Kings XI Punjab hold on in IPL runfest

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Mumbai, May 11 Mohit Sharma bowled one of best final over under pressure with Kings XI Punjab living to fight another day edging out Mumbai Indians by 7 runs in a high- scoring IPL thriller keeping their play-off chances alive.

Saha stuck an unbeaten 93 in 55 balls to help his team post a mammoth 230 for 3.

Maxwell's 47 contained five sixes, including three off Harbhajan Singh's first over, which cost the fiery Indian 21 runs.

The win took Kings XI Punjab's points tally to 14 from 13 games and they still are in the hunt with a match against Rising Pune Supergiant left.

In the process, Kings XI Punjab notched up season's highest total of 230/3 in their make-or-break penultimate IPL encounter. The visitors' innings was built around four significant partnerships; it was the first time this season that a team's innings had 3 partnerships of 50 or more.

Faced with a big target of 231, the hosts started off well with a 99-run opening stand between Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel. Still, they managed to push KXIP to a commanding total of 230, courtesy a 16-run final over. Just when Patel was looking threatening with another consecutive three boundaries, he was caught at mid-off by Manan Vohra as Mohit made amends for the drop earlier.

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Just as it looked like Simmons had scored a six at long off Guptill made a sensational one-handed catch, timing his jump to perfection. However, MI skipper Rohit and youngster Nitish Rana couldn't score big and were sent to the pavilion soon. When Pandya was dismissed at the start of the seventeenth, it still appeared MI would accomplish the chase - with a well-set Pollard batting at the other end. Displaying his slogging powers, Saha then added 52 for the third wicket in 26 balls with Shaun Marsh (25, 16b, 2x6), before finishing off the innings with an unbeaten 47-run stand for the fourth wicket with Axar Patel (19, 13b, 1x6), who provided the icing of the Kings' cake with a last-ball six off Pandya.

Simmons (59) might have thought he had hit Maxwell for six just a few balls later but Guptill leapt into the air to claim a spectacular grab.

On the bowling front, medium pacer Sandeep Sharma, Mohit Sharma and leg-spinner Rahul Tewatia were brilliant in the last match and they will like to continue their form.

A special mention should go to Jasprit Bumrah, who conceded just 24 runs and took one wicket in his four overs amongst all the chaos.

At times the Kings XI were there own worst enemies with Ishant Sharma falling in his follow through three times before missing a run out opportunity while Maxi himself dropped a catch on the boundary which he palmed for six and had a few more fielding mishaps.

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