Kings XI v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2014, Mohali

Simmons ton pushes Mumbai to fifth

The Report by Alagappan Muthu

May 21, 2014

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Mumbai Indians 159 for 3 (Simmons 100*) beat Kings XI Punjab 156 for 8 (Bailey 39, Vohra 36, Gopal 2-32) by seven wickets

Simmons capitalised after Kings XI misread the pitch

Lendl Simmons walked in with a strike-rate of 115 this season. It would have been adequate considering Mumbai Indians' target was a relatively unchallenging 157. But he had other responsibilities to fulfill: Mumbai's chances at a playoff spot not only depended on wins in every match they play, they would also need to drub their oppositions. He responded with the first century of the season, lifting Mumbai to as high as fifth in the table.

Mumbai did waver from their course as the need to gain points on run-rate took a backseat to Simmons' landmark. His own nervousness contributed to a lull in scoring and sympathetic team-mates, including the big-hitting Kieron Pollard - blocked for him. The chase was well under their control and victory could have been theirs well earlier but they waited for Simmons. Once the necessary single was taken calmly through square leg, Pollard immediately slammed the final ball of the 19th over into the crowd beyond long-on.

Simmons drew impressive power from swift hands and a steady base. The cut was a frequent source of boundaries as he accounted for 55 of the opening partnership's 68. Kings XI Punjab were unable to keep to one side of the wicket which allowed Simmons to unleash an array of slog-sweeps and lashes down the ground to maintain a run-rate of nearly 10 for the majority of their innings, well north of the requisite 7.85. In the midst of a indifferent season, Mumbai have beaten the most dominant team twice and that confidence will be vital as they still need to win their two remaining games by a considerable margin to stay alive.

A combination of strength and timing allowed Simmons to ease into his innings. Most of his strokes ended with an audacious flourish and it was clear that he knew and vehemently backed his strengths. At the presentation, he picked the slog-sweep as his favourite shot but there were better picks on offer. Sandeep Sharma was unable to conjure any swing and was bashed for three fours - cut through point, drilled past mid-on and scythed beyond extra cover's reach - in the very first over. Spin did not trouble him either as he managed singles and interspersed them with boundaries borne from good footwork.

Virender Sehwag had been similarly adventurous when Kings XI were asked to bat. His see-ball-hit-ball-forget-about-feet method fetched 23 runs after two overs, but a freak run-out left Sehwag ruing another start not capitalised on.

Manan Vohra and Shaun Marsh, playing his first game of the season in place of the rested David Miller, weathered a brief spell of swing with the new ball. Their prudence was rewarded when spin was introduced. There were cracks on the Mohali pitch, but initial waywardness from Shreyas Gopal and Pragyan Ojha cost 51 in four overs. With their most potent weapon, Glenn Maxwell, still in the shed, Kings XI were primed for another assault.

But as had happened in the previous encounter between the two sides, the middle order was stymied and then sent back. Krishmar Santokie broke the 64-run stand for the second wicket as Marsh holed out. Gopal's legspin was persisted with and the gamble proved dividends as Vohra and Maxwell were pried out.

A slow pitch and a sudden dearth of big-hitters pushed Kings XI into a prolonged state of caution. Noticeable acceleration took as late as the 18th over and George Bailey strove towards a score that might offer some justice to their start. The eventual 156 did not, nor was it good enough.

Alagappan Muthu is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by   on (May 23, 2014, 15:36 GMT)

Well done Simmo! Keep the runs coming.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 11:03 GMT)

When Mumbai signed Simmons many said that were better players available locally. Simmo has been in good form and has carried this to this edition of the IPL . He along with many shot makers from the West Indies are tailor made for the T20 arena . First century in this years IPL and in a winning cause . .... Talk Nah !

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 10:51 GMT)

Miller is FAR more valuable than Marsh.... you go on current value and talent, not historical form and reputations.... it is t20 too... Miller can bowl... all teams must play their all-rounders, including DD playing Neesham. That's why they are last - poor balance.

Posted by Naresh28 on (May 22, 2014, 7:01 GMT)

Praveen Kumar should be selected to play for India. His bowling in the right conditions can be effective. He is more like Bhuvi. This IPL has showed up new Indian talent. Sandeep Sharma needs to be nurtured and maybe with experience could be an asset.

Posted by 146Koshal on (May 22, 2014, 6:53 GMT)

Rajsthan Royals are almost sure to go in even if they loose both matches as long as they dont loose by more than 70 runs total. Seems improbable if not impossible

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 4:47 GMT)

MI is a excellently well oiled unit and the only flaw has been the late start up ! The way they are playing the last two matches at their home turf should give them wins !

Posted by lian_14 on (May 22, 2014, 4:41 GMT)

@Suja59 KXIP have not relied on M&M show for a lot of the recent matches, and a lot of the batsmen have stood up and KXIP have been able to score well. The whole batting line-up has done well, which makes me annoyed that people keep on saying that KXIP rely only on the M&M show throughout. The pairing have really only performed well together in like 3-4 games, but it was such memorable performances that makes people feel that KXIP is nothing without them, which isn't the case. Sure they are KXIP's 2 best batsmen, but to continually hear that KXIP is all about Maxwell and Miller is not fair on the other players, like Patel, Sandeep, Viru, Vohra, Dhawan, Balaji, Saha, Johnson and Bailey who have all stood up and done particularly well when required. And as for the KXIP bowlers, they have performed well throughout the tournament. They have had a few off days but I'm sure they will bounce back as a bowling unit.

Posted by Mr.CricketJKNotHussey on (May 22, 2014, 4:31 GMT)

Calm down. KXIP was bound to have bad days and its good that they are getting through them before the playoffs. Maxwell couldn't possibly go the way he has in every game but if your remember, he made a blistering 43 just two games ago. This is not a drop in form or a matter of him being figured out. He plays attacking cricket from ball one. That is just how he is and why he has been so successful. Sehwag's runout was unfortunate and Vohra looked like he was taking on the anchor role. Unfortunate to lose both Vohra and Marsh so quickly together but it was nice to see Bailey lead Punjab to a decent score. KXIP just needs to let forget these bad days and focus on regrouping and taking winning momentum into the playoffs. They need one win to finish in the top two and should hope to win the last two just to keep the spirits up. Johnson can come back in the next match, the Mohali pitch suits him. Miller vs Marsh can be seen and that is the only real question now.

Posted by anver777 on (May 22, 2014, 4:25 GMT)

Simmon's ton could have come much much earlier, had MI skipper Rohit supported by giving him the strike during nineties... even when he got out caught at 3rd man, the batsmen have not crossed & again Simmon was denied the strike. In the end the fellow countryman Pollard helped him to get this finest & the first ton in IPL-2014 !!

Posted by Azizul84 on (May 22, 2014, 4:22 GMT)

Wish a last two ball finish of the match and kkr's win. Considering the current scenario they are more deserving than anybody else.

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 4:11 GMT)

good come back by mumbai indians. simmons ton is positive sign for mumbai indians

Posted by sweetiepaper on (May 22, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

Wow, its unbelievable how even despite the century, Simmons still has detractors among some twisted Mumbai fanatics. You cant blame Simmons for not blazing away in the end. If NRR is so important, why didn't they send Pollard earlier. Instead Sharma comes in and bats 18 from 20. Yet the Mumbai fanatics looking for a scapegoat this season says if they don't get in it is because of Simmons. SMH. Bat on Simmons, Mumbai can still do this. Yeah ... Talk Nah!

Posted by Suja59 on (May 22, 2014, 4:06 GMT)

If both RR and KKR win one of their remaining two matches, the third and fourth sport is filled, which is extremely likely. Even otherwise it will take an herculean task to convert a negative NRR to a positive one. Simmons scoring his 100 a few balls quicker may not have made much difference to the NRR.

Posted by Suja59 on (May 22, 2014, 3:59 GMT)

@entryholedia Kings X1 were twice beaten by MI this season, Maxwell notwithstanding. The assault of M&M may have floored other teams , not MI. And yes, Kings X1 need to tighten their bowling and be able to defend 140+ scores as it is only time before law of averages catches up with M&M

Posted by Siva_Bala75 on (May 22, 2014, 3:42 GMT)

You can't play for NRR from ball one and that is what MI may have to do in their final match! MI missed getting a good NRR in this match. When Rayudu got out, Mumbai needed just 46 runs in 8.1 overs. Mumbai should have sent Tare and even Praveen Kumar just to throw their bats and even Pollard later and keep Rohit as an insurance to finish if this has failed. Mumbai played too safe and this is going to hurt them in NRR.

Posted by entryholedia on (May 22, 2014, 3:14 GMT)

Kings XI have exhibited the fearless impulsive brand of batting only mainly through Maxwell & Miller . The remaining batsmen have also tried to emulate this style. The teams Mumbai Indians, RCB , KKR were taken by surprise and simply could not fathom the way forward . But such teams will some time or the other through their Quality coaches would find out the fallibility in this 'fearless impulsive brand of batting'& has in fact happened . Kings XI bowling is the weakest amongst all teams with Mitchy Lillee Johnson the only lethal weapon without even exerting 50% of what he is actually . what will Kings XI finally do depends how much their batsmen can deliver i.e they have to through maxwell et al have to score what they were doing at UAE . Lesser totals cannot be defended by this attack sans Mitchy

Posted by   on (May 22, 2014, 1:14 GMT)

Apologies to Mr Simmons - I doubted you ability, and I retract it. Three good scores in the last 4 games....keep it up.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 23:42 GMT)

Mumbai's funda - Its not over till its over. Great display and proud of them for reaching no.5 after losing 5games. Just keep entertaining and fighting till the last game. That's what we want as MI fans.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 22:48 GMT)

Even though I am MI fan, the last 2 matches makes me feel that the whole tournament is scripted. Bcoz in the match between RR & MI, RR rested few of it important players and the match against KXIP again they rested key players like Miller and Johnson. Also if RR looses it's match against KXIP and MI win there match against DD at home then the last match before the play offs would be like a quarter final between MI and RR.

Posted by Sevarino on (May 21, 2014, 21:46 GMT)

So Simmons is Smith's understudy. Living in dream land. LETS SEEEEEEEEE Simmons has the better array of SHOTS and BETTER FOOT WORk plus he now has a T20 100 to his name. But lets agree to disagree. The student is better than the so called master. MI will face CSK lets see if SMITHY or SIMMO can settle this.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 20:50 GMT)

CSK beat MI, MI beat KXIP, KXIP beat CSK in two matches Can some one tell me Which team is better

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 20:28 GMT)

its nice to see a westindian got the first century in this year ipl

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 20:03 GMT)

Go windies boys. Go Simmons. It was time someone took the spotlight from Glenn Maxwell. Pollard, Chris and Santokie we still awaiting great things from you guys.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 20:01 GMT)

Simmons at the end of 10 overs had 75 off 40 balls. At the end of 20, he had 100 of 61 balls, a visible drop in strike rate. Worse he managed to influence the batsmen at the other end to stop scoring so he could dawdle his way to a personal 100. There is a very real chance that MI could lose the 4th spot on account of a negligible difference in NRR. Will Simmons then be happy that he got a 100 NO in this game OR sorry that he did not get out at 90, allowing other MI batsmen to finish the match in the 17th / 18th ?

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 21, 2014, 19:39 GMT)

oh, and for the people who think Simmons is a WI player...

He is NOT....

He is on the ODI team... But gets a few 20/20 appearances based on the injury/availability of the other players.

Simmons was not part of the WI 20/20 squad that won the World Cup and only recently he has been given a chance down the order because of the poor form of Samuels.

Gayle, Charles, Smith have been the WI openers for the last 2 years.

Posted by lazytrini on (May 21, 2014, 19:30 GMT)

Well played Simmons. Amusing remembering the many negative comments from Indians on the article when he got called up...

Posted by FRpunk on (May 21, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

@XTRAFALGARX True that . Marsh has been there since day one and has always performed Consistently for them . Its just Unfortunate that he had to miss out because of the fact that Miller and Maxwell have been so Fantastic .

Posted by YsaKaru on (May 21, 2014, 18:31 GMT)

selfish batting by simmons.....

Posted by Rally_Windies on (May 21, 2014, 18:27 GMT)

Somebody should do an analysis on MI before & after the acquisition of Simmons. Pre Simmons, the MI batting was terrible . The only time MI did well was if 4 wickets fell in the 1st 5 overs and Pollard got to come in early with 15 overs to bat .....

MI might have been table toppers if they retained Smith, and filled the gap left by Tendulkar.

In 20/20 Cricket Smith is (don't shoot the messenger) a better opener than Tendulkar. Tendulkar's retirement , and Smith's natural progression to fill the spot left by Tendulkar should have made MI a stronger team THIS year ...

In the WI set up, Smith is 1st choice to open with Gayle and Simmons is his deputy.

MI basically replaced Smith with his understudy ! After they realized their mistake they got the "next best thing"

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 18:19 GMT) r wrong mate..Simmons have played in even when malinga was around...and if malinga is still there the santokie is the one who have to sit out and if he was playing today then KXIP would have been 15 more runs short

Posted by Twinkie on (May 21, 2014, 18:01 GMT)

Save some of that for us, Lendl! That's what Chris Gayle is doing, at last.(Just kidding!) We can't pay you as much but we did put you out there. But seriously, we seem to have players with talent who underachieve when wearing the maroon. They show flashes of brilliance but are very inconsistent. Consistency seems to show up at the IPL. Notwithstanding that the bowling today was lacking in quality, even bad bowling gets wickets when our guys are in maroon! Is there something wrong with our Windies atmosphere?

Seems like everybody has found the remedy for Glenn Maxwell. He had a lot of luck in his earliest innings with the three dropped catches and no- ball catch but his luck has run out. Fielders are hanging on to their catches and the bowler is toeing the line. The "Big Show" seems to be over.

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 21, 2014, 17:39 GMT)

It looks like any team bump into CSK or KXIP will easily beat these two teams. Having qualified to the play offs they have gone off the boil, not giving their 101 % effort. I can see only 99% . Not enough to beat any team who are fighting for the 3rd and 4th spots.

Posted by MiddleStumpYorker on (May 21, 2014, 17:37 GMT)

Malinga's departure is a blessing in disguise fr MI. if he had been available, simmons wud not hv d 4th player...gautam wudda opened with hussey...

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 17:35 GMT)

its the difference between maxwell and other players...he plays for team look simmons when he is on 90s

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 17:11 GMT)

Maxwell needs to play responsibly.even though he got 500plus runs he got only 6 30plus scores...He needs to put a prize on his wicket

Posted by King900 on (May 21, 2014, 16:42 GMT)

Beuran Hendricks has learnt nothing from bowling in South Africa as he is always short and wide. Why Punjab Kings signed him is just beyond belief. He has no Plan B when they start whacking him.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 16:24 GMT)

Punjab is finished

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 16:21 GMT)

Mumbai will win very easy

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 15:37 GMT)

king xi Punjab will win.....

Posted by xtrafalgarx on (May 21, 2014, 15:12 GMT)

Marsh is Punjab's best batsman historically by far.

Posted by   on (May 21, 2014, 14:38 GMT)

hope mumbai win and turn the points table......

Posted by Cricketfan11111 on (May 21, 2014, 14:30 GMT)

M&M show again, be it different second M.

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