Mumbai leave it late to overcome Kings XI

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A phenomenal late dash for the winning line by Ambati Rayudu and Robin Peterson saw Mumbai clinch a last-over thriller against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

A phenomenal late dash for the winning line by Ambati Rayudu and Robin Peterson saw Mumbai clinch a last-over thriller against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

The Indians went into the final two overs requiring 32 to win with four wickets in hand, and duly pulled it off with just one ball to spare.

Crucially Rayudu and Peterson took 27 off the penultimate over, bowled by Piyush Chawla, before overhauling Kings XI's 168 for three to win by four wickets.

A batting blitz from David Hussey and some peculiar bowling choices by Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh saw the Kings XI Punjab reach a formidable total at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali after they had won the toss and elected to bat.

Refusing to bowl New Zealand seamer James Franklin and South Africa spinner Peterson, who conceded a mere eight runs between them, for anything more than one over each, Harbhajan instead insisted on Mumbai's homegrown talent.

Harbhajan, Munaf Patel and RP Singh proved entirely costly, as did West Indian medium-pacer Kieron Pollard as Hussey tucked into an unbeaten 68 from just 40 balls, four fours and as many sixes included.

Proteas left-hander David Miller afforded the Australian batsman good support, weighing in with a hefty 34 not out from a mere 17 deliveries.

Sachin Tendulkar (34) anchored the Mumbai reply and Rohit Sharma struck a classy, 30-ball 50, but with the Kings XI claiming regular wickets the visitors struggled to keep pace with the asking rate.

When Harbhajan was out for a duck to leave his side 135 for six in the 18th over it looked as though the home side would squeeze to victory.

But a series of cheeky reverse hits from Peterson and a couple of lofty blows from Rayudu turned the game on its head.

Chawla was left to hang his head in shame, while Rayudu finishes 34 not out from 17 balls and Peterson 16 not out from seven deliveries as Mumbai claimed their fourth win of the tournament.

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