Mumbai snatch 4-wkt win from Punjab
Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by four wickets when Ambati Rayudu smashed a boundary off penultimate ball from Azhar Mahmood in the fifth edition of the Indian Premier League here at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium on Wednesday.
Chasing a modest target of 169, Mumbai Indians completed the stunning victory in 19.5 overs with an unbeaten 14-ball 36-run seventh wicket stand between Rayudu and Robin Pietersen.
Rayudu remained not out on 34,hitting two sixes and as many fours in 17 balls while South Africa’s Pietersen scored an unbeaten 16 off seven balls with two fours and a six.
However, Mumbai’s top scorer was Rohit Sharma who blasted a fifty in 30 balls with three sixes and three fours whereas star batsman Sachin Tendulkar contributed 34.
For Punjab, Parvinder Awana took three and Pakistan’s Azhar Mahmood claimed two wickets.
Earlier, Kings XI Punjab made 168 for three in the allotted 20 overs after their captain David Hussey decided to bat first.
He was also the top scorer, hitting 68 from 40 balls with four sixes and as many fours. He was supported by South Africa’s David Miller who made an unbeaten 34 off 17 balls with a four and three sixes.
Both added 89 runs in just 7.1 overs for an unbeaten fourth wicket partnership.
Geo Super showed this interesting match live from Mohali, Chandigarh.