May 13, 2016
By MI Media
Our second game at the new home did not change the misfortunes of the first. The defeat in the previous game at this ground was still lingering in the minds of our players before they took on the bottom placed Kings XI Punjab. Rohit Sharma once again won the toss but surprised everyone with his decision to bat first.
The decision backfired as our team made one of the slowest starts to the innings and could just manage 21 runs at the loss of 2 wickets at the end of 6 overs. Despite not having a decent total on the board, after the powerplay, the hopes hadn't died as Rohit Sharma was still holding one end. He tried to build a partnership with Nitish Rana who was hitting the ball well. Our hopes went down when we lost our captain in the 9th over. Nitish Rana followed the suite and was caught behind the wicket. Krunal Pandya and Kieron Pollard infused some life into the innings with some lusty blows. It was Marcus Stoinis who stomped this flurry by picking up Krunal and Pollard in the same over to finish with figures of 4-15 and restrict MI to a score of 124/9.
The only way we had a chance of winning this game was by picking up regular wickets. The start was hopeful with Tim Southee getting the dangerous Hashim Amla in the very first over. The skipper, Murli Vijay, calmed the nerves and he steadied the ship along with Wriddhiman Saha. The two batted sensibly and took the match slowly and steadily away from us. They made sure they did not lose wickets and kept the scoreboard ticking at the same time. Saha and Vijay put on a century partnership and got KXIP to the doorsteps of victory. Saha departed when he chopped a bouncer on to his stumps leaving Vijay to complete the task. Vijay stayed till the end and guided his team home to register a 7 wicket win.