The Kings XI Punjab did the Mumbai Indians a huge favour by beating the Rajasthan Royals by 16 runs at Punjab Cricket Association Stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh on Friday. Shaun Marsh scored 40 (35b, 5x4, 1x6) that laid the foundation of their 179/4 in 20 overs.
The defeat has made Sunday’s game between MI and RR in Mumbai a virtual knockout clash. David Miller and skipper George Bailey ended the innings with a flourish, notching up 20-ball 29* and 18-ball 26*, respectively.
The Royals, meanwhile, lacked any flair in the chase, ending up with 163/8. Akshar Patel picked up 3/24. Brief scores: Kings XI Punjab 179/4 in 20 overs (S Marsh 40, D Miller 29*, W Saha 27, G Bailey 26*) bt Rajasthan Royals 163/8 (B Hodge 31, S Samson 30; A Patel 3/24) by 16 runs