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No need for Mumbai Indians to go into panic mode: Kieron Pollard

13 May 2017

Mohit Sharma bowled three awful overs and four brilliant balls at the death as Kings XI Punjab kept its hopes alive of reaching the Indian Premier League playoffs with a seven-run victory over Mumbai Indians on Thursday. He would hit two fours and five sixes in his 21-ball 47.

Maxwell (1-8) applied further pressure on Mumbai as he conceded just eight runs in the two overs and also had Simmons caught splendidly by Guptill at long on.

The match was a must-win game for Kings XI Punjab and with the help of Wriddhiman Saha's unbeaten 55-ball 93 and Maxwell's destructive innings of 47 runs, KXIP managed to go over 200 and set 231 as the target for the hosts.

Earlier, Test specialist Wriddhiman Saha showed his explosive side, hammering an unbeaten 55-ball 93 against Mumbai.

The 453 runs scored in the match was the second-highest aggregate in IPL history.

The Kings XI Punjab wicketkeeper played a smart innings at the top of the order to lay the foundation for his team's seven-run victory. With everything to play for, Kings XI Punjab defeated the likes of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) in their last two games and are on the brink of a playoff berth.

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Jasprit Bumrah (1-24), who was easily the best bowler on display on Thursday provided some respite for Mumbai when he castled Maxwell in the 11th over but Saha completed a well compiled fifty with a six in the next over. Before this, Gujarat Lions had posted 214/3 against Delhi Daredevils in this edition.

Both the speedsters bowled excellently in the death and Mohit defended 16 runs in the final over while Pollard was on strike.

Batting first, Martin Guptill and WriddhimanSahahelped KXIP to their season-best powerplay score; the opening pair added 71 runs in the first six overs with both batsmen contributing in nearly equal proportions.

Put in to bat, Kings XI were off to a flying start with the new opening duo of Martin Guptill (36 from 18 balls) and Saha putting on 68 runs before being separated by leg-spinner Karn Sharma.

Simmons (59) might have thought he had hit Maxwell for six just a few balls later but Guptill leapt into the air to claim a spectacular grab.

Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Pathel came out with great intent putting on 99 for the opening wicket before the latter holed out to Mohit Sharma for 38. "But after being hit for a six he followed the team plan and executed it well", explained Saha of what transpired in the final moments of the match. Pandya made 30 from 13 balls (4 sixes), while Pollard contributed 23 runs to the partnership.