Visakhapatnam: Kings XI Punjab captain Murli Vijay plays a shot during match IPL 2016 against Mumbai Indians at the ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday.
Visakhapatnam - Stoinis bags four; Vijay and Saha net half centuries as King XI win big
Australia's promising all-rounder Marcus Stoinis claimed an impressive four-wicket haul as Kings XI Punjab trounced Mumbai Indians by --- wickets at the Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium in Visakhapatnam on Friday night.
Stoinis returned with brilliant figures of 4 for 15 in his full quota of four overs to restrict Mumbai Indians to 124 after skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bat.
Punjab got off to a disastrous start when opener Hashim Amla once again flopped with the bat and eparted without opening his account. But captain Murali Vijay ( ) and Wriddhiman Saha ( ) ensured there were no further hiccups as they carried Punjab to victory with -- balls to spare.
With this win Punjab moved above Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Rising Pune Supergiants into seventh spot with eight points, while the defeat has slightly dented Mumbai's hopes of maiking the playoff as they are stranded on 12 points from 12 matches with only two matches left in the league phase.
Mumbai Indians were off to a disastrous start, losing two wickets for just eight runs on the board within the third over of the innings.
Playing in place of Parthiv Patel, Unmukt Chand could not make the rare opportunity count as he got out to a terrible shot, giving an easy catch at mid-on off the bowling of Mohit Sharma while trying to whip a length ball into the leg side.
Chand failed to open his account at the Dr. Y S Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium. Then Ambati Rayudu was done in by a delivery that swung in prodigiously and hit the off and middle stumps. Rayudu, too, was dismissed for nought, the bowler being seamer Sandeep Sharma.
Mumbai Indians were dealt a body blow when they lost the in-form Rohit, bowled by left-arm spinner Axar Patel. Rohit made 15 off 24 balls with a lone boundary.
The reigning champions sank deeper as they lost Nitish Rana (25) followed by the big wicket of Jos Buttler (9). Stoinis got both the wickets to leave Mumbai reeling at 61 for five in the 14th over. Rana struck three sixes while facing 28 balls. However, MI still had the firepower of Kieron Pollard and the burly West Indian did not disappoint his team, smashing a flurry of sixes. MI gained some momentum by scoring 17 runs in the 16th over bowled by Axar.
Pollard was well supported by Krunal Pandya as he also, on and off, found the fence before holing out at the deep to end a sixth-wicket partnership of 42 that came off just 19 balls.
Stoinis then returned to dismantle Pollard's off stump and again pegged MI back at a crucial juncture. While Pollard smashed 27 off 20 balls with the help of three sixes, Pandya contributed a 12-ball 19, hitting a boundary and six.