Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis’ four-wicket haul helped Kings XI Punjab defeat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets at Vishakapatnam on Friday. After restricting the reigning champions to 124/9, Kings XI skipper Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha took the team to the victory with an 116-run stand.
After earning a crucial victory against Royal Challengers Bangalore in the last match, Mumbai Indians welcomed bottom-dwellers Kings XI Punjab to their adopted home at Vishakhapatnam. Parthiv Patel’s poor run in the last few games saw him being replaced by Unmukt Chand as Mumbai Indians made one change to their playing XI. Glenn Maxwell returned to the playing XI for Kings XI Punjab along with Gurkeerat Mann as Farhaan Behardien and Anureet Singh made way for them. Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bowl first after folding out for 92 in their chase against Sunrisers Hyderabad in the last match.
The reigning champions hoped for a good start after batting first, but their hopes went up in smoke as Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma ran riot by removing Unmukt Chand and Ambati Rayudu early. Mohit struck in his first over after the former U-19 captain chipped a nothing shot to Gurkeerat at mid-off. Sandeep produced a stunning inswinger the next over to castle Rayudu. With two top order batsmen back in the pavilion, Mumbai managed just 21 runs in the powerplay as the bowlers dominated the play. Rohit Sharma and Nitish Rana stitched together a 28-run stand to steady the innings, but Axar Patel ruined Mumbai’s plans in the 9th over by removing the in-form Rohit. At the half-way mark, the defending champions were struggling with just 45 runs on the board.
If the horror start was not enough, Australian all-rounder Marcus Stoinis increased the misery for the defending champions by claiming a four-wicket haul. The medium fast bowler first removed Nitish Rana in the 11th over to claim his first wicket, before ending Jos Buttler’s time at the crease in the 14th over. Kieron Pollard counter-attacked in his own
Vijay and Saha take Punjab to victory
Kings XI got off to a similar start as their rivals as Tim Southee trapped Hashim Amla in front of the stumps in the opening over. But, Punjab skipper Murali Vijay and wicket-keeper batsman Wriddhiman Saha made sure that Kings XI's did not go the same way as Mumbai's. When Saha took