The Mumbai Indians returned to the summit of the IPL with a hard-fought 23-run win over the Kings XI Punjab at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.
Shaun Marsh’s brave effort of 61 was not enough for the Kings XI as they were resitricted to 136 for eight in pursuit of the Mumbai’s total of 159 for five after the home team had been made to bat first.
Half-centuries from Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu provided the platform for Mumbai as the pair shared a 95-run stand for the second wicket. Both players were dismissed for 51, with Tendulkar reclaiming the orange cap in the process as he went passed Virat Kohli’s mark as the tournament’s leading run-scorer.
A quickfire 20, including two sixes, from Kieron Pollard and 18 from Rohit Sharma closed out the innings with Ryan Harris and Piyush Chawla both picking up two wickets for the visitors, though both proved expensive.
In response Paul Valthaty lost opening partner Adam Gilchrist for a duck, but continued a patient knock on his way to 33 from 38 balls before caught off Andrew Symonds bowling.
Australian Marsh meanwhile was more fluent, the left-hander being the only major contributor for the visitors as he racked up a half-century, his 61 runs coming off 47 balls. A lack of support however – Abhishek Nayar (14) and Piyush Chawla (10) were the only other batsmen to make it into double figures – meant that Punjab were playing catch-up in their run-chase and with wickets falling regularly they could only manage 136 for eight.
Harbhajan Singh, Munaf Patel and Lastih Malinga all produced with the ball for Mumbai, each taking two wickets with the Sri Lankan accounting for the dangerous Marsh. Cricket365