Cricket

Patel, Simmons lift Mumbai

2015-05-04 06:27

PARTHIV Patel and Lendl Simmons shared in a 111-run stand to lead the Mumbai Indians to a 23-run win over the Kings XI Punjab in their Indian Premier League match at the PCA Cricket Stadium in Mohali yesterday.

Patel and Simmons’s opening partnership saw Mumbai post 172 for three after winning the toss and electing to bat.

Punjab could only muster 149 for seven in reply with paceman Lasith Malinga capturing 2-31.

Patel weighed in with 59 off 36 balls with five fours and three sixes while Simmons was in wonderful form as he contributed 71 off 56 deliveries with nine fours and a six.

Simmons was initially the more aggressive of the pair and he struck two fours off the first three balls of the match.

But his opening partner was soon into his stride and Mitchell Johnson’s first over produced 18 runs as Patel struck a six and two fours.

Johnson suffered at the hands of Simmons and Patel as he conceded 30 runs off his first two overs.

The left-handed Patel brought up his 50 off 32 balls with five fours and two sixes and he was soon followed by Simmons, who raised his half-century off 38 deliveries with seven fours.

Patel’s fine innings was ended when he tried for one big hit too many and was caught at deep square leg off the bowling of legspinner ­Karanveer Singh.

Simmons and Rohit Sharma (26) then took up the challenge as their second-wicket stand produced 43 runs.

But Sharma’s knock was ended in the 18th over when he hoiked a Johnson delivery to Anureet Singh at deep mid-wicket.

Simmons’s fine innings was finally ended in the last over when he picked out the deep square-leg fielder off the bowling of seamer Anureet. Kieron Pollard ended on seven not out.

Karanveer ended with 1-30 while Johnson finished with 1-41 off four overs. Anureet claimed 1-30.

Punjab made a poor start to their run chase as they slipped to 38 for two after the dismissals of the out-of-form pair of Virender Sehwag (2) and Glenn Maxwell (12).

— SuperSport

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