Lendl Simmons hammered bowlers all over the park and scored first century of this season to help Mumbai Indians beat Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets.
Mumbai Indians got off to a cracking start courtesy Lendl Simmons flurry of boundaries. He hit 10 4s inside power play to reach his half-century off just 27 balls. Michael Hussey (6) at other end looked contrasting to Simmons and was out to spinner Akshar Patel in 7th over but MI were well poised on 68-1.
Simmons then continued his fireworks and added 43 runs for the 2nd wicket with Ambati Rayudu, before Rayudu (17) was caught at covers off Rishi Dhawan and MI were 111-2 inside 12 overs.
Simmons kept thrashing KXIP bowlers and no one looked like picking his wicket. Captain Rohit Sharma too played couple of strokes before he picked Sandeep Sharma in the deepand was out for 18 off 20 balls.At Rohit Sharma’s departure MI needed only nine runs to win from 16 balls with Simmons batting on 97 and he was approaching the first century of IPL 2014.
Kieron Pollard kept giving strike back to Simmons so as to let him complete his ton. Simmons who carried his bat through finally nudged one for a single and completed his century off 61 balls, his innings included stunning 14 4s and two 6s.Pollard (8*) then hit Shivam Sharma for a six to finish it in style and handed MI a seven wicket win with one over to spare.
Akshar Patel (1-27), Beuran Hendricks (1-33) and Rishi Dhawan (1-30) picked one wicket each.
Earlier, put to bat first Kings XI Punjab after a good start by Manan Vohra and Shaun Marsh lost their way in the middle,but George Bailey’s late surge helped them put a decent score on board. Praveen Kumar was economical of all bowlers picking 1-20 in his four overs. Jasprit Bumrah and Shreyas Gopal were touch expensive but both bagged two wickets each.
With this win Mumbai Indians stay alive and move up to fifth place on the points table.
Man of the Match: Lendl Simmons
Brief Scores: MI 159-3(L. Simmons 100*, A. Patel 1-27) beat KXIP 156-8 (G. Bailey 39, J. Bumrah 2-31) by seven wickets.