Mumbai Indians take on the Kings XI Punjab in a contest where KXIP on top of the points table play against MI who are at the bottom of the points table with no wins. Punjab has had a dream journey till now in IPL 7 with a convincing win in every game while the exact opposite has happened with the defending champions, Mumbai Indians who got close to a win in their last game but lost their 5th match in a row and are yet to win a game in the tournament.
Rohit Sharma and co. have their work cut out for them as the tournament goes past the one-third stage and they really must win more games if not all from this point in the tournament to make it to the next level.
Kings XI Punjab need to keep doing what they have been doing and they’ll have a smooth journey to the knockout stage of IPL 2014 with ease. Glenn Maxwell and David Miller haven’t really contributed much in the last 2 games but they have a chance in the game against Mumbai Indians especially with the likes of Kieron Pollard as the opposition to smash some dents in the big hitters ego.
The defending champions have become the biggest underdogs which no one expected and playing at their homeground, Mumbai will get the advantage of the undying support from the Mumbai fans while they try to piece together a victory to reignite the flair that they showed in last year’s matches.
Mumbai Indians win by 5 wickets and defeat Kings XI Punjab to register their first victory in IPL 2014
OVER 20: Mumbai 170/5
Mumbai Indians need 5 runs to win from the last over with Kieron Pollard on strike. Kieron Pollard finishes the match with a 6 and brings the first victory ofr Mumbai Indians and a the first defeat for the Kings XI Punjab.
OVER 10: Mumbai 70/3
Rishi Dhawan comes back into the attack. Mumbai Indians need 100 runs to win from 64 balls at this stage. Rishi Dhawan gets the reward for his accurate bowling onto the stumps to take out CM Gautam who was dropped on 0 runs by Akshar Patel. Corey Anderson comes out to bat and replace CM Gautam who departs after being LBW by Rishi Dhawan.
OVER 1: Mumbai 6/1
Ben Dunk and CM Gautam start the batting attack for the Mumbai Indians while Sandeep Sharma opens the bowling attack for Kings XI Punjab. Sandeep Sharma strikes with Ben Dunk’s wicket caught behind.
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Kings XI Punjab set a target of 169 runs for Mumbai Indians to make and register their first win
OVER 20: Punjab 168/5
Harbhajan Singh comes n=into the attack.
OVER 10: Punjab 70/2
Zaheer Khan comes into the attack. Maxwell and Saha have the reigns of the batting innings in their hands now.
OVER 1: Punjab 5/0
Zaheer Khan starts the bowling attack for the Mumbai Indians. Cheteshwar Pujara and Virender Sehwag come out to bat for Kings XI Punjab.
Kings XI Punjab win the toss and elect to bat first. Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians will take the field and chase the total set by KXIP.
George Bailey and Rohit Sharma come out to the middle for the toss with Ravi Shastri