Kings XI vs Mumbai
Mumbai Indians Win By Seven Wickets
The Mumbai franchise are slowly but surely turning their 2014 IPL campaign around - and remain in the hunt for a berth in the play-offs. They've undone the table-topping Kings XI Punjab with an over to spare, with a fine century from Man of the Match Simmons.
Over 19 Mumbai Indians 159/3
CENTURY! Simmons welcomes the single that heralds the arrival of three figures. He has done it - and is understandably elated. It took him just 61 deliveries to get there, 14 fours and two sixes included. The last 20 runs were admittedly quite reserved, but the first 80 quickfire. Pollard, meanwhile, was just biding his time - and soon smashes the six that caps triumph. Shivam has conceded the 300th six of Pollard's Twenty20 career.
Over 18 Mumbai Indians 150/3
Here's Hendricks again, and his poor performance continues with a leg-side wide. That earlier warning for running on the pitch has really bothered him. WICKET! Here's some consolation, though, as Rohit spoons a catch to thirdman. He tried to elvate the bouncer over the fence - but did not have the carry. Simmons tries to make sure the batsmen cross while the ball is in the air - but is not quick enough. Fellow West Indian Pollard is the new man in, he gets off the strike quickly, much to the aspiring centurion's delight.
Over 17 Mumbai Indians 146/2
Play resumes. Shivam continues. Simmons still searching for the milestone. He will do it in singles if he has to, but doesn't want to perish in the 90s. 11 from 19 needed by Mumbai.
Over 16 Mumbai Indians 142/2
Dhawan delivers a leg-side wide - and is then swatted away for four by Sharma. Mumbai are doing this easily now - to keep their hopes of securing a play-offs berth alive. Mumbai need 15 more runs - Simmons wants six of 'em for a century. Strategic timeout time, meanwhile.
Over 15 Mumbai Indians 133/2
Simmons reaches the highest score of his Twenty20 career - 89 not out - by launching Sandeep down the ground for six more. He has broken his bat in the process - and quickly calls for a change in willow. Next stop - possibly the first century of the 2014 Indian Premier League. Or perhaps the nervous 90s will take their toll...
Over 14 Mumbai Indians 118/2
A couple of key, cheap over for the Kings XI Punjab here. Dhawan and Patel dragging the franchise back into the contest. Mumbai are still in the driving seat, but not as comfortable as they were 15 minutes ago. Something has to give - or take - soon.
Over 13 Mumbai Indians 114/2
Patel back into the attack now. Plenty of chipping, chopping and changing from captain Bailey. This ploy works, as four dot balls are followed by a single - and then nothing. Mumbai need 43 from 42.
Over 12 Mumbai Indians 112/2
Mumbai require 53 more runs from 54 more deliveries. Wicketkeeper Saha is standing up to the stumps to Dhawan, ensuring Rayudu and Simmons don't venture from the crease. The latter isn't fazed, operating from well behind the white paint to cut four. His 80 not out is now the highest score by a Mumbai Indian cricketer this year. WICKET! Rayudu, meanwhile, picks out Sehwag in the cover ring. He hit that hard, but the placement was lacking. So ends a fine partnership. Captain Rohit is the new man in.
Over 11 Mumbai Indians 104/1
Hendricks returns to the attack in an attempt at redemption after a very expensive earlier. Remember, he has already received an official warning for running onto the pitch. This is a tight, cheapish six deliveries, much better. But it's a wicket the Kings XI Punjab require, which the strike bowler can't deliver at the moment.
Over 10 Mumbai Indians 96/1
Too straight from Shivam, as Simmons goes high and hard down the ground for six. The bowler then changes his line, and offers less flight, to restrict the right-hander outside the off-stump.
Over 9 Mumbai Indians 85/1
Patel again, and soon fetching four back over his head, as Simmons sets himself on one knee to bang a straight four. Otherwise, a tight over for the Kings XI Punjab. The asking rate is now around seven runs per over. Doable for Mumbai, indeed.
Over 8 Mumbai Indians 76/1
Rayudu finds his feet and Simmons continues on his merry way through a solid over from Shivam. Mumbai don't want to lose momentum, despite the fall of Hussey.
Over 7 Mumbai Indians 68/1
Play resumes. Patel continues. Hussey falls. The left-hander is bowled by the slow bowler. He missed the line, the bowler enjoyed the right length. Hussey managed just six runs in a stand of 68. Rayudu is the new man in.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy and Australian trio David Warner, Moises Henriques and Aaron Finch experienced a minor earthquake in the Indian city of Ranchi on Wednesday. Steyn, Sammy, Warner, Finch and Henriques are playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, and are in the region ahead of Thursday's key fixture against the Chennai Super Kings.
Over 6 Mumbai Indians 62/0
Seamer Dhawan brought onto bowl - and cannot slow the run-rate either. Simmons is, essentially, swatting boundaries at will - and soon reaches a fine half-century. The milestone has been reached in just 27 deliveries - the fastest for the Mumbai franchise this year. Time for strategic timeout, meanwhile.
Over 5 Mumbai Indians 53/0
Left-arm spinner Patel is brought into the attack. Too short, much like Ojha earlier, he is quickly dispatched to the point and long-on fences for frequent fours by the blossoming Simmons.
Over 4 Mumbai Indians 43/0
Hendricks cops and official warning for running on the pitch. He'll have to change the nature of his followthrough if not to be removed from the attack. The umpire's remarks might've bothered his gameplan, as Simmons bangs four over the top of the off-side - and then watches as an ugly bouncer loops through to the wicketkeeper. So concludes a truly awful over for the South African. He will be taken out of the attack by captain Bailey, for now, surely.
Over 3 Mumbai Indians 29/0
Sandeep for a second over. No slip in place, so a deliberate edge from Simmons easily fetches four. Sharma is holding the seam to facilitate in-swing, but the ball isn't moving laterally - through the air or off the seam. Not threatening enough, this. Simmons and Hussey at ease.
Over 2 Mumbai Indians 20/0
South African left-armer Hendricks to share the new ball with Sharma. Ugly start, too, coughing up five wides down the leg-side - but bouncing back to cut the left-handed Hussey near in half with some fine movement in off the seam.
- 21st May 2014
- Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena, V A Kulkarni
- TV Umpire
- P G Pathak
- Match Referee
- R S Mahanama
- Reserve Umpire
- U V Gandhe
mumbai BATTING CARD
|L.M.P. Simmons||Not out||100|
|M.E.K. Hussey||b Patel||6|
|A.T. Rayudu||c Sehwag b Dhawan||17|
|R.G. Sharma||c Sharma b Hendricks||18|
|K.A. Pollard||Not out||8|
|Total||19.0 Overs||159 - 3|