Chandigarh: Parthiv Patel, Ambati Rayudu and pacers lead Mumbai Indians to 25-run win over Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2016 Match 21 at Mohali on Monday.
Despite scoring a half-century in good time, it was a rather un-Maxwell-like innings, devoid of his usual innovative shots.
First with Shaun Marsh and then with David Miller, Maxwell ensured that KXIP came close. But in the end it was an excellent bowling performance from at the death from Jasprit Bumrah and Mitchell McClenaghan.
In big chasing, Murali Vijay started off on a good note, hitting 19 off 13 balls with 2 fours and 1 six before getting foxed by a Tim Southee slower ball. Manan Vohra was done in by a slower ball from Jasprit Bumrah, falling for 7 off 11 balls.
Both batsmen were caught by Jos Buttler. That united Marsh and Maxwell. The duo added 89 quick runs before Marsh hit one from Southee right into the hands of Ambati Rayudu at square leg. His 45 had come in only 34 balls with 3 fours and 1 six.
With 57 runs needed to win off the last 4 overs, it was going to be tough but not impossible for KXIP, but McClenaghan bowled a terrific over to set the tone for MI.
Despite having a well-set Maxwell and a dangerous Miller in the middle, McClenaghan conceded a mere 6 runs that left KXIP needing 51 off the last 3 overs.
As good an over as that was, Bumrah turned up with an even better one to follow it. The first ball was slower and outside off, and Maxwell inside-edged his attempted slog onto the stumps. Nikhil Kaik was bowled off the penultimate ball of the over with another superb yorker, which meant KXIP had scored only 2 runs and lost 2 wickets in the over.
McClenaghan again came up with a terrific over, bowling Akshar Patel for a duck and Mitchell Johnson for 1 with identical yorkers, though 10 runs were scored off the over as well. It was nowhere near enough, with 39 runs needed off the final over. Bumrah, with 3 for 13 in his first 3 overs, conceded 11 runs off the final over which meant that MI won by 25 runs.
Earlier, Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu shared a 137-run partnership to boost Mumbai Indians to a commanding total of 189 for 6.
Skipper Rohit Sharma was out caught behind for a 2-ball duck by Nikhil Naik off Sandeep Sharma, but Parthiv and Rayudu combined to put on 137 in just over 14 overs to rescue MI. Rayudu was out for a 37-ball 65 which included 4 fours and 4 sixes.
Having hit Axar Patel for 2 back-to-back sixes in the 15th over, Rayudu holed out going for the third. He was caught well by Manan Vohra at cow corner.
Parthiv took a shine to Mitchell Johnson, hitting him for 6 boundaries in the bowler’s first 3 overs. Parthiv should also have been dismissed, though; in Johnson’s second over Parthiv pulled one straight to deep midwicket but the umpires asked him to hang around to check for the no-ball.
However, Johnson had the last laugh when Parthiv tried to go for an upper cut only to offer a catch to Shaun Marsh. Parthiv was dismissed for 81 off 58 balls with 10 fours and 2 sixes.
Mumbai Indians - 189/6 (Patel 81, Rayudu 65, Mohit 3-38)
Kings XI Punjab - 164/7 (Maxwell 56, Marsh 45, Miller 30*, Bumrah 3-26)
Result - Mumbai Indians won by 25 runs