Wriddhiman Saha (Left) and Murali Vijay were in excellent touch today © AFP
Wriddhiman Saha (Left) and Murali Vijay were in excellent touch today © AFP

It was a match the Mumbai Indians (MI) would have wanted to win in order to get a step closer to the playoffs, but Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) had other plans as they put in a professional performance to win the match by nine wickets. More importantly, KXIP are now off the bottom of the IPL 2016 points table, moving up to No. 7 just above Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS). KXIP managed to restrict MI to just 124, courtesy of four wickets from all-rounder Marcus Stoinis. Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha then got their team home without any trouble. KXIP still have a mathematical chance of making it to the playoffs, although that is unlikely to happen. Here are some of the highlights of the match. Full Cricket Scorecard: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 43 at Visakhapatnam

Marcus Stoinis’ four-wicket haul: Stoinis continued his impressive run in this editon of IPL by picking up four wickets for just 15 runs in his four overs. His wickets included  Nitish Rana, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, and Krunal Pandya. Pollard and Pandya were dismissed off consecutive deliveries, which knocked the stuffing out of MI’s batting as the duo were going for the big ones at that stage. Full Cricket Updates: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2016 Match 43 at Visakhapatnam

Sharmas’ day out: Sandeep and Mohit had 31 dot balls between them off their eight overs. They gave away just 37 runs and also picked up four wickets between them. The bowlers has an excellent day and never let any MI batsman settle.

Hashim Amla’s wicket gives MI hope: Amla was dismissed for a five-ball duck, trapped in front by Tim Southee. In his three innings so far he has scored 1, 21, and 0. KXIP will need much more from Amla, who has heaps of experience playing at the highest level.

Glenn Maxwell’s abysmal short selection: Maxwell had a chance to get his confidence back by just knocking the ball around and take his team home with KXIP needing just eight to win from 26 balls. However, Maxwell looked to clear mid on, but in turn ended up playing it to Pollard instead.

Murali Vijay, Wriddhiman Saha seal the deal: Vijay and Saha put on 116 for the second wicket, which set up the match beautifully for KXIP. With only 8 runs to win and 26 balls still in hand, Saha unfortunately chopped on for 40-ball 56, but Vijay remained unbeaten on 54 off 52 balls to see KXIP home.

(Pramod Ananth is a reporter at CricketCountry. He has represented Karnataka table tennis under-15, and is a hardcore supporter of Liverpool FC. His Twitter handle is @pramz)