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IPL 2016 Match 43: Kings XI beat Mumbai Indians by 7 wickets

Updated: 13 May 2016 23:43 IST - Published: 13 May 2016 13:55 IST
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That's all from us for today's game. Do tune in tomorrow for a double header, the first one between Gujarat Lions and Royal Challengers, and the subsequent one between Kolkata Knight Riders and Rising Pune Supergiants. Thank you and Good Night!
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STOINIS is the MAN OF THE MATCH "Wicket suited my bowling, the simple plan was to bowl straight and slow. During batting, we played sensibly and kept taking singles to keep the score going. It was a team effort, as all bowlers bowled well to keep the pressure on. If we keep winning, and get results in our favour, you never know, we might go through."
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Vijay:"Hadn't started the tournament that well but it is coming together now. Wicket was on the slower side but we were brilliant, even in the field. Bowlers did a great job to restrict them to 125, because we thought 140 was a par score. We attacked the spinners to keep the scoreboard ticking"
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Rohit Sharma: "Poor execution from us, the wicket was not easy and the ball was not coming onto the bat. We should have applied ourselves. 125 was not enough. Credit to Kings XI, they used the conditions well and kept us guessing. We tried some things, didn't work. We have to get back to the drawing board. It is not a high scoring ground so we should have played according to the conditions. Wont put too much pressure on the guys. We need to win matches, shouldn't think too much about the table"
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Mumbai Indians needed early wickets, and they got Hashim Amla, and that evoked some optimism. Saha and Vijay then got together and steadied the ship with careful batting and some judicious shot selection. VIjay played some aesthetic shots along the way. On a tricky pitch, they played the spinners with caution, and even though Harbhajan got some good purchase on a slowish turner, but Saha and Vijay saw the phase through. Saha opened up in the final over of Harbhajan and took him to the cleaners. Both got to their half-centuries, and Punjab sauntered to a win. Another bad loss for Mumbai Indians who are now in a do or die territory. The victory was achieved by the bowlers, who never allowed Mumbai to get going. The IPL has once again got exciting. The race to the final four all spruced up. McClenaghan got two quick wickets at the end, Maxwell got another duck, but it was all too little too late. A minor blip for an otherwise flawless day for Punjab.
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16.6 Southee to Gurkeerat, FOUR! KINGS XI WIN! Full ball on middle and leg, he hits it straight and hard to long on to finish off the proceedings. Easy in the end, Vijay carried his bat through, batting according to what was required.
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16.5 Southee to Gurkeerat, no run, in the block hole, he digs it back to Southee
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16.4 Southee to Murali Vijay, 1 run, slower short ball, he waits for it and swats it to deep midwicket
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16.3 Southee to Murali Vijay, no run, shorter on the body, he tries to pull but sways away
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16.2 Southee to Murali Vijay, 2 runs, width outside off, he drives it to deep cover for a brace. Dealing in single and twos. Thats what they need
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16.1 Southee to Gurkeerat, 1 leg bye, angling to the pads again, he flicks it to short fine leg for a single
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2 wickets, but KXIP have it under control!
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15.6 McClenaghan to Gurkeerat, 1 run, angling on the pads, he tucks it down to fine leg for a single
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15.5 McClenaghan to Maxwell, OUT! Length on the leg stump, he presents the face of the bat to hit it over the infield. Picks up Pollard stationed at mid on. Tame dismissal. what was Maxwell thinking, well was he thinking!
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15.5 McClenaghan to Maxwell, WIDE! Straying down leg, clips Maxwell's pads, but the umpire thinks otherwise. Given wide. That was a delayed call and even the burly McClenaghan can afford a smile.
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Maxwell in!
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With 8 runs needed, we have a timeout.
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15.4 McClenaghan to Saha, OUT! Gets him this time! Back of length again, the ball holds up after pitching, he drags it back and onto his stumps. He gets the wicket but it's a bit too late for the Mumbai Indians
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15.3 McClenaghan to Saha, FOUR! That was lucky! Length dragged back, gets a bottom edge off Saha's bat and runs down the fine leg fence. Boy he has had some luck.
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15.2 McClenaghan to Murali Vijay, 1 run, hangs back in his crease and half heartedly pulls a short ball to square leg.
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15.1 McClenaghan to Murali Vijay, 2 runs, back of length on middle and off, he pushes it to cover. Overthrow gives them one more. 50 now for Murali Vijay, he has really enjoyed captaincy.
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Mitch M!
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110/1, and Saha has played a blinder on a tricky pitch. Well he has had his share of luck, but has cashed in on it big time.
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14.6 Bumrah to Saha, FOUR! Uses his feet again, gets enough width to hit it over the covers. 50 up for the wicket-keeper, well played.