first game this season while Kings XI Punjab lost for the first time.