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West Indies batsman Lendl Simmons scored the first century of the 2014 Indian Premier League (IPL) season to help the Mumbai Indians demolish the Kings XI Punjab by seven wickets in Chandigarh.
Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma would have been pleased with his decision to bowl first after Punjab opener Virender Sehwag was run out by Praveen Kumar for 17 runs.
Shaun Marsh and Manan Vohra made up for the early loss of Sehwag with a 64-run partnership before Marsh was caught by Kieron Pollard at long-on off the bowling of Krishmar Santokie for 30.
Vohra ended up making 36 runs before he was clean bowled by Shreyas Gopal.
Gopal struck again just two balls later when he dismissed Glenn Maxwell caught and bowled for just two runs.
Wriddhiman Saha only made three runs before he was run out by Ambati Rayudu.
Akshar Patel scored six runs before he was caught by Sharma at cover off the bowling of Kumar.
Punjab captain George Bailey smashed a quickfire 39 off 30 balls, which included two boundaries and two sixes, before he was caught by Rayudu at deep midwicket off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah.
Bumrah took his second wicket just two balls later when he cleaned up Beuran Hendricks for a golden duck.
Thanks to Bailey’s late hitting, Punjab ended up scoring 156/8 off their 20 overs.
Bumrah and Gopal picked up two wickets apiece, while Kumar and Santokie chipped in with one wicket each.
Chasing 157 to win, Mumbai got off to a brilliant start as Simmons and Michael Hussey amassed a 68-run partnership, during which Simmons brought up his half-century, before Hussey was clean bowled by Patel for six runs.
Rayudu scored 17 runs before he was caught by Sehwag at cover off the bowling of Rishi Dhawan.
Sharma failed to have an impact with the bat as he was caught by Sandeep Sharma at third man off the bowling of Hendricks for 18.
Simmons and Pollard mopped up the remaining runs, during which Simmons became the first man to reach triple figures in the 2014 IPL.
Simmons finished on 100 off 61 balls, which included 14 boundaries and two sixes, while Pollard remained undefeated on eight off six deliveries, which included one six.
Hendricks, Patel and Dhawan all claimed one wicket each.
Simmons was named Man of the Match, and said: “[It] Was a very good moment to me, [I] was very excited when I got the call for Mumbai.”