MUMBAI: Kings-XI got their IPL campaign back on track as Shaun Marsh struck an unbeaten 68 to guide them to a convincing six-wicket win over Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium today.
For Mumbai Indians, the return of Sachin Tendulkar, who missed four matches since the inaugural game against Chennai Super Kings, didn’t bring much luck as they suffered their second consecutive loss and are now sixth with six points from as many matches.
The much-needed win for Kings-XI came after they suffered two consecutive losses and are are now seventh with six points from seven.
Opting to bat first, Mumbai Indians, thanks to New Zealand all-rounder James Franklin’s 51-ball 79, scored a par 163-6 in 20 overs. In reply, the Kings-XI, sans skipper Adam Gilchrist, top order fired together and Marsh remained unbeaten on 68 to take them home with three balls to spare.
Marsh and his Australian teammate David Hussey (21) took the team to the threshold of a win with their 58-run stand. Marsh struck five fours and three sixes in his matured knock. For Mumbai, West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard and Pragyan Ojha took two wickets each.
Earlier, Tendulkar and James Franklin (79) gave the Champions League winners a stable start with their 51-run stand. But Tendulkar was run out in the ninth over. Franklin hit six fours and four sixes in his knock.