Kings XI Thrash Mumbai To Keep Hopes Alive
Kings XI Punjab 163-8 (Patel 5-21) beat
Mumbai Indians 87 (Bhatt 4-22) by 76 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Mohali
The Kings XI Punjab turned the IPL form book on its head with a crushing 76-run victory over pace-setters the Mumbai Indians in Mohali.
After the Kings XI batted competently to make 163 for eight, they dismissed a shellshocked Mumbai side for just 87 - their lowest score of the touranment to date - in a mere 12.5 overs.
Let-arm spinner Bhargav Bhatt finished the match off by taking figures of four for 22, spinning out Kieron Pollard (17), Harbhajan Singh (12), who ended up in a heap trying to repeat a six he hit from the previous delivery, Dhawal Kulkarni (2) and Munaf Patel (0).
Early damage was done by Praveen Kumar who had Aiden Blizzard caught by Adam Gilchrist for 15 and Sachin Tendulkar taken by Shaun Marsh for six.
Rohit Sharma then overbalanced to be stumped by Gilchrist off the bowling of Bipul Sharma for five and a mix-up between Ambati Rayudu (13) and Andrew Symonds (8) saw the latter run out by almost the length of the pitch.
Rayudu failed to atone for his error when he hoiked Shalabh Srivastava straight up in the air to be caught by Sharma and so poor were the Mumbai side with the bat that the Kings XI were still able to dismiss them well inside 20 overs despite missing chances in the field.
Earlier, they had themselves collapsed having been in the excellent position of 128 for two but it didn't cost them in the end.
Paul Valthaty (14) fell to Munaf Patel early but 28 in as many balls from Gilchrist, 43 in 34 balls from the ever-impressive Marsh and 31 in 24 deliveries from Dinesh Karthik set them on their way.
No other batsman could reach double figures thereafter as Patel produced an outstanding spell to return five for while the tournament's leading wicket-taker Lasith Malinga took two for 24.
The Kings XI Punjab needed to win to remain in with a chance of reaching the play-offs and they still remain in contention with a game in hand over most of their opponents.
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