Mumbai live to fight another day
Indore: Rohit Sharma and Krunal Pandya delivered in desperate times as Mumbai Indians stayed alive in the IPL with a tense six-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here on Friday. Captain Sharma (24* off 15) and Pandya (31* off 12) shared a match-winning 56-run stand off just 21 balls as Mumbai Indians reached the 175-run target in 19 overs. The three-time champions needed 75 runs off the last seven overs, which they got rather comfortably, thanks to the Sharma-Pandya stand.
Mumbai’s thrilling chase came after the heroics of Chris Gayle, who continued his explosive run in the IPL with a 50 off 40 balls to propel Kings XI Punjab to 174/6.
The much-needed victory pushed Mumbai up to fifth from the bottom position in the points table, while KXIP remained in fourth spot with five wins from eight games.
Mumbai, who have now won three out of their nine games, are tied on six points with RCB, Delhi Daredevils and Rajasthan Royals.
Suryakumar Yadav (57 off 52) too made a significant contribution in the successful chase while Hardik Pandya (23 off 13) came up with a timely cameo before Rohit and Krunal got the job done.
Earlier, Gayle collected just one run off the first eight balls he faced before racing to his half-century, his fourth fifty-plus score in five innings of the IPL so far.