Speedster Lasith Malinga captured four wickets, including three in four balls, to help Mumbai Indians dismiss Kings XI Punjab for 163 in their Indian Premier League match at the Brabourne Stadium here today.
The Sri Lanka pacer with a sling-on action swung the ball at good speed to unsettle the rival batsmen and returned superb figures of 4 for 22, which left Kings XI in tatters after they were asked to take first strike.
He was given splendid support by fellow paceman Zaheer Khan (3 for 34) and Harbhajan Singh who bowled the middle overs economically and also took two catches, one of them a superb running and tumbling effort.
Malinga, who was egged on by the capacity crowd, fired out Irfan Pathan (18) and top-scorer Shaun Marsh (57 in 47 balls) off the fifth and last balls of his third over to be on a hat-trick.
Karan Goel prevented the Lanka bowler from achieving the feat but was bowled off the second ball in Malinga's fourth and final over that left the visiting team tottering at 133 for eight in the 18th over. Some late order hitting by Piyush Chawla (22) helped the visitors cross the 160 mark.
Earlier in the innings, Malinga had got rid off Manvinder Bisla to break the second wicket partnership with Marsh after Zaheer gave Mumbai a flying start by dismissing in-form opener Ravi Bopara with his second ball in the second over of the innings.
The visiting team's batting came unstuck totally and barring Marsh's half-century that contained a six and six fours, it was in complete disarray.
Bopara's early dismissal dealt a big blow for Punjab who came into the tie with five defeats in six matches and were put in to bat by Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar.
Australian Marsh, playing his first match in place of regular captain Kumar Sangakkara who is serving a one-match ban for his bowlers' tardy over-rate in three previous ties, looked in good touch.
Marsh, highest run-getter in the inaugural edition, was in his elements from the first ball he faced after opening the
innings with Bopara.
Mumbai Indians captain Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and asked Kings XI Punjab to bat first in an Indian Premier League match here today.
Stand-in skipper Mahela Jayawardene leads the Punjab side which brought in Australian Shaun Marsh in place of regular captain Kumar Sangakkara, who is serving a one-match ban for the side's repeated slow over-rate offence.
Mumbai Indians team
S Tendulkar, S Dhawan, SS Tiwary, R Sathish, AT Rayudu, DJ Bravo, KA Pollard, R McLaren, Harbhajan Singh, Z Khan, SL Malinga
Kings XI Punjab team
SE Marsh, RS Bopara, MS Bisla, Yuvraj Singh, DPMD Jayawardene, IK Pathan, K Goel, PP Chawla, SJ Srivastava, B Lee, VS Malik