KXIP won by a narrow margin in the end © IANS
KXIP won by a narrow margin in the end © IANS

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) went past a spirited Mumbai Indians (MI) by 18 runs in Match 7 of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015 at Mumbai on Sunday. After George Bailey led KXIP to 177 for five, the bowlers came to the party in comprehensive fashion. Harbhajan Singh nearly took the game away, but fell in the final over as MI went down by 18 runs. With this win, KXIP climb to the fifth spot on the points table, while MI languish at the at the bottom. Updates: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) IPL 2015 Match 7 at Mumbai

Rohit Sharma — on the back of an unbeaten 98 in the first match — lasted all of two balls this time. Rohit scored a two-ball duck, getting out LBW to Sandeep Sharma in the first over of the innings. Sandeep finished with admirable figures of one for 12 in four overs. Aditya Tare could only offer a simple chance to Murali Vijay off Anureet Singh. Mitchell Johnson then cleaned Aaron Finch up for eight as MI were reduced to 17 for three. Scorecard: Mumbai Indians (MI) vs Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) IPL 2015 Match 7 at Mumbai

Corey Anderson was the next to go, stumped off Akshar Patel for 13. Ambati Rayudu hit a couple of boundaries, but his 13 came off 19 deliveries. He was out going for another, edging Johnson behind to Wriddhiman Saha. When Kieron Pollard hit Akshar to David Miller at deep cover for 20 off 21, the match seemed all but lost for MI. IPL 2015 Previews

Harbhajan used his long handle with entertaining effect, and J Suchith pulled Johnson for six as well. Harbhajan was in no mood to give up, launching Anureet for three sixes in a row in the 17th over to give MI some hope. He didn’t stop there, getting the fastest 50 by a MI batsman — off 19 balls — with four fours and five sixes. With Suchith going big at the other end as well, MI looked like pulling off a major upset. The duo added 100 in 39 balls, but in the end there was just far too much for them to do. KXIP kept their calm and managed to win by a narrow margin. IPL 2015: CSK, KKR, RCB, KXIP, MI, RR, SRH, DD full team details in IPL 8

Earlier, Bailey led from the front as KXIP reached 177 for five against MI. Virender Sehwag reminded all and sundry just how dangerous a batsman he still is with a characteristic knock of 36 off 19 balls, but the rest of the batting floundered till Bailey’s late surge. Sehwag and Murali Vijay came out to open the innings and started off a break-neck speed. The duo added 60 in under seven overs, with Sehwag whacking six fours and a six to make the MI bowlers run for cover. He was dismissed holing out to Kieron Pollard off Harbhajan Singh. Glenn Maxwell came in at No. 3 but failed to recreate his magic of IPL 2014, top-edging an attempted slog off Suchith to Ambati Rayudu at midwicket. Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2015 Preview: IPL 7 runners-up will look to continue good form in IPL 8

At 68 for two, Vijay and David Miller needed to consolidate. Unfortunately for KXIP, Vijay got carried away after playing some good shots and pulled Harbhajan to Suchith. Miller and Bailey chose to take their time after that, building the innings rather than hitting out. However, just when Miller was looking to accelerate he was snapped up by Lasith Malinga for a 23-ball 24. Rishi Dhawan soon followed suit, as KXIP were reduced to 150 for five. Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015: Rohit Sharma’s men approach upcoming season with renewed vigour to regain lost glory

Bailey then took charge, essaying the role Maxwell and Miller are used to playing for KXIP. He made his highest IPL score and his maiden IPL half-century. Bailey was calm as ever, but played some massive shots as well. His smile never left his face, as he treated the pacers with disdain to go big over the leg-side arc. IPL 2015 schedule: IPL 8 match time table with venue details

Earlier, Rohit Sharma won the toss and decided MI would field against KXIP. Both teams made changes to their sides from their respective first games, with KXIP bringing in Rishi Dhawan for Karanveer Singh, and MI opting for Pawan Suyal and J Suchith ahead of Pragyan Ojha and Jasprit Bumrah. Indian Premier League (IPL) 2015: Complete coverage

Brief scores:

Kings XI Punjab 177 for 5 in 20 overs (George Bailey 61*; Harbhajan Singh 2 for 20) beat Mumbai Indians (Harbhajan Singh 64; Anureet Singh 2 for 41, Mitchell Johnson 2 for 23, Akshar Patel 2 for 30) by runs.

Man of the Match: George Bailey.

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(Shiamak Unwalla, a reporter with CricketCountry, is a self-confessed Sci-Fi geek and Cricket fanatic. His Twitter handle is @ShiamakUnwalla)