Mumbai Indians defeated Kings XI Punjab by four wickets in the Indian Premier League (IPL) at the Brabourne Stadium here Tuesday.
Mumbai Indians reached the target of 164 runs losing six wickets with three balls to spare after Shikhar Dhawan made 50 and Saurabh Tiwary scored 31.
Mumbai Indians effectively put one foot in the semi-finals door with this victory. Needing six runs off the last over bowled by Brett Lee, R Sathish and Harbhajan Singh held their nerve to carve out their sixth win in seven games.
Sri Lankan speedster Lasith Malinga snared three wickets in four balls spread over two overs as Mumbai Indians braced themselves up for a 164-run target.
The Mumbai innings, however, kept losing wickets at crucial stages keeping Punjab in the game. Kieron Pollard (20) and Dhawan fell in quick succession before another stutter that saw Ambati Rayudu, Dwayne Bravo and Saurabh Tiwary perishing. The match headed into the final over but pace spearhead Brett Lee couldn't manage to keep the Mumbai batsmen quiet, conceding a wide to finish off the proceedings.
Malinga finished with fine figures of 4-22 and was backed up by a splendid bowling performance by the Mumbai Indians bowlers after captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and decided to bowl. Kings XI Punjab, already missing Kumar Sangakkara who was banned for the match.
Marsh, playing his first game of this IPL after a prolonged injury layoff, impressed with a fine half-century (57) but lacked support from the other end. Jayawardene contributed a handy 20 but several mix-ups with his partner finally culminated into his run out.
Yuvraj's woeful run in the IPL continued, he dismissed for two.
Sachin was not in a good touch, he scored 11 from 15 balls but quite enough to grab the orange cap of IPL THREE.
Mumbai Indians 164 for 6 (Dhawan 50, Tiwary 31) beat Kings XI Punjab 163 (Marsh 57, Malinga 4-22) by four wickets