Published: Mon, May 15, 2017
Sports | By Nelson Rowe

KXIP beat KKR by 14 runs on back of clinical bowling show

KXIP beat KKR by 14 runs on back of clinical bowling show

Placed fifth, Punjab need to win all their remaining matches in order to keep their hopes of play-offs alive. While Pandey holed out to Axar Patel at deep midwicket, Lynn was run out.

Kings XI Punjab, even without Hashim Amla, packs enough surprises to pull the carpet from under any side, including Mumbai Indians, in IPL-2017.

Seamers Mohit Sharma (2-24) and Sandeep Sharma then bowled steadily in the last five overs.

Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha (38) put on 71 runs for the fourth wicket stand off 42 balls, but just when Kings XI looked to accelerate they lost both set batsmen in successive overs. Powered by Sunil Narine's half-century - the joint-fastest half-century in the IPL - and his rollicking partnership with Chris Lynn, KKR chased down the target of 159 quite comfortably in 15.

Lynn kept finding the boundary but did not find adequate support to take the team home and he fell run out.

Lynn played a lone hand for KKR and none of his team-mates contributed substantially. Captain Gautam Gambhir scored just 8 runs. Adding on to their concern, Mumbai snatched a stunning eight-wicket victory, comfortably easing past Punjab's 198, when the two last faced each other in Indore. No one can say with cent percent surety about who will win the match today.

They made a wobbly start but made a late recovery to put up a respectable total on a pitch that showed signs of slowing down as the slower balls started grip ping the surface as the match wore on. When 09 May 2017, 2000 Hrs IST Where IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali The Protagonists This is a huge game for KXIP, and they need the big players - Martin Guptill, Glenn Maxwell and David Miller (who will possibly fill in for Hashim Amla) - to give a good account of themselves. Mumbai Indians have already qualified with 18 points and have a game left against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, Mohit hit back strongly after being hit for two boundaries as the medium pacer got rid off Narine for 18. Apart from fetching you points for his economy rate, he also has a knack of picking up important wickets.

The home side were 42 for 2 after the powerplay overs and they were further in trouble as Shaun Marsh (11) departed after a promising start.

Maxwell came out and he did not do much initially, scoring ones and two from his first nine balls he faced before taking his chances. Besides, they have won five out of six games played at the Wankhede this season. Trying to clear the fence again, the big-hitting Australian forced Woakes to run across from long-off and complete a superb catch.

Simmons, who scored his half-century off only 27 balls, hit five boundaries and four sixes, before a brilliant effort at the long-on boundary from Martin Guptill saw the Caribbean global head back to the dug-out.

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