An excellent opening partnership of 111 runs by Lendl Simmons and Parthiv Patel secured a 23 run victory for Mumbai Indians against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Mumbai got off to a decent start as the opening batsmen, Simmons and Patel brought up the half century in the sixth over. The pair looked in exceptional form as they played some remarkable shots to keep the runs flowing.
Patel reached his half century in the 11th over as the away side extended their tally to 102 runs. Simmons was in perfect nick to bring up his half century in the 12th over, but a brilliant spell by Patel came to an end as he was caught at deep square leg for 59 runs. Mumbai lost two more wickets in the last two overs; those of Rohit Sharma for 26 and a dangerous Simmons for 71 as they set a target of 173 runs.
Punjab got their run chase off to a dreadful start as Lasith Malinga made light work of Virender Sehwag in the second over. A fidgeting Glenn Maxwell followed when he was caught for 12 by Vinay Kumar of a Jagadeesha Suchith delivery. With the hosts in dire need of runs, Harbhajan Singh removed Murali Vijay for 39 in the 11th over to end a crucial partnership.
Lasith Malinga dismissed David Miller in the 17th over for 43 and George Bailey followed as he was run out in the 19th over as the game ended with Mumbai winning by 23 runs.