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Parthiv, Rayudu power MI to 189/6

Parthiv Patel top-scored with an enterprising 58-ball 81 to power Mumbai Indians to a competitive 189 for six in their Indian Premier League match against Kings XI Punjab here on Monday.

Invited to bat, Mumbai Indians rode on Patel’s knock, his best in IPL, and Ambati Rayudu’s 65 off 37 balls to record their highest score against Kings XI Punjab in the cash-rich league.

Jos Buttler blazed his way to 23 off 13 balls with the help of three fours and a six. Patel smashed 10 fours and two sixes, while Rayudu hit four boundaries and as many maximums.

The total could have been more had it not been for Mohit Sharma’s brilliant last over in which he conceded just four runs. Mohit was the most successful bowler for KXIP with figures of 3/38, two of them coming in that final over.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians were dealt a body blow in the first over itself with nothing on the board, when medium pacer Sandeep Sharma had skipper Rohit Sharma caught behind by Nikhil Naik with his second delivery.

Patel and Rayudu ensured there was no further setback for the next 15 overs, as they put on 137 runs runs for the second wicket till Rayudu was dismissed by Axar Patel.

Rayudu was lucky to get a life when Axar dropped an absolute sitter at deep midwicket off the bowing of Pardeep Sahu. Rayudu was batting on 33 then. 1st innings report
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