After scoring a healthy 172 for three in 20 overs, Mumbai Indians restricted an out-of-sorts KXIP for 149 for seven in their home ground in front of packed stands as it may well be curtains for last year's finalists.
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Senior pros Lasith Malinga (2/31) and Harbhajan Singh (1/27) led a disciplined bowling attack and were complemented well by Mitchell McClenaghan (0/25 in 4 overs) and R Vinay Kumar (0/17 in 3 overs) who also kept the KXIP batsman under check.
Once David Miller (43) was snapped by Rohit Sharma off Malinga in the 17th over, the match was as good as over for the KXIP. Miller's 37 ball innings had three fours and a six. Murali Vijay (39) also tried his bit before being holed out by Unmukt Chand off Harbhajan in the deep.
However it was failure of Virender Sehwag (2) and Glenn Maxwell (12) that hurt KXIP badly. Sehwag was again done in by a fuller delivery by Malinga to which he closed his bat face and Pollard at point took simplest of catches.
Skipper George Bailey also looked completely out of sorts during his 18-ball-21 as he struggled to hit the big shots and was eventuallyrun-out.
Earlier, a 111-run opening stand between Parthiv Patel (59) and Lendl Simmons (71) ensured a total of 172 for 3 for Mumbai Indians after Rohit Sharma opted to bat against KXIP.
However MI's total seemed to be 20 runs short as they managed only 76 runs in the back 10 after Parthiv and Simmons had added 96 in the first 10 overs.
Top-scorer Simmons' 71 came off 56 balls that included nine boundaries and a six. He fell in the last over when Axar Patel caught him in the deep off Anureet Singh's bowling.