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IPL 9: Parthiv Patel and pacers help Mumbai punch out Punjab

Mumbai Indians’ opener slams 58-ball 81 and pacers claim seven wickets as King XI lose by 25 runs at home to suffer their fifth defeat in six matches and remain at the bottom of IPL-9 points table

MOHALI: Parthiv Patel top-scored with an enterprising 58-ball 81 to power Mumbai Indians to a competitive 189 for six and the pacers then claimed seven wickets between themselves to defeat Kings XI Punjab in an Indian Premier League-9 match at the PCA Stadium on Monday night.

The hosts ended up losing the encounter by 25 runs, finishing on 164/7 off their 20 overs.

Only Glenn Maxwell (39-ball 56) and Shaun Marsh 34-ball 45) made decent contributions for Kings XI Punjab, while Jasprit Bumrah (3-26) was the pick of the Mumbai Indians bowlers.

Parthiv Patel and Ambati RayuduMumbai Indians batsman Ambati Rayudu (L) congratulates his teammate Parthiv Patel(R)as he celebrates after scoring a half-century during their IPL 2016 encounter vs Kings XI Punjab at The Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali on Monday. Pic/AFP 

Invited to bat, Mumbai Indians rode on Patel’s knock, his best in IPL, and Ambati Rayudu’s 65 off 37 balls to record their highest score against Kings XI Punjab in the cash-rich league.

Jos Buttler blazed his way to 23 off 13 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Patel smashed 10 fours and two sixes, while Rayudu hit four boundaries and as many maximums.

The total could have been more had it not been for Mohit Sharma’s brilliant last over in which he conceded just four runs. Mohit was the most successful bowler for KXIP with figures of 3-38, two of them coming in that final over.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians were dealt a body blow in the first over itself with nothing on the board, when medium pacer Sandeep Sharma had skipper Rohit Sharma caught behind by Nikhil Naik with his second delivery. Patel and Rayudu ensured there was no further setback for the next 15 overs, as they put on 137 runs runs for the second wicket till Rayudu was dismissed by Axar Patel.

Rayudu was lucky to get a life when Axar dropped an absolute sitter at deep midwicket off the bowing of Pardeep Sahu. Rayudu was batting on 33 then. During the rebuilding phase, the two batsmen mixed caution with aggression and helped their team to safety before opening up to play freely.

Even as Rayudu smashed Glenn Maxwell over long-on for a maximum to up the ante, Patel followed suit and flicked Sahu over long-on for a six in the 11th over. Rayudu then hit Axar for a straight six and a four. Rayudu got to 50 off 31 balls, while Patel reached the landmark off 41 balls.

Brief Scores:

Mumbai Indians 189-6 in 20 overs (P Patel 81, A Rayudu 65; M Sharma 3-38) beat Kings XI Punjab 164-7 in 20 overs (S Marsh 45, G Maxwell 56; J Bumrah 3-26) by 25 runs

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