13 May, 2017
Stung by two wickets in quick succession, the visitors, who were 61/1 at the end of the first six overs, could not get going in the next four managing just 18 with Manish Pandey joining Lynn at the crease. Kings XI Punjab need to win their remaining two matches to advance into the next round, and on Thursday night, they gave themselves the best shot of winning the contest against Mumbai Indians. "At the moment, I see Mumbai Indians as the clear favourites", Bangar told India Today. Most of the police officials are from outside Mohali and even they do not know the way to different gates in the stadium.
One of the stars of that game, Mohit Sharma, insisted that pressure could get the best out of them and the reputation and form of their opponents was not a factor they want to dwell on.
Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bat on a pitch (Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium) they would normally like to chase. It was an experiment to check the bench strength before the top 4 teams begin to fight for the coveted IPL 2017 trophy.
In the match against Kolkata Knight Riders, he scored 44 from just 25 balls - a knock that proved to be very crucial in the end.
Coach Mahela Jayawardene will be particularly pleased with the way MIs middle order has performed so far in the series.
The home team batsmen have been more effective, with Nitish Rana, Parthiv Patel and Kieron Pollard scoring more than the rival captain.
As Guptill was looking in ominous touch, Hardik took a splendid running catch at long on, to send him back to the pavilion, giving Karn Sharma the first wicket. They did perform well in their last match where they bowled brilliantly.
The bowling department, which includes the likes of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Mcclenaghan, Lasith Malinga and Jasprit Bumrah are also in prime form.
Unlike some of the other sides in this IPL, Mumbai do not have any issues with their combination, having like-for-like replacements in all departments.
This means that KIngas XI Punjab will have to heavily rely on the services of their worldwide recruits Martin Guptill, Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. With six wins from 12 games, the Glenn Maxwell led side is placed on fifth on the table. Saha danced down to hit a six and take Kings XI Punjab past 150, and Marsh joined in too by hitting the ball over deep midwicket.
In the backend of the run-chase, with the required run rate climbing rapidly and the batsmen desperate to find boundaries, Mohit Sharma and Sandeep Sharma came together, bowled smartly and denied the batsmen any pace. Apart from the three bumps in their road, nothing has actually brought a frown on Rohit Sharma and his men in blues. Put into bat, Kings XI Punjab piled up a mammoth 230 for 3 in 20 overs riding on Wriddhiman Saha's belligerent unbeaten 93 off 55 balls.