Lendl Simmons century help MI defeat KXIP in IPL 7
Lendl Simmons’ scintillating 61-ball 100 powered Mumbai Indians to a mesmerizing seven-wicket win over table toppers Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League in Mohali on Wednesday. Simmons smashed 14 fours and two sixes during his unbeaten knock as the visitors chased down the target of 157 with an over to spare. Simmons’ knock was the first three figure score in this edition of IPL. This was MI’s fifth win in 11 matches. Simmons’ launched the attack on the bowlers right from the beginning, with Shivam Sharma and Rishi Dhawan being smashed for 19 and 17 runs respectively in their first two overs. Mike Hussey got dismissed early on in the innings scoring just 6 runs. Later Simmons added 43 runs with Ambati Rayudu (17) before the batsman got out. Skipper Rohit Sharma (18) joined the explosive West Indian batsman to almost guide the team for victory before getting out off a delivery by Beuran Hendricks caught by Virender Sehwag. Later, Kieron Pollard hit a six, after Simmons reached his century with a flick, to finish off the game. Earlier, Kings XI Punjab recovered from a middle-order collapse to post a challenging 156 for eight. Skipper George Bailey top-scored with 39 while Manan Vohra and Shaun Marsh contributed 36 and 30 respectively at the PCA stadium. Having chosen to bat first, Kings XI Punjab were strongly placed at 90 for two after the first 10 overs. But later lost their way after that before Bailey anchored the innings with some calculative batting. Virender Sehwag hit a couple of huge sixes before being run out at the non strikers end by Praveen Kumar. Shaun Marsh, in the season’s first appearance, raced to 30 off just 17 balls. After losing wickets in the middle order, Bailey then added 38 runs in just 3.2 overs with Rishi Dhawan, who hit a couple of fours in his nine-ball 14, to help KXIP’s cause. For Mumbai Indians, Jasprit Bumrah (2/31) and Shreyas Gopal (2/32) were the most successful bowlers. This win would keep MI’s dream alive to qualify for the playoffs.