Mohit has last laugh as Kings XI beat Mumbai by 7 runs

Mohit has last laugh as Kings XI beat Mumbai by 7 runs

Mohit has last laugh as Kings XI beat Mumbai by 7 runs

Was it the right choice?

KKR will seal the qualification if they manage to beat Mumbai Indians, but if they do not, they should hope that other results go in their favour.

Kings XI promoted Wriddhiman Saha to exploit the fielding restrictions.

New Zealander Martin Guptill has threatened a couple of times this IPL and against Mumbai, he looked ominous.

The West Indian nearly outshone Saha, but the India international's effort was ultimately a match-winner.

As the old adage goes, "catches win matches".

Only Kings XI's top five were needed to bat.

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This season: Mumbai cruised past Kings XI's 198 with eight wickets in hand and 27 balls to spare in the previous encounter between the two teams in Indore.

MI were provided an ideal 99-run start in 52 balls for the first wicket by Lendl Simmons (5x4, 4x6) and Parthiv Patel (38, 23b, 7x4), before Parthiv departed. 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. It was Kieron Pollard and Hardik Pandya who built the innings and made themselves to reach the target soon.

KXIP's win gave them two vital points and kept them in the running for a play-off spot, though they have to win their last match as well against Rising Pune Supergiant to make the cut.

That's the game gone in previous generations, even previous IPL editions. The duo put on 68 runs with Guptill (5x4, 1x6) doing most of the damage in his 18-ball stay at the crease. Fatigue, possibly the only hindrance to hitting nowadays, was beginning to influence the game, though. "Pollard was batting well, but he was exhausted", Saha said.

A low full toss from Maxwell in the 10th over was sent high towards the long-on boundary by Simmons (59).

Mohit Sharma executed five yorkers in the final over, and conceded two runs off those. Even when we were batting, they bowled well in the death and we couldn't hit that well, we were also exhausted. Today the game was at a crucial moment when you took Hardik's catch. We keep improving. We had a dismal performance against Sunrisers, but we bounced back very well here. We played fearless cricket. And we fought. There's no need to panic, we keep our heads high, we've qualified, the first step in any tournament is to qualify.

While Saha's brilliance with the bat was a little unexpected, given his tournament to date, we have grown to expect enormous feats of skill with the gloves from him and this match was no exception. Once you're in the middle, the pressure is not as hard as actually watching it. For me, I was in the middle and it was pretty easy.

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