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Mumbai Indians owner Nita Ambani and 'Team Icon' Sachin Tendulkar wave to the crowd before the match against Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede Stadium © PTI

 

Mumbai Indians (MI) won their first match in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 after a five-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on May 3. Mumbai stopped a five-match losing run at Wankhede Stadium against Punjab, who had won five in-a-row prior to the match. Mumbai chased down a 169-run target in 19.1 overs. With five runs required to win off the last over, Kieron Pollard smashed a six on the first delivery over long-off to seal the victory. Pollard finished with an unbeaten 28. CM Gautam scored 33, while Rohit Sharma top-score with 39. Corey Anderson struck a quick 35.

 

Sandeep Sharma was the pick of the bowlers as he took two early wickets in the Mumbai Indians innings. Rishi Dhawan also took two wickets. With the win, Mumbai got their first points in IPL 7. They still remain in eight and last position in the IPL 7 Points Table. Punjab fell to second position with the loss behind Chennai Super Kings on net run-rate.

 

Earlier, Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey won the toss and elected to bat. Punjab posted a challenging 168 for five in their 20 overs. Saha top-scored with an unbeaten 59 off 47 deliveries with four fours and three sixes. Glenn Maxwell struck a 27-ball 45 with five fours and two sixes. Harbhajan Singh took two wickets for 34 deliveries. Anderson and Lasith Malinga took one wicket-each. Zaheer Khan injured his shoulder while bowling the 19th over of the innings.