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IPL 2016: Parthiv Patel, Rayudu star in Mumbai Indians' victory over down-in-the-dumps Kings XI Punjab

Mumbai Indians pushed the David Miller led Kings XI Punjab further into stupor by defeating them by 25 runs in their own backyard.

The biggest takeaway for Mumbai in the match would be wicket-keeper Parthiv Patel's return to form, after a series of quick cameos that never got converted. Patel was active in turning Mumbai's campaign around last year also, as his partnership with Lendl Simmons gave them numerous good beginnings. But this year, despite getting early starts, he did not quite click.

It was not exactly a rosy plan that Patel followed, he was caught at deep square leg for 20, but was saved as it was a no-ball. Even off the follow-on free hit, he got caught at mid-wicket. However, he turned his batting around thereafter, making a 137-run partnership with Ambati Rayudu, helping Mumbai fix 189 on the board.

One man who has played a crucial role in all successful fixtures this year has been Ambati Rayudu. He has been by far the most reliable batsman when it has come to getting valuable runs on the board and forming partnerships.

It was a similar story for Rayudu last year also and he gave match-winning performances for his side in the middle-order and contributed valuable runs when the chips were down. He wasn't noted as much as the likes of Lendl Simmons, or the new findings: Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah.

But Rayudu was an essential cog in the wheel that went on to roll towards a second title victory. Though his performances for Mumbai may not inevitably guarantee him a place in the national squad, he can be depended on to continue making the runs for the team.