The Mumbai Indians recorded their third win in a row and continued climbing up the IPL table as they defeated the Kings XI Punjab by 23 runs at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium  today. For the Kings XI, the defeat all but ends their hopes in this year’s IPL as they lie at the bottom of the table having won just 2 games out of their 9.

Parthiv Patel and Lendl Simmons laid the foundation for the Mumbai Indians as they added 111 for the first wicket in just 12.2 overs. Parthiv was in brilliant touch and was particularly severe on Mitchell Johnson, taking 28 runs from his first two overs. Parthiv’s innings included a ramp over third man for six and some glorious cover drives and a flick. He was eventually dismissed for a well-made 59- his sixth IPL 50. It has been written on these pages before but at the risk of repeating, it must be stated that on current form Lendl Simmons is Mumbai Indians best batsman. Today too he scored a very good 71, an innings which had some classy strokes, particularly on the onside. At one stage the Mumbai Indians looked like they would cross 200 but the Kings XI bowlers finished the innings well. Rohit Sharma and Pollard could not get going and the Mumbai Indians ended up with 172.

In reply, the Kings XI Punjab’s innings had a familiar story- which has been seen in almost all their games this season. Sehwag fell early and Maxwell, brought back in the team, failed again. Murali Vijay played some gorgeous strokes but could not produce the big innings required to chase down the target. Miller and Bailey tried to revive the innings but accurate Mumbai bowling ensured that the required run rate kept climbing. Kings XI needed a 100 of the last ten overs but never appeared to be in the chase and limped to 149/7.Miller made 43 from 37 deliveries and while he as there, the Kings XI had hope but his dismissal virtually ended the game.

Mumbai now are back in the races for the play off place but Kings XI, barring a miracle, are now out of this year’s IPL.