Put in a decent show in the death overs and there's always a chance of winning a Twenty20 mach. So it was when Mumbai Indians hosted Kings XI Punjab at Wankhede Stadium on Monday (April 29), where Mumbai won by four runs in a match that got too close for comfort towards the end.
Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai captain, was at the root of Mumbai's batting effort, clubbing a 39-ball 79. Of those runs 26 came in the final over, bowled by David Hussey, who played the role of Punjab captain after Adam Gilchrist dropped himself. That over proved to be the difference as Mumbai sealed their sixth win in the Pepsi Indian Premier League 2013.
Having opted to bat, Mumbai were under pressure early on with Praveen Kumar and Parvinder Awana keeping things tight. Sachin Tendulkar (9) was bowled by Praveen as Punjab claimed the early advantage, but Dinesh Karthik, Mumbai's in-form player, set about reviving the innings with some big shots, attempting to counter the dipping scoring rate.