Win keeps finals hopes alive for Kings XI

In response, Mumbai made their highest-ever total as West Indian batsman Lendl Simmons hit 59 from 32 balls and fellow countryman Kieron Pollard finished unbeaten on 50 from 24 balls, but still came up just short. The next delivery was pulled over square leg for a six. But in his last five innings, teams have bowled just three short balls to him.

Supergiant are now on 16 points from 13 games with a net run-rate -0.083 while Kings XI Punjab are on 14 points from equal number of matches but have a comparatively better run-rate of +0.296.

KXIP, who were struggling until a week back, brought their campaign back on track with their back-to-back wins against two top teams - Mumbai Indians (MI) and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). We call it (Wankhede track) a bowlers' graveyard. With Rahul Tewatia turning out to be a good leg-spin option and the reliable Axar doing a good job at his end, KXIP have a lot of positives to look at when it comes to their bowling.


"(Before) the last over I did not come to the bowler (Mohit), they (Mohit, Glenn Maxwell) were discussing that (Kieron) Pollard was hitting well, but he was exhausted, so if he was bowled a yorker, it would be tough for him", Saha said.

Guptill scored 36 runs for Punjab off 18 balls before he was dismissed by Karan Sharma. As Simmons tried to smash the ball over the long on to collect a six, Guptill probably took the catch of the tournament. Skipper Rohit Sharma kept defensive field for his main bowlers to claw his way back in the game.

Nitish Rana's form has gradually dipped as the season has progressed.


KXIP, who have won four of their last five games, need to beat PRS at home for the last available playoffs berth.

Kings XI needed to win at the iconic venue to stay in the play-off hunt and Wriddhiman Saha's magnificent 93 not out, after being promoted to opener, set the tone.

Saha, who also has a century in the 2014 IPL final, struck 11 boundaries and three sixes to anchor the innings.


A quickfire 47 off 21 balls would usually be enough for Australia's Glenn Maxwell to get more than a mention on an Indian Premier League highlights reel. Pollard had raced to 37 from 15 balls (aided with one boundary and four sixes) at the end of the eighteenth over. Ben Stokes proved full valuable for the price he was got in auction and has picked 12 wickets while scoring 306 runs as well. Shaun Marsh and Maxwell with all their T20 experience and the gutsy Wriddhiman Saha make for a potent line-up. Overall, he is the 10th player to do the double in the league phase of an IPL season. Others also contributed as Punjab put on a massive total of 230.


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