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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.
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14.5 Bumrah to Murali Vijay, 1 run, slow off cutter outside off, he pushes it to third man for another single
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14.4 Bumrah to Saha, 1 run, shorter outside off, slashed to third man for an easy single
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14.3 Bumrah to Murali Vijay, 1 run, angled on the pads, he flicks it to long leg to complete a single
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14.2 Bumrah to Murali Vijay, no run, back of length on off, he goes for a wild heave but misses completely. Going after the net run rate it seems.
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14.1 Bumrah to Saha, 1 run, slow length ball, he hangs back in his crease and guides it to third man
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Bumrah back!
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14 runs from the over, KXIP at 102/1. Century partnership up between Saha and Vijay, expert batting.
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13.6 Krunal Pandya to Saha, 1 run, fired on the off stump, squeezes it to short third man for a quick one
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13.5 Krunal Pandya to Saha, 2 runs, uses his leg to meet the ball on the full, chips it to vacant the midwicket region
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13.4 Krunal Pandya to Saha, no run, angles in after pitching, he squeezes it to point
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13.3 Krunal Pandya to Murali Vijay, 1 run, waits in his crease and paddles the ball from outside off to short fine leg
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13.2 Krunal Pandya to Murali Vijay, FOUR! length dragged back, he pulls it with disdain past a diving short midwicket. Pandya over corrected his length and VIjay cashed in on it. Foot on the pedal, Rohit can only offer a morose look. Punjab have opened up and are now motoring along.
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13.1 Krunal Pandya to Murali Vijay, SIX! Stays in his crease and launches the full ball right over the midwicket fence. Clearing his front leg, enough of prodding and defending, Vijay smokes it clean over cow corner.
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14 runs from the over, Saha has climbed all over Harbhajan in his final over. KXIP doing it with ridiculous ease. They have played spinners with precise wrists and placement.
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12.6 Harbhajan to Saha, FOUR! Moves across in his crease and sweeps the ball from outside off. It eludes the diving fielder at long leg. Full array of strokes on display.
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12.5 Harbhajan to Murali Vijay, 1 leg bye, dances forward and is hit on the pads. They change ends
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12.4 Harbhajan to Murali Vijay, no run, pushes the length ball from middle to short midwicket
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12.3 Harbhajan to Saha, 1 run, flighted outside off, he can just push it to short third man
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12.2 Harbhajan to Saha, SIX! Charges down the track again, catches the ball on the full and pops it over long off. Uses his feet, gets to the pitch off the shot, and then plays a check punch over long off. Beautiful shot.
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12.1 Harbhajan to Saha, 2 runs, flighted outside off, he uses his feet and plays it inside out over covers
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74/1 after 12 overs.
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11.6 Southee to Murali Vijay, no run, slower again outside off, he backs away and drags it to mid off.
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11.5 Southee to Murali Vijay, no run, slower on the off, he nudges it to point for none
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11.5 Southee to Murali Vijay, WIDE! Trying to angle it to leg, strays down the stumps
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11.4 Southee to Saha, 1 run, length outside off, he works it down to third man for one.