The Mumbai Indians’ first-innings total of 189/6 proved too much for Kings XI Punjab to overhaul, who slumped to a 25-run defeat on Monday.
Kings XI won the toss and elected to bowl, but the decision would not pay off thanks in large part to the efforts of Mumbai duo Parthiv Patel and Ambati Rayudu.
The pair recovered superbly after the early dismissal of captain Rohit Sharma for a duck, combining for a high-class 137-run partnership at an impressive rate of nine runs per over.
Rayudu would eventually be dismissed for 65, but Patel stayed on, combining with Jos Buttler and Keith Pollard before Mitchell Johnson finally claimed his wicket with the opener on 81.
Only Sandeep Sharma managed to keep the runs down for Kings XI, going for just 20 runs in his four overs, as they were set a formidable target of 190 for victory.
Openers Murali Vijay and Manan Vohra were soon back in the pavilion as Kings XI started their chase, but Shaun Marsh and Glenn Maxwell steadied the ship.
Kings XI were in with a shout while the Australian duo stayed in, compiling a solid 89-run partnership, but Mumbai’s bowlers were doing well to restrict them.
Marsh and Maxwell would both be dismissed, the former for 45 and the latter for 56, while the run rate continued to climb.
David Miller gave it his best shot, ending unbeaten on 30 runs off 17 balls, but with wickets continuing to tumble at the other end, Kings XI never really got close to the total.
They ended the match 25 runs short with three wickets still standing.