Chawla, Pathan restrict Mumbai Indians to 154 for 9

Chawla, Pathan restrict Mumbai Indians to 154 for 9

Chawla, Pathan restrict Mumbai Indians to 154 for 9

Kings XI Punjab's Brett Lee and Mumbai Indians' Sachin Tendulkar (L) during their Indian Premier League-3 match in Mohali on Friday. PTI

Opting to bat first, the Mumbai outfit showed rare batting frailty and lost wickets at regular intervals before useful cameos from JP Duminy (35), Ambati Rayudu (33) and skipper Sachin Tendulkar (29) guided them to a modest total.

Kings XI Punjab, already out of semifinal contention, effected as many as five changes in their playing XI but it was splendid bowling by Chawla (3/24) and Pathan (3/29) that allowed them to restrict the visitors.

Pathan removed Shikhar Dhawan (2) with his first delivery to rattle Mumbai but the 44-run stand between Tendulkar and Rayudu, who was the more aggressive of the duo, helped them tide over the early crisis.

Rayudu was harsh on Brett Lee and Pathan, hitting the left-arm seamer for three boundaries in the sixth over before Chawla castled him in the next.In his next over, Chawla removed the dangerous Saurabh Tiwari (4) and he maintained the trend in his third over as well, castling Tendulkar with a straight delivery.

Pathan then chipped in to cut short R Sathish's (20) stay and also removed Kieron Pollard (18) before the towering all-rounder could get dangerous.Even though wickets kept tumbling at one end, Duminy in his IPL III debut played sensible cricket, staying put at one end.

The South African left-hander stepped across and flicked Brett Lee for a breathtaking six, having hit Ramesh Powar earlier in his innings.The Mumbai Indians made a mess of the final over, losing three wickets, including that of Duminy who was run out in the final delivery, and managing just four ru