Aaron Moores | cricket20
The Mumbai Indians suffered a massive batting collapse to hand a 76 run victory to the Kings XI Punjab which keeps their faint hopes of reaching the play offs alive.
Faced with a run chase of 164 the Indians got off to disastrous start which saw them lose 3 early wickets as they slipped to just 27-3 after 4.1 overs, their worst start in this years tournament.
Aiden Blizzard got the innings off to a great start scoring three boundaries in the opening over before Sachin Tendulkar (9) steered an easy catch to Shaun Marsh at backward point to give Praveen Kumar the break through in the 3rd over.
Bipul Sharma (5) quickly followed before Blizzard was caught by Adam Gilchris after the Australian edged a delivery from Kumar at the start of the 5th over.
With the Indians on the back foot the pressure increased when Andrew Symonds (8) was run out by Mandeep Singh after the Aussie was left stranded by Ambati Rayudu.
Having run his teammate out, Rayudu (13) would have wanted to play a big role leading the Indians recovering but was soon walking back to the visitors dug out after he spooned a simple catch to Bipul Sharma at mid on.
Tirumalasetti Suman (4), Harbhajan Singh (12) quickly followed as the table topping Indians suffered a catastrophic batting collapse to hand victory to the Kings XI.
With the visitors rocking Bhargav Bhatt picked up three wickets in the space of 4 deliveries to remove Keiron Pollard (17), Dhawal Kulkarni (2) and Munaf Patel (0) in a wild 13th over.
Having won the toss and elected top bowl first the Indians day got off to a good start thanks to Patel who picked up 5 wickets to help the visitors restrict the Kings XI to a total of just 163-8 after the home side suffered a batting collapse.
Adam Gilchrist (28) and Shaun Marsh (43) helped the home side get off to a good start but having reached 128-2 in the 16th over the Kings XI lost 6 wickets in the space of 5 overs adding just 39 runs to their total.
Munaf Patel (21-5) lead the way picking up five wickets to help the Indians fight their way back into the game after the home side had enjoyed the majority of the opening innings.
Despite losing Paul Valthaty (14) early in the innings the Kings XI got off to a great start thanks to a second wicket stand of 70 between Adam Gilchrist and Shaun Marsh.
The Kings XI skipper banished his recent poor form by scoring 28 runs before he was dismissed by Lasith Malinga in the 11th over when he edged a bouncer from the Sri Lankan through to wicket keeper Ambati Rayudu.
Having made the break through the Indians could have removed Dinesh Karthik soon after but the Indian was handed a lifeline on 11 by Aiden Blizzard who put down an easy catch out on the boundary.
Having been reprieved Karthik along with Marsh increased the Kings XI hold on the game with a 3rd wicket partnership of 36 which gave the home side the perfect base to push on towards 170 or 180.
With the game in the balance Patel struck back for the Indians in the 16th over removing Marsh (43) and David Hussey (0) within the space of 4 deliveries to leave the Kings XI 129-4.
New batsman Mandeep Singh could only add 8 runs before he was run out by Malinga in the 18th over as the Kings XI’s innings started to unravel in dramatic fashion.
Karthik (31) and Ryan Harris (6) quickly followed as Patel completed an impressive spell with two more wickets before Malinga picked up his 26th wicket of the tournament when he bowled Praveen Kumar in the final over.