Mumbai Indians v Kings XI, IPL 2014, Mumbai May 3, 2014

Mumbai Indians finally end losing streak


Mumbai Indians 170 for 5 (Rohit 39, Anderson 35, Gautam 33, Pollard 28*) beat Kings XI Punjab 168 for 5 (Saha 59*, Maxwell 45) by five wickets
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Back on home turf at Wankhede Stadium, the venue of their unbeaten run the previous year, Mumbai Indians' batsmen held their nerve at the death to give their franchise their first victory of the season in six attempts. Mumbai Indians needed 41 off the last three overs but Kieron Pollard and Aditya Tare catapulted their side home with five deliveries to spare and ended Kings XI Punjab's victorious five-game run.

The home side lost their openers cheaply before thirties from CM Gautam, Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson revived them. The asking-rate climbed again after Rohit and Anderson departed in the 16th and 17th overs, but Pollard and Tare were around to ensure Mumbai Indians were not letting it slip away.

It was Tare who wrested back momentum for Mumbai Indians when he lofted L Balaji for four over extra cover and pulled him over deep midwicket for six in the 18th over, which went for 16. Kings XI had Mitchell Johnson for the 19th, and Pollard has often been found wanting against quality pace from the likes of Dale Steyn.

But the allrounder never let Johnson get on top, lifting the first ball of the over, a full delivery, for six over long-on. Johnson followed up with a wide down the leg side. Pollard ran twos off the next two deliveries before inside-edging a yorker for four. A pull to deep square leg for four more and a single to keep strike made it 20 off the over. Pollard completed formalities by launching Sandeep Sharma's first ball of the final over for six over long-off. He ended on 28 off 12 while Tare was unbeaten on 16 from 6.

Gautam and Rohit had come together at 23 for 2 after the openers departed to Sandeep's swing and added 47 in 41 before Gautam fell to Rishi Dhawan. Rohit and Anderson took a six each off Dhawan's next over but the real push Mumbai Indians needed came in the 13th over bowled by Akshar Patel. Anderson slogged the left-arm spinner for four consecutive boundaries, and the 20-run over brought down the asking-rate to eight-and-a-half from ten.

Kings XI fought back as Balaji, Johnson and Dhawan put in four tight overs, which earned the wickets of Rohit and Anderson. The rate shot up to nearly 14 after Dhawan completed his spell in the 17th, but Mumbai Indians had more ammunition in the form of Pollard and Tare.

They also had Lasith Malinga, who gave away just eight runs combined in the 18th and 20th overs of the Kings XI innings. It meant that despite taking 20 off the penultimate over - bowled jointly by Zaheer Khan and Pollard after the left-armer left the field midway clutching his shoulder - Kings XI were not able to have the big finish they needed.

Their innings went similarly as Mumbai Indians' was to, barring that final surge. The openers could not do much before Glenn Maxwell and Wriddhiman Saha rebuilt. Even as Saha struggled to rotate the strike, Maxwell kept hitting fours and sixes with ease. He had motored to 45 off 26 before he mishit Harbhajan Singh to long-on.

George Bailey's move to promote himself ahead of David Miller did not work. Saha took over now, moving from 12 off 23 to 59 off 47, sweeping and pulling Pollard for three fours in the 14th over. His acceleration wasn't enough in the end.

Abhishek Purohit is a senior sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Ali on May 5, 2014, 5:00 GMT

    love the Indian commentary team ... Pollard's assault in the last 2 overs and smashing MJ .. was "average" stuff ..

    Pollard is not batting well and over rated ...

    I guess that is why this over rated , over paid guy has score the most runs for MI , and he has done it batting at #5 or #6 ....

    If MI's #1 to #4 were batting as horribly as Pollard, then MI would have made 180+ every game ...

  • Shwetank on May 5, 2014, 4:17 GMT

    MI fans need to be OPTIMISTIC, since being REALISTIC of their chances is not really an option any more. I was sorely disappointed that they didn't retain any of Maxwell, Smith or Johnson. These are all match-winning players!! Anderson was a good pick up and will come good eventually imo, but letting the others go was a BIG mistake!

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 14:00 GMT

    At Android User - We MI fans are optimistic not just becoz of one win, but seeing the other teams results. Yes , agreed its a little shame to pray for other results to come in our way. But seeing 3 teams running forward and 5 others stay bottom, MI has enough chance to fight for the 4th spot. May be just 5 or 6 victories can taken them there. On the auction part, still we believe, strategies were poor. First win for us came with the power of old starts, Rohit Pollard , Malinga and Tare, only Anderson came to party. On the other side our last year team, Maxwell Smith are ruling this IPL. Lets wait and watch and be REALISTICALLY OPTIMISTIC

  • Abu on May 4, 2014, 12:41 GMT

    @vishwa1111 - Guess you are not a fan of MI. Raydu is no where near KArthik as far as the calibre is concerned. But DK didnt want to stay. MI had offered DK retention and as per reports he did not take it. So there is no point in trying to buy him in auction as he wanted to move on. One thing realy puzzles me is why on the earth Raydu was retained.

    As far as Anderson is concerned, as the other friend said SL players are not available full time this season, and on top pf that Correy has much more potential than Angelo (with all respect to the talen of Angelo).

  • Garry on May 4, 2014, 8:25 GMT

    vishwa1111 Angelo Mathews and the rest of the SL team are only available for part of the IPL, unless your name is Malinga or any other world class player then you ain't going to get picked. Mathews is a good alrounder and is proberbly better than Anderson at the moment but Anderson has a lot more potential than Mathews and will be a better all-rounder. If anything Mumbai do need a player like Sangakkara, someone that can ancor an innings.

  • Vishwa on May 4, 2014, 7:16 GMT

    If mumbai wants to win they will have to buy kusal perera,sanga and mathews in next auction......How on earth anderson is better than mathews and raydu better than karthik.........????

  • yuvraj on May 4, 2014, 3:00 GMT

    MI team just resembles the Indian team. Win all the matches at home but get whitewashed in overseas conditions.

  • Dummy4 on May 4, 2014, 2:04 GMT

    This match bridges the generation gap; A 42 year old Tambe was the best bowler, and a 22 year old Karun Nair was the best batsman in the same match,on the same pitch, in the same conditions! On another front...

    By and large, most of the "uncapped" Indian players, bowlers or batsmen,are doing well. Good boding for the future of Indian cricket.

  • ESPN on May 3, 2014, 20:20 GMT

    Mumbai Indians lost 5 KingsXl Punjab won 5 Now Mumbai Indians won 1, won't that be the first of many

  • Ramya on May 3, 2014, 20:01 GMT

    Good to see a MI win after wht it looked like ages! But I still think its a long road as they have to rely on the results of other teams as well - after the result of the 2nd game RR is very much in contention for the last 4 alongside CSK & Kings XI, which leaves the other teams to fight against each other for the last spot

    With RCB, KKR, SRH & DD ahead of points with games to be played against each other - it will be tough for Mumbai to qualify - but as u know - anything can happen in T20 cricket! I think Kings XI, CSK & RR will qualify for the last 4!

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