Felix Austin | cricket20
Shaun Marsh kept his cool scoring an important half century as the Kings XI Punjab suffered another frustrating game with the bat to set the Mumbai Indians a target of only 164 to chase for victory at the Brabourne Stadium.
The Kings XI suffered another terrible start losing opener Ravi Bopara (1) in the second over when he played and missed a straight delivery from Zaheer Khan and was trapped LBW.
The early loss of Boparaís wickets meant Marsh and Mavinder Bisla had to rebuild the Kings XIís innings
Marsh, who was in the line up because skipper Kumar Sangakkara was serving a one game suspension played some exceptional cricket shot hitting the ball straight down the ground as the partnership with Bisla grew.
The pairís contribution had reached 35 when Bisla picked out Khan at mid off to give Lasith Malinga a wicket in his first over which left the Kings XI 40-2.
After a poor start the Kings XI had responded really well thanks to Marsh and contributions from Bisla (11) and Mahela Jayawardene (20), but, as the case as been on a number of occasions this year the visitors threw away a potential match winning position.
In the space of 5 balls the Kings XI slumped from 89-2 to 92-4 after Jayawardene and Yuvraj Singh (2) were both dismissed to as their middle order stumbled once again.
Marsh past his half century with a boundary through cover point before he was bowled by Malinga in the 15th over after the Sri Lankan had struck with the previous ball to remove Irfan Pathan (18) leaving the Kings XI 124-6.
Malinga struck again in his next over to claim his fourth wicket of the night after bowling Karan Goel (1) to further restrict the Kings XI after they had lost Brett Lee (3) in the previous over.
The wickets continued to fall as Khan bowled Vikramjeet Malik (6) but a quickfire 22 from Piyush Chawla helped the Kings XI limp to 163 all out after Chawla was run out from th elast ball of the innings.