Mumbai came out worst in this inconsequential clash. Not only did the team suffer a 50-run loss, a side strain to Dhawal Kulkarni meant the medium-pacer would be doubtful for the all-important play-off match on May 21. The chase never took off, as Praveen snared Glenn Maxwell in the first over. Thereafter, MI batsmen could never find any fluency, and it was more of a stutter as batsmen failed to build on the starts.
MI surprisedIf Mumbai thought this game would be a walk in the park, they were in for a surprise. Firstly, their fielding standards slipped and secondly, Shaun Marsh and Azhar Mahmood came out all guns blazing to propel KXIP to a highly competitive score of 183. This after MI’s Australian import and debutant Nathan Coulter-Nile and Himachal Pradesh's Rishi Dhawan provided early breakthroughs.
Dhawan impressesDhawan bowled his heart out and could have easily ended his home match with three wickets but for two dropped catches in the space of five balls.
Mahmood was dropped by Coulter-Nile at backward fine leg off the first ball of the 14th over and five balls later, Harbhajan failed to take a straightforward catch of Marsh. Kings, at this point, were 108 for 2 and Mahmood (80) and Marsh (63) ensured that MI paid for the mistakes.
Just before Dhawan's over, Mahmood, who had been the more aggressive of the two, took on Lasith Malinga, carting the bowler for a six and three four. As many as 20 runs came off Malinga’s 13th over as KXIP gained momentum. The next six over cost MI 65 runs as the KXIP duo added 148 runs for the third wicket.