Recalled Australian paceman Brett Lee has continued his frenetic game of catch-up before next month’s ICC World Twenty20 in an upset win by his Indian Premier league side, Kings XI Punjab, over Mumbai.Lee went wicketless in conceding 38 runs from his four overs, but the 33-year-old did have West Indian blaster Kieron Pollard dropped in the 16th over.Still tuning up after his latest comeback from injury, Lee went for just seven runs in his opening over before conceding eight, nine and 15 for an economy rate of 9.5.The veteran quick was included in Australia’s 15-man squad for the international T20 tournament in the West Indies next month and this week retained his Cricket Australia contract despite six months on the sidelines with injury, the latest to his elbow.Lee’s last-placed side had little trouble chasing down table-topping Mumbai’s 9-154 after the Indians had won the toss and batted.Kings XI reached 4-158 with four balls to spare to record a six-wicket win, man of the match Kumar Sangakkara top scoring with 56 from 42 balls.Three quick wickets, including Sachin Tendulkar’s, from Piyush Chawla (3-24) had Mumbai on the back foot before Irfan Pathan (3-29) grabbed three of his own to put the brakes on the Indians’ innings.”Finally a win at home,” Sangakkara said.”Piyush bowled magnificently, Irfan Pathan bowled really well too, and Love (Ablish) bowling that fantastic final over (for four runs).”Tendulkar said Mumbai had time to turn around their form after two straight losses.”We fell short by about 20 runs,” he said. “Then they batted well.”Two losses but long way to go, we have got more matches, and we have to make sure we play to our potential.”The tournament’s final will be played on April 25.AAP
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