Saha surprise rattles Mumbai Indians

Wriddhiman 93 guides Kings XI Punjab to 230/3 vs MI

Mumbai: Kings XI Punjab defeated Mumbai Indians by 7 runs in the Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at their home ground Wankhede Stadium tonight to keep their hopes of making it to the play-offs qualification alive.

They perished in successive overs with Simmons departing in the 10th to a stunning one-handed catch by New Zealander Martin Guptill at long-on after the batsman tried to dispatch a full toss from Australian off-spinner Glenn Maxwell. Punjab scored 230 runs for the loss of 3 wickets and Mumbai gave them a strong fight as they too piled n 223 runs for 6 wickets. Requiring 16 off the final over, Kieron Pollard smashed Mohit Sharma for a six on his second ball.

Saha stuck an unbeaten 93 in 55 balls to help his team post a mammoth 230 for 3. In a high-scoring contest, which saw a total of 453 runs scored in 40 overs, the difference between the two teams was a mere seven runs.

The Kings XI Punjab wicketkeeper played a smart innings at the top of the order to lay the foundation for his team's seven-run victory. Mumbai Indians are still on top of the IPL standings table with 18 points from 13 games, while Kings XI Punjab have now moved up to 14 points from the same number of matches.

Chasing an improbable 230/3 after Kings XI Punjab posted this season's highest score, Kieron Pollard 50 not out (24b, 1x4, 5x6) and Hardik Pandya played a blinder to nearly chase it down only to fall short in the end.

However, they fell in successive overs and when Nitish Rana was dismissed the hosts were 121-4, requiring 110 from just 44 balls. Displaying his slogging powers, Saha then added 52 for the third wicket in 26 balls with Shaun Marsh (25, 16b, 2x6), before finishing off the innings with an unbeaten 47-run stand for the fourth wicket with Axar Patel (19, 13b, 1x6), who provided the icing of the Kings' cake with a last-ball six off Pandya.

Earlier, Maxwell blasted five sixes before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah. Before this, Gujarat Lions had posted 214/3 against Delhi Daredevils in this edition.

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.

And so the big West Indian turned and lumbered back for the second, grounding his bat well short of the popping crease at the bowler's end in a bid to return before Maxwell's throw came in.

Kings XI were further aggrieved when he hit the following ball for six, his fifth of the innings, but from there on Mohit Sharma was flawless, conceding just one more from the over to seal an exhilarating win.

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