Mumbai Indians (MI) furthers Kings XI Punjab’s agony by handing them 23-run defeat – their seventh defeat of the season in nine matches – in the Indian Premier League. The Punjab outfit now has no chance of progressing to the playoffs. Mumbai Indians meanwhile has consolidated their position in the league table. With four wins from the last five matches, they have caught up with the other playoffs chasers. All they have to do is to maintain the momentum.

Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to bat first. Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons gave them the best start of the season. Patel was in silken touch, effortlessly hitting sixes and boundaries. The opening stand produced 111 runs in just over 12 overs. Patel then got out trying to increase the run rate after scoring 59 off 36 balls.

Simmons continued the consolidation with Rohit Sharma. But strangely, both the players lost their timing. The ball was stopping after pitching. Simmons managed 71 from 56 balls. But Mumbai could not post the unassailable score they were hoping for after the brilliant start. They finished with 172 for 3 in 20 overs. The last 46 balls after Patel’s dismissal produced just 61 runs.

KXP’s chase did not get going. They kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Murali Vijay and David Miller appeared well set to ace the chase. But both of them got out when they tried to up the ante. The Punjab side too found it hard to time the ball well after the 12th over. They managed just 149 runs in their 20 overs.

Lendl Simmons is the man of the match.

Coverage on Pakistan Times: IPL T20IPL Schedule | IPL Points Table