IPL 2015: Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by 23 runs at Mohali, Stars and flops

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) seems to have forgotten how to win. Forget repeating the magic of previous season, in the eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), they haven’t even done the basics right. With a defeat in hands of Mumbai Indians (MI) at their own turf, the KXIP side have made their qualification to the play-offs stage a difficult proposition.

Winning the toss and batting first, MI got off to a flying start, courtesy Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons. Their fifties ensured MI got to a total of 172. Once again KXIP’s fielding let them down and Mitchell Johnson, their strike bowler, continued his off form.

Even the batting didn’t click, with Virender Sehwag giving it away in the second over and Glenn Maxwell continued his dismal run. Lot of credit goes to the MI bowlers, who kept it tight and minimised the scoring opportunities.

Turning point: KXIP needed 60 from their last five overs and it wasn’t impossible with David Miller and George Bailey in the crease, but Mitchell McClenaghan bowled a five-run 16th over and in the next over Lasith Malinga gave away only six and picked up the wicket of the dangerous Miller. Those two overs cost Punjab the game.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 172 for 3 in 20 overs [Lendl Simmons 71 (56), Parthiv Patel 59 (36)] bt Kings XI Punjab 149 for 7 in 20 overs [Murali Vijay 39 (34), David Miller 43 (37); Lasith Malinga 4-0-31-2; Harbhajan Singh 4-0-27-1] by 23 runs