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Indians struggle as Chawla and Pathan dominate

The Mumbai Indians failed to capitalise on good starts made by Sachin Tendulkar and Ambati Rayudu as the Kings XI restricted the Indians to a total of just 154 on a slow turning wicket..

Tendulkar (29) and Rayudu (33) both made good starts for the Indians but neither player was unable to build their innings after they were both bowled by spinner Piyush Chawla before they were settled at the crease.

After Wednesdays embarrassing 9 wicket defeat against the Rajasthan Royals the Kings XI looked more composed in the field with a mistake free performance.

The Indians were never comfortable on a slow turning wicket losing wickets at regular intervals to stop the flow of wickets as each new batsman struggled to find any rhythm early in their innings.

Irfan Pathan struck twice removing opener Shikhar Dhawan (2) and Rajagopal Sathish (20) as the Kings XI slower bowlers provided the biggest threat to the Indians big hitting top order.

JP Duminy and Kieron Pollard offered some resistance sharing a sixth wicket partnership of 38 to give the Indians some hope before Pollard (18) was bowled by Pathan to leave the visitors 134-6.

With the big hitting West Indian back in the dug out Duminy and Harbhajan Singh saw the Indians past 150 with an 18 run partnership which will give their bowlers a chance on a rapidly slowing wicket.

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