Kings XI Punjab end IPL 2013 campaign with a win

Azhar MahmoodKings XI Punjab's Azhar Mahmood celebrates his half-century against Mumbai Indians with Shaun Marsh during their IPL 6 match in Dharamshala on Saturday. (PTI)

Kings XI Punjab were in complete control in Dharamsala as the home side beat Mumbai Indians by 50 runs in the IPL 2013 fixture today.

Adam Gilchrist, who earlier announced this to be his last IPL match, will be happy to end with a win, and a wicket to his name.

Set to chase a stiff total, Mumbai never got going, and kept losing wickets at regular intervals. The hosts were on the money with the ball, and didn't release steam.

Piyush Chawla, in particular, bowled a tight spell in the middle, and ended with brilliant figures of 2/20.

It was a dead rubber, but Mumbai would have wanted to go into the play-offs with the momentum on their side. That, however, didn't happen, and the side will now have to sort their act before they commence the knockout fixtures.

Earlier, Azhar Mahmood and Shaun Marsh smashed a half century each and rescued Kings XI Punjab from a disastrous start to post 183 for eight in the IPL 2013 match against Mumbai Indians today.

Already out of contention for a play-off berth, Punjab played freely with Marsh (63) and Mahmood (80) punishing the errant Mumbai bowlers with a slew of fours and sixes after being put in to bat at the picturesque HPCA stadium.

Mahmood struck eight fours and four sixes in his 44-ball knock while Marsh hit 11 fours during his 47-ball innings. The duo rescued the Punjab side with a 148-run third wicket stand in 14.2 overs after the hosts were reduced to six for two in the third over.

Mahmood was the more aggressive of the duo who scored more than 10 runs an over. Manan Vohra chipped in with an eight-ball cameo of 20 not out towards the end.

For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga grabbed three wickets for 39 runs while Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rishi Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh and Kieron Pollard took a wicket apiece.

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