Mumbai Return To Summit By Beating Kings XI
Mumbai Indians 159-5 (Tendulkar, Rayudu 51) beat
Kings XI Punjab 136-8 (Marsh 61) by 23 runs
Indian Premier League 2011, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians maintained their impressive home record in the IPL 2011 with a 23-run over the Kings XI Punjab that severely dents the Mohali-based side's chances of reaching the play-offs.
Both Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu made 51 as the Indians, who had lost the toss and been invited to bat by the Kings XI, made 159 for five.
Shaun Marsh (61) and Paul Valthaty (33) were then the only batsmen to fire for Punjab, who were then restricted to 136 for eight having failed to chase as well as captain Adam Gilchrist would have expected them to do having chosen to bowl first.
Tendulkar and Rayudu came together when Davey Jacobs was bowled by left-arm spinner Bipul Sharma and they put on 95 for the second wicket, Tendulkar hitting three fours and a six in 45 balls and Rayudu the more aggressive in carving eight fours and one six in 37 deliveries.
Kieron Pollard (20 in 11 balls) and Rohit Sharma (18 in 11) added useful late runs to push Mumbai up to a winning score despite the excellent Ryan Harris and Piyush Chawla taking two wickets apiece.
Kings XI then made a poor start in reply as they lost Gilchrist for a second-ball duck when he was trapped in front by Harbhajan Singh.
Valthaty, whose 38-ball stay included two sixes and Marsh, who hit eight of the 47 balls he faced for four, then put on 72 for the second wicket but once Mumbai had broken their partnerships, they quickly bowled themselves into a strong position.
A brace of wickets from Lasith Malinga and Munaf Patel, as well as one more from Harbhajan, finished off the middle order and Marsh's dismissal with seven balls of the innings remaining effectively sealed their fate.
This win put the Mumbai Indians back on top of the table while it left the Kings XI Punjab in eighth place, albeit with a game in hand over their rivals, four points behind the team in fourth place.
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