The Mumbai Indians finally got a tick in the win column at this year's IPL, beating table-topping Kings XI Punjab in exciting fashion at the Wankhede Stadium, their fortress where they were unbeaten last year.
The KXIP outfit recorded 168 for five in their 20 overs, thanks to a half century from Wriddhiman Saha, while Glenn Maxwell added to his impressive run tally too, against his former team. Mumbai then responded with 170 for five, with five balls to spare.
The Punjab side won the toss and opted to bat first, with Mumbai needing to break their losing streak at a ground they were unbeatable at last season. The visitors lost an early wicket to make life tough.
Virender Sehwag was out in the third over for one, and Cheteshwar Pujara departed for 19, leaving Saha (59 not out) and Maxwell to go all the work for much of the knock. Pujara had played some lovely cover drives in his knock, but was unable to kick on.
Maxwell was by far the more productive of the pair, and while Saha made a half ton, his knock was frustrating to watch for the first three quarters. The Australia all-rounder's 45 came off just 27 balls.
Ben Dunk was the man to remove his countryman, an easy catch on the ropes, but he also took a cracking catch late in the knock. He had to dive forward, towards the ball, to remove David Miller for 16 in the final over.
A worry for Mumbai now is the fitness of Zaheer Khan, who was impressive until he had to leave the field in the 29th over, seemingly pulling a muscle in his arm pit area upon delivery. The over was completed by Kieron Pollard, and went for 20.
The chase was a measured one from Mumbai, despite the loss of early wickets. They were two down for 23 when Dunk and Ambhati Rayudu fell for single figures, but Rohit Sharma, Corey Anderson and Pollard saved the knock.
Chidhambaram Gautam was also impressive early on, scoring 33 as he and Rohit set about steadying the ship. The pair pushed the score to 70 in the 10th over before Gautam was trapped LBW by Rishi Dhawan.
While Rohit and Anderson took the team close, they departed before the job was done, and it looked like the Punjab side would keep their winning run going when the required rate neared 14. But then Pollard arrived.
The West Indies all-rounder was excellent at the death, and Mitchell Johnson was reduced to medium pace as he went for 20 runs in the 19th over. As such, Mumbai needed just five off the last, and Pollard smashed a six to quickly end the game.