Openers Lendl Simmons and Mike Hussey struck commanding fifties to hand Mumbai Indians a resounding 9-wicket win over Sri Lankan outfit Southern Express and keep their team in the hunt for the main draw of the Oppo Champions League Twenty20, here on Sunday.
Unbeaten Jamaica Tallawahs kept their perfect record intact by handing Guyana Amazon Warriors their first defeat, with a narrow four-run victory in the ninth match of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) here.
Andre Fletcher`s second half-century in as many days paired with Sheldon Cottrell`s incisive three-wicket burst, propelled West Indies to a 39-run victory over New Zealand and a share of the two-match Twenty20 series here Sunday.
The way Kings XI Punjab`s Glenn Maxwell started off his campaign in Dubai-leg it seemed as if he would score the first ton of the season. But unluckily he missed his ton on more than three occasions, as he got out on 89, 95, 95, 90.
Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina, who cracked an unbeaten 33-ball 54 to help Chennai Super Kings booked a berth in the second IPL qualifier, credited the bowlers for curtailing Mumbai Indians and setting the tone for the run chase.
As the victory against Kings XI Punjab brought them back in the reckoning for the play-offs, Mumbai Indians opener Lendl Simmons, who single handedly led his side to victory, said they will approach their upcoming games with a positive mind and hope for the best results.
Lendl Simmons stole the thunder with a scintillating 61-ball 100, singlehandedly powering Mumbai Indians to a morale-boosting seven-wicket win over table toppers Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League here tonight.
The West Indian cricketer, Lendl Simmons reached the three-figure mark on Wednesday night. Riding on the blistering knock by the opener, Mumbai Indians comprehensively beat table toppers Kings XI Punjab in the 48th match of League.
Having got a lifeline thanks to their seven-wicket win over Kings XI Punjab here tonight, Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma is keeping his fingers crossed as far as their slim chances of qualifying for the IPL playoffs are concerned.
In a short span of two games, Mumbai Indians` Lendl Simmons has made an impression and the opening batsman says he wants to hit a fifty in every outing to enhance his team`s chances of reaching the IPL play-offs.
Disappointed at their loss against Mumbai Indians, Sunrisers Hyderabad coach Tom Moody said that his team lost the momentum in the middle and fell short by at least 15 runs in their Indian Premier League match here.
Advice under pressure to captain Darren Sammy from his deputy Dwayne Bravo helped craft an uncompromising sixth wicket stand that snatched the momentum away from Pakistan and propelled West Indies into the semi-finals of the World Twenty20 Championship.