Saha, Guptill star in Punjab win over Mumbai

Saha, Guptill star in Punjab win over Mumbai

Saha, Guptill star in Punjab win over Mumbai

Mumbai won the toss and made a decision to field first. Skipper Glenn Maxwell smashed 47 off 21 balls with the help of five sixes and two boundaries.

KXIP's win gave them two vital points and kept them in the running for a play-off spot, though they have to win their last match as well against Rising Pune Supergiant to make the cut. Kings XI scored 100 runs off the first eight overs and 99 off the final nine. His teammate Shaun Marsh was also in good touch hitting a handy 25 from 16 balls before skying one into the awaiting hands of Parthiv Patel.

Mumbai Indians required the same number of runs in their final over and Mohit, who had already conceded 49 off his earlier three, didn't inspire much confidence, especially after being hit for a six by Pollard off his second delivery.

MI had lost footing with the loss of three quick wickets, but Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya put the chase back on track with a flurry of sixes; both batsmen matched each other stroke for stroke, and added 55 runs in 3.3 overs. Asked open the innings by the Kings in their second-consecutive must-win game, Wriddhiman Saha fully justified the decision and blasted an unbeaten 93 (55b, 11x4, 3x6) to inspire his fired-up team to a formidable 230 for three. Even when we were batting, they bowled well in the death and we couldn't hit that well, we were also exhausted.

After posting a huge 230-run total, Punjab bowlers didn't buckle under pressure as Mohit Sharma bowled a brilliant last over to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat. Maxwell's innings had five sixes apart from two boundaries.

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Put in to bat, Kings XI were off to a flying start with the new opening duo of Martin Guptill (36 from 18 balls) and Saha putting on 68 runs before being separated by leg-spinner Karn Sharma.

McClenaghan, Bumrah and Karn picked up one wicket apiece. Interestingly, the bookies were nabbed from the hotel, where the teams - Gujarat Lions and Delhi Daredevils - were staying for their IPL match, held in the Uttar Pradesh city on Wednesday.

Just when the game appeared on the line, with Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya blasting the Punjab seamers to all corners of the Wankhede, Saha dived full length to his right to snare an exceptional two-handed catch off the outside edge of Pandya's bat.

Simmons (59) might have thought he had hit Maxwell for six just a few balls later but Guptill leapt into the air to claim a spectacular grab.

Guptill's departure did not bother Saha, as he continued to take on opposition bowlers, hitting two fours in the seventh over.

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