23.37 (IST): Mumbai have moved to the 5th spot but still need to win their remaining two games to stand a chance to make it to the playoffs. Tomorrow (Thursday) will be a double-header with Kolkata Knight Riders taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings hosting Sunrisers Hyderabad. While Chennai are already through, the remaining three are still fighting it out for a spot in the playoffs. A fascinating day beholds us all but that's all for now. Good night!
23.32 (IST): Mumbai Indians have kept their campaign alive and kicking with this massive win. This is how the points table is after this game:
23.27 (IST): Man-of-the-match Lendl Simmons: I would like to thank Mumbai for giving me a chance to come play for them. It was a very good track and the ball was coming on nicely. The slog-sweep that I played of the spinner, I enjoyed it a lot.
23.25 (IST): Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma: This is the potential that we have got. I have spoken many times about the character of this team. We have been working on all possibilities from the last two days but it is important to win the remaining two games first. The first 5 games that we played in Dubai, things didn't work out. When played at the Wankhede everything started to fall into place
23.20 (IST): Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey: We lost wickets in the middle. Phenomenal innings from Lendl. We were 10 or 15 runs short. We were completely outplayed. We would have liked to chase. It is important to keep doing the right things. It was good to see Shaun Marsh play well. Mitch is recovering from a niggle, Beuran got a chance as well. Momentum is very important. We still took it to the last over. It was okay.
23.15 (IST): Lendl Simmons' 100 (61 balls) guides MI to 7-wickets win over KXIP to keep playoff hopes alive . This win helps Mumbai Indians take the 5th spot in the points table with 10 points and keep their playoff chances alive.
23.13 (IST): Century for Lendl Simmons! Simmons slams 1st century of IPL 7, off 61 balls. Mumbai Indians 153/3, 18.5 overs vs Kings Punjab
23.08 (IST): OUT! Rohit (18) is gone, caught by Sandeep, off Hendricks (MI 148/3, 17.2 overs)
23.01 (IST): MI reach 142/2 (16 overs), need just 15 runs to win off 24 balls vs KXIP
22.54 (IST): Fifteen runs come off Sandeep Sharma's over as Simmons moves into the 90s. They now need just 24 runs to win off 30 balls. (MI 132/2, 15 overs)
22.48 (IST): In the middle of the Simmons onslaught, Akshar Patel bowls a good over. Just two from it (MI 113/2, 13 overs)
22.40 (IST): Lendl Simmons (81) is on the verge of scoring an #IPL ton and guiding MI to a crucial win (MI 111/2, 12 overs)
22.30 (IST): Simmons is running away with the game here. He's got 76 off Mumbai's 98 so far (MI 98/1, 10.2 overs)
22.23 (IST): OUT! Here comes the first wicket! Michael Hussey has been foxed by a ball from Akshar Patel. He is gone, bowled for 6 (MI 68/1, 7 overs)
22.12 (IST): Lendl Simmons is leading MI's charge in run-chase vs Punjab. MI have 62 runs on the board in the powerplay overs, of which 50 have come off Simmons' willow. What a tournament he's having.
22.00 (IST): Mumbai openers Simmons and Hussey have started well in their chase vs Punjab (MI 29/0, 3 overs)
21.41 (IST): On the slow and low wicket at Mohali, Mumbai need 157 runs to stay afloat in the tournament. Can Lendl Simmons give them the start they'd like?
21.33 (IST): KXIP post 156/8 in 20 overs vs MI. Manan Vohra (36 off 34 balls), Shaun Marsh (30 off 17 balls) and Bailey (39 off 30 balls) guide Punjab to a challenging total on a slow wicket at Mohali.
21.32 (IST): Jasprit Bumrah picks up another one as Beuran Hendricks fails to read his slower one and is cleaned up.
21.30 (IST): OUT! Bailey (39 off 30) is gone, caught by Rayudu off Bumrah (KXIP 154/7, 19.3 overs)
21.27 (IST): SIX! Bailey finishes Santokie's over with a six over deep square leg. (KXIP 147/6, 19 overs)
21.25 (IST): Cheeky from Rishi Dhawan there! He walks across and scoops Santokie for four at fine leg fence.
21.24 (IST): Punjab have gone from the 86/1 in 9 overs to 133/6 in 18 overs. Bailey ( 24 off 24 balls) holds the key for his side in the final two overs.
21.12 (IST): Retirement? What's that? Sachin Tendulkar was seen taking a few catches in practice ahead of the match.
21.05 (IST): That effort from Rayudu would have pleased a certain South African in their support staff
21.03 (IST):Â OUT! Ambati Rayudu's direct hit from mid-on sends Wriddhiman Saha (3) packing! (KXIP 105/5, 14.3 overs)
20.58 (IST): Good spell of leg-spin bowling from Shreyas Gopal. He finishes with figures of 2/32, picking up the all-important wicket of Maxwell.
20.52 (IST): BIG, BIG WICKET! Glenn Maxwell, believe it or not, has beenÂ dismissed cheaply! He goes for two, caught and bowled by the young leggie Shreyas Gopal who is understandably ecstatic! Punjab's early flourish has been derailed by a flurry of wickets (KXIP 93/4, 11 overs)
20.49 (IST): Another wicket! Manan Vohra is gone now, bowled by S Gopal. (KXIP 92/3 in 10.4 overs)
20.45 (IST): That wicket brings out Glenn Maxwell, much to the cheer of the Mohali crowd!
20.43 (IST): OUT! Shaun Marsh's cameo (30 off 17 balls) comes to an end. He goes after Santokie but fails to clear Pollard at deep mid-wicket. (KXIP 87/2, 9.2 overs)
20.39 (IST): Marsh gets a four and six off S Gopal to round off another expensive over. Kings XI Punjab are cruising, like always! (KXIP 85/1, 9 overs)
20.37 (IST): Pragyan Ojha's miseries continue as Marsh hits back-to-back fours (KXIP 71/1, 8 overs)
20.32 (IST): Kings XI Punjab have posted the top three highest team totals of the tournament so far. Can they post another one today?
20.26 (IST): SIX! Shaun Marsh finishes Ojha's over with a heave over deep midwicket. 14 runs from it (KXIP 48/1, 6 overs)
20.25 (IST): SIX! Pragyan Ojha starts off with a short delivery and Mana Vohra slams a six over mid on. (KXIP 40/1, 5.1 overs)
20.23 (IST): Praveen Kumar has comeback well after his first over where he conceded 11 runs. His third over fetches just one run off the final ball. (KXIP 34/1, 5 overs)
20.12 (IST): Oh dear! What has Sehwag done there! He was looking menacingly good for the few shots he played in the first two overs but a poor call has ended his cameo prematurely! He is run out for 17 in the third over as Praveen Kumar managed to get a direct hit and catch him short of the crease at the non-striker's end. (KXIP 23/1, 2.1 overs)
20.02 (IST): Classic Sehwag! He starts off with a four and a six off the first two balls from Praveen Kumar! First a four through the offside and then a heave over extra cover. (KXIP 11/0 in 1 over)
19.50 (IST): This is how the points table looks at the moment:
19.38 (IST): As things stand, Mumbai Indians need to win all their remaining three fixtures to stand a chance to make playoffs. Their opponents for today, Kings XI Punjab, are already through.
19.32 (IST): Mumbai Indians win toss, elect to field vs Kings XI Punjab in a must-win fixture. Mumbai pick Praveen Kumar for injured Harbhajan Singh while Punjab include Shaun Marsh for David Miller.
On a roll after notching up nine victories to qualify for the play-off stage, Kings XI Punjab would look to continue their winning momentum when they take on struggling Mumbai Indians in their first Indian Premier League-7 match at their home ground today.
Punjab have been riding high on confidence after steamrolling almost every other side they have played against and one more victory on Wednesday in front of their home crowd will put themselves in the commanding position as the IPL-7 heads towards the business end.
While Glenn Maxwell, the orange-cap holder with a mammoth 531 runs, has been the side's star performer, young Punjab players like Sandeep Sharma and Manan Vohra in the batting department and Akshar Patel in the bowling department have also shown great maturity in pressure situations.
Defending champions Mumbai have had a disastrous campaign and need to win their remaining three matches to keep alive their hopes of making it to the knock-out stage. Mumbai camp will be boosted by the fact that they are one of only two teams to beat Punjab this season. (Read more)
Each Win Motivates Punjab Further: George Bailey
Kings XI Punjab skipper George Bailey feels every win is vital as it increases confidence and self belief among the players going into the business end of the tournament. Bailey said they would like to keep the winning momentum going into the knock-out stages of the T20 league. "I think what you get from winning is confidence and self belief. They are really two important things in this format of the game," Bailey said.
"Momentum is certainly very important. Having said that once you get to the finals, it cancels everything. You start from the scratch," he added. (Read more)
Kings XI Punjab, the Unique Chase Masters of IPL 7
In modern cricket, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Virat Kohli and George Bailey are regarded as the best chasers of the game. They are regarded as cool, calculated and devastating in the death overs and never burdened by targets. But in the Indian Premier League, Kings XI Punjab will be regarded as the best chasers as a 'team'. Monday's four-wicket win against Delhi Daredevils at Feroz Shah Kotla was a classic example of how Kings XI Punjab held their nerves and chased down Delhi's 164 for 7 with just two balls to spare. (Read more)