A look at the key passages of play from Match 43 of the Indian Premier League season nine, in which Kings XI Punjab beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets at the ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday. After their fourth win in 11 games, Punjab moved to seventh spot in the standings, while Mumbai remain at five after their fifth defeat in 12 games.
After a surprise call to bat first, Mumbai Indians endured the worst possible start. Mohit Sharma gave Punjab an early breakthrough when he dismissed Unmukt Chand , playing his first game of the season, for naught in the second over. Sandeep Sharma then clean bowled Ambati Rayudu for a duck in the next to reduce Mumbai to 8/2 in 2.5 overs. Rohit Sharma and Nitish Rana maintained caution in the next three overs to take Mumbai to 21/2 in six overs – the lowest powerplay score of the season.
Krunal Pandya joined Kieron Pollard after the fall of Jos Buttler and with Mumbai reeling at 61/5 in 13.3 overs. Pollard, who was batting on 4 off 12 balls till then, smacked two big sixes off KC Cariappa to score 17 runs in the 15th over. In the next over, bowled by Axar Patel, Pollard and Krunal hit a six each for another 17-run over. Krunal then hit a four off Marcus Stoinis in the 17th to take Mumbai past the 100-run mark, before the Australian pacer got rid of the duo. Krunal scored 19 off 12 balls, with the help of a six and a four, and Pollard smashed three sixes for his 20-ball 27 as they added 42 for the sixth wicket in just 3.1 overs.
Punjab pacers had a field day against Mumbai, taking eight wickets for 52 runs in their 12 overs. When Pollard-Krunal partnership looked ominous, Stoinis came back and dismissed them in successive balls in the 17th over. He finished with impressive figures of four for 15 in four overs and was well supported by Sandeep Sharma (2/11) and Mohit Sharma (2/26). The trio helped Punjab restrict Mumbai to 124/9.
Chasing a modest target, Punjab lost Hashim Amla in the first over to Tim Southee. But skipper Murali Vijay made sure that there were no more wobbles in their chase as he stitched a match-winning 116-run stand for the second wicket with Wriddhiman Saha. The duo set a perfect base for Punjab to chase the target comfortably with seven wickets in hands and 18 balls to spare. Vijay led from the front with an unbeaten 54 off 52 balls, which included a six and five fours, while Saha contributed 56 off 40 balls with the help of a six and six fours.
Mitchell McClenaghan returned in the 16th over to break the Vijay-Saha hundred-run stand. Two balls later, McClenaghan sent back Glenn Maxwell to the dugout for naught, but it was too little too late for Mumbai as, by then, Punjab needed just six more in the final four overs. McClenaghan finished with figures of 2/24 in three overs as Punjab comfortably registered their fourth win of the season.