An 89-run stand between Glenn Maxwell and Shaun Marsh proved to be in vain as Kings XI Punjab slumped to their fifth defeat of the IPL campaign against the Mumbai Indians.
Marsh and Maxwell came to the crease with the visitors struggling at 2-32 after Mumbai had posted an imposing 6-189 thanks largely to Parthiv Patel (81) and Ambati Rayundu (65) putting on 136 for the second wicket.
The Kings XI’s response got off to a woeful start with Murali Vijay (19) and Man Vohra (7) departing early.
But Marsh and Maxwell rebuilt the innings before the West Australian departed for 45 from 34 balls after flicking a Tim Southee delivery to Ambati Rayudu at deep mid-wicket.
Maxwell was joined by David Miller at the crease and the South African immediately went on the attack by hitting Kieron Pollard for 10 off the first four ball he faced.
However, Maxwell’s excellent innings was brought to an end when he dragged a Jasprit Bumrah delivery onto his own stumps and departed for 56 from 39 balls.
His departure was the death knell for the Kings’ hopes of victory as the next three wickets fell for just 13 runs with Mitchell Johnson, who had taken 1-43 from his four overs, bowled for a duck by Mitchell McClenaghan.
Miller (30no) clumped a consolation six in the last over but his side finished 25-runs short at 7-164.
The result leaves Kings XI Punjab at the foot of the IPL ladder.
the defeat compounded a bad day for the Marsh and Maxwell who were earlier found guilty of showing dissent during the Kings XI’s loss to Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday.
Maxwell was fined 25 per cent of his match fee and Marsh reprimanded.