Despite Shaun Marsh’s 45 and Glenn Maxwell’s 56, KXIP failed to reach MI’s target of 190 runs. The target could have been lesser had it been for better bowling and fielding by the struggling KXIP who handed multiple chances to Parthiv Patel who made the most of it in his 81-run knock. In the end, KXIP continued to their third loss in a row.
AS IT HAPPENED:
2332 hrs IST: A single to end things. MI win by 25 runs.
2332 hrs IST: Double off the second last ball.
2331 hrs IST: SIX! Miller swings, connects and it goes into the crowd. Consolation six for Miller and KXIP.
2331 hrs IST: Swing and a miss on the third.
2330 hrs IST: Double off the first delivery of the final over. Another double but that’s leg byes.
2327 hrs IST: Final ball off McClenaghan’s spell and he finishes with a wicket. Yet another yorker, yet another wicket! Mitchell Johnson the victim this time.
2325 hrs IST: Lovely bowling by McClenaghan! Perfect yorker right in the block hole and Axar Patel exits without troubling the scorers. KXIP are 149/6
2322 hrs IST: Two overs remaining and KXIP need 49 runs.
2320 hrs IST: BOWLED! Nikhil Naik departs after one run to the cause. Jasprit Bumrah into the block goal and no room for Naik to play it.
2316 hrs IST: Maxwell goes for a big shot but drags it on. Massive inside edge to topple the stumps. Departs for 56. KXIP are 139/4
2316 hrs IST: Uphill task for KXIP. 51 needed from 18 balls.
2309 hrs IST: SIX! David Miller hits it straight at Krunal Pandya but he tries to push it on to the field than take the catch. In the end, he can only push it behind for a six! Bowler Kieron Pollard doesn’t look pleased.
2307 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR MAXWELL! His first fifty this IPL. 50 from 33 balls
2303 hrs IST: Last ball of Southee’s spell and he has Shaun Marsh reeled in! Goes for a six but hits it straight to Rayudu at deep square leg.
2300 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell joins in the show! It has travelled a 100 metres and into the crowd! Very baseball-esque hit and release. Swings powerfully and lets bat rebound!
2257 hrs IST: SIX!! Shaun Marsha goes on the front foot and clears the ropes with so much ease. That is lovely timing. KXIP are 112/2; need 78 from 36 balls.
2249 hrs IST: Maxwell with a glorious drive in the cover area and it cruises to the boundary.
2245 hrs IST: No luck this one – Maxwell slashes it a little fine this time and it beats the fielder to the ropes.
2244 hrs IST: Glenn Maxwell plays Kieron Pollard gets a lucky edge and it races to the boundary.
2234 hrs IST: Slightly wide by Harbhajan Singh and Shaun Marsh makes the most of it to cut it for a four.
2229 hrs IST: At the end of the Powerplay, KXIP are 40/2
2219 hrs IST: SOFT DISMISSAL! Slightest of width for Manan Vohra and he slashes it to Jos Buttler who has the easy job. KXIP are 32/2
2210 hrs IST: Murali Vijay comes down the track trying to replicate the six but top edges it and Jos Buttler is safe pair of hands. KXIP are 20/1
2209 hrs IST: Beautifully timed by Murali Vijay and he uses his wrists to send it sailing into the stands. SIX!
2205 hrs IST: KXIP are 10/0 after two overs.
2141 hrs IST: Pollard departs on the second last delivery. Hardik Pandya on the last. Kings XI Punjab to chase 190 runs.
2140 hrs IST: Last over of the innings to be bowled by Mohit Sharma. Two runs each from the first two balls. Dots on the next two.
2136 hrs IST: Mitchell Johnson comes round the wicket to Hardik Pandya and he smacks it into the extra cover region for a four!
2135 hrs IST: TAKEN! Trying to play a short ball behind Parthiv doesn’t quite middle it, taken by Marsh. Parthiv departs for 81 from 58 balls with ten fours and two sixes.
2133 hrs IST: Short ball by Mitchell Johnson climbs on to Pollard who hooks it but doesn’t get the distance. It does land safely for a double.
2131 hrs IST: 11 runs from the over plus a wicket. Kieron Pollard in the middle now.
2129 hrs IST: BOWLED! Slower ball by Mohit Sharma deceives Jos Buttler and it hits the middle stump. Buttler with the job done though – 24 from 13.
2126 hrs IST: Jos Buttler shuffles and moves outside the off stump to scoop down the leg side for a boundary. And does so once again, a bit straighter but same result.
2124 hrs IST: Seven sixes tonight
— Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 25, 2016
2120 hrs IST: Jos Buttler considered playing a scoop but changed at the last second to flick it over the keeper for a four. Nice bit of improvisation!
2118 hrs IST: Good over for MI – 16 runs from it. MI are 156/2 after 16 overs.
2116 hrs IST: SIX! A very poor delivery by Sahu. Loopy and Parthiv capitalises on it with so much ease
2112 hrs IST: GONE! After two straight sixes, Rayudu doesn’t connect properly to hit it straight to Vohra. 137/2
2111 hrs IST: Next ball, same result, a little squarer but its gone for yet another six!
2110 hrs IST: SIX!! Rayudu goes on one leg and hits it straight for a six!
2109 hrs IST: DROP! Mohit Sharma goes back slowly and gingerly to get just one hand on the ball and it fails to get stuck in. Another life for Parthiv!
2108 hrs IST: Slower one by Mitchell Johnson but same result. Played towards the on side region now.
2106 hrs IST: Lovely timing once again by Parthiv Patel. Driven sweetly into the covers region for a boundary.
2100 hrs IST: Parthiv ends the 13th over with two boundaries. MI are 114/1.
2057 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR PARTHIV! 50 runs from 41 balls with six fours and one six
2055 hrs IST: FIFTY FOR RAYUDU! 50 from 31 balls with four fours and two sixes
2052 hrs IST: SIX! Parthiv stays in his crease and plays a lavish stroke to clear the boundary for a big one!
2048 hrs IST: And he’s made the most of that but with luck on his side. Tries to play it strongly but can only get a bottom edge and it goes for a four.
2047 hrs IST: NOT OUT! Touch-and-go call on Parthiv Patel. His foot is marginally inside the crease even as he walked off.
2043 hrs IST: DROP! Rayudu skies it and Axar Patel is underneath it. But lets it slip off his hands!
2042 hrs IST: Pardeep Sahu comes into the attack. Third ball is outside off and enough room for Rayudu to relax his arms to slash it for a four!
2036 hrs IST: SIX! Rayudu comes down the track to Maxwell and clears the long on boundary
2030 hrs IST: Outside off by Mohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel steers it nicely behind for a four.
2029 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians are 39/1 after six overs.
2028 hrs IST: Eventful over by Johnson. Three fours, wicket from a no-ball and then the free hit. 14 runs from it
2024 hrs IST: NO BALL! Parthiv hits it straight to Patel on the boundary and is taken. Umpires check and no ball!
2021 hrs IST: This time Rayudu goes after Mitchell Johnson. On the front foot, he goes over the in field to find the ropes.
2019 hrs IST: Ambati Rayudu clears the in-field to find a boundary off a short ball. Nicely controlled shot.
2017 hrs IST: Parthiv Patel pulls into short midwicket region where Vijay is stationed. Bounces just in front of him. KXIP almost got another one!
2005 hrs IST: Next ball, same result but played behind this time around off the pads. Nice usage of the wrists by Parthiv.
2005 hrs IST: Nicely punched through the covers by Parthiv Patel for first four of the match to Mitchell Johnson
2000 hrs IST: GONE! Second ball of the innings and Rohit Sharma tries to slash it but his bat comes down late. Edges it behind to Naik. Mumbai Indians are 0/1
2000 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel to open the innings once again. Sandeep Sharma has the ball.
1935 hrs IST: Teams:
MI XI: RG Sharma, P Patel, A Rayudu, K Pandya, J Buttler, K Pollard, H Pandya, H Singh, T Southee, M McClenaghan, J Bumrah
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2016
KXIP XI: M Vijay, M Vohra, S Marsh, D Miller, G Maxwell, N Naik, A Patel, M Johnson, M Sharma, P Sahu, Sandeep Sharma
— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 25, 2016
1930 hrs IST: No changes for Mumbai Indians.
Two changes for KXIP: Mitchell Johnson and Pardeep Sahu come in.
1930 hrs IST: TOSS: Kings XI Punjab have won the toss and they’re bowling first.
1915 hrs IST: We’re 15 minutes away from the toss
— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 25, 2016
The points table explains the context of this match-two struggling team in search of gathering some momentum. Kings XI Punjab are bottom dwellers, with just a win from five matches. Mumbai India’s plight is only marginally better-four points from six games. Whoever wins the match may not gather a vicious tempo, but whoever loses will most likely go down the drain. On paper, Mumbai are the perceptible favourites-but this is rather a reflection of how poorly Punjab have played this term.
“…we have got another nine games. In this tournament, even if you are down and out, you stay for the whole tournament. But, I believe that we are a great squad, a great mix of players. We are definitely in the hunt. I believe 100 per cent,” David Miller said in the post-match press conference after KXIP lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad by five wickets on Saturday night.