Stoinis stars as Kings XI claim Mumbai scalp


The Kings XI Punjab moved off the bottom of the Indian Premier League table with an emphatic seven-wicket victory over the Mumbai Indians on Friday.

Chasing a modest target of 125, the Kings XI lost Hashim Amla for a duck in the first over of the innings when the South African was lbw to seamer Tim Southee.

However, captain Murali Vijay and Wriddhiman Saha steadied the ship and calmed a lot nerves as they put on 116 for second wicket to virtually put the game beyond doubt.

Saha top-scored with 56 while Vijay batted through until the end to be 54 not out as his team won with three overs to spare.

Earlier, the Mumbai Indians put in a disappointing performance with the bat after their skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to take first strike, only reaching 124 for nine in their 20 overs.

The team in blue were trouble early and lost wickets at regular intervals to be 61 for five in the 14th over, with no individuals putting up a good enough fight.

The Kings XI bowlers put in a disciplined performance with the ball and none more so than Australian Marcus Stoinis who finished with excellent figures of four for 15 in four overs.

In among those four scalps for Stoinis was the big wickets of Kieron Pollard (27), who top-scored for his side, and Jos Buttler (9).