Mohali, India, Apr. 25
Rohit Sharma slammed an attractive 50 off 30 balls as Mumbai Indians scored a last-over win against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Sharma led the chase but it took unbeaten cameos from Ambati Rayudu (30) and Robin Peterson (16) to guide Mumbai to 171-6 in 19.5 overs after the home team was restricted to 168-3 at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium.
Rayudu and Peterson took 27 runs off the 19th over bowled by legspinner Piyush Chawla to tilt the scales and help Mumbai avenge its six-wicket loss to Punjab in their previous game at Mumbai three days ago.
For Punjab, stand-in captain David Hussey top-scored with an unbeaten 68.
On Tuesday, Captain Virender Sehwag produced an unbeaten knock of 87 as Delhi Daredevils scored a comfortable eight-wicket victory over Pune Warriors to remain on top of the Indian Premier League.
The hard-hitting opener stroked three sixes and 10 fours off 48 balls as Delhi scored 148-2 in only 16 overs after restricting Pune to 146-2 at Subrata Roy Sahara Stadium.
Delhi thus avenged its 20-run loss to the same side three days ago, and now has 10 points after five wins from seven games. Pune has four wins from eight games.
The other game scheduled for Tuesday — between Kolkata Knight Riders and Deccan Chargers at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata — was abandoned due to rain without a ball being bowled.
The washout gave both teams a point each. Kolkata is now second behind Delhi at nine points with four wins and a no-result from eight games.
Deccan got its first point in six games as it had lost all its first five games.
Delhi lost opener Mahela Jayawardene cheaply as he was run out following a mix-up with Sehwag, but the Delhi skipper made up with an 87-run stand for the second wicket with Kevin Pietersen (27) to put Delhi on course to victory.
Sehwag completed the win in style as he smashed legspinner Rahul Sharma for a four and six off consecutive deliveries.
For Pune, Manish Pandey top-scored with 80 not out while Robin Uthappa chipped in with an unbeaten 60.
Pune failed to find the momentum after the early dismissals of left-handed openers Jesse Ryder and captain Sourav Ganguly before being steadied by Pandey and Uthappa.
Ryder was bowled by Pathan without scoring off a delivery that kept low, while Ganguly scooped one to third man off Morne Morkel after scoring 1.
Pandey and Uthappa were slow to begin with and the scoreboard read an unimpressive 50-2 at the end of 10 overs.
But Pandey, who was the first Indian to score a century in the IPL during the inaugural edition in 2008, opened up with some fine shots down the ground and finished with three sixes and seven fours off 56 balls. Uthappa also batted well for six boundaries off 58 balls.