MOHALI: After two consecutive defeats, Mumbai Indians got their IPL campaign back on track with a thrilling four-wicket win over Kings-XI Punjab at the Punjab Cricket Association (PCA) Stadium here today.
Heroics from Ambati Rayudu, who struck a 17-ball 34, helped Mumbai Indians chase down the target of 169 losing six wickets and with a ball to spare for their first ever win in Mohali in five seasons. With the win, Mumbai Indians moved to the sixth spot with eight points from seven matches while Kings-XI remained eighth with six points from eight matches.
Opting to bat first, Kings-XI got a challenging total of 168-3 after stand-in skipper David Hussey struck an unbeaten 68 while David Miller remained not out on 34. While chasing, Mumbai Indians got off to a good start with James Franklin (22) and Sachin Tendulkar (34) adding 52 runs.
Rohit Sharma came with a 50 off 30 balls striking three fours and three sixes. Rohit and Harbhajan Singh were dismissed by pacer Parvinder Awana (3-39) in the 18th over which left Mumbai needing to score 32 runs off the last two overs.
Piyuh Chawla was clobbered for four sixes in his last over by Robin Pietersen (16 not out) and Rayudu, both hitting two each, as 27 runs came off the 19th and took Mumbai to the threshold of a win.