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.
Punjab had the worst possible start with openers Mandeep Singh (1) and Adam Gilchrist (5) back in the dressing room by the third over with just six runs on board.
Mandeep misread a Dhawan delivery which pitched outside off and ended up spooning it straight to Pollard at mid-off in the second over.
Playing in his last IPL match,Gilchrist failed to make a mark as he was out in the third over,clean-bowled by Coulter-Nile. The two jolts slowed down Punjab batting but Marsh and Mahmood began their repair work slowly but picked up steam later on.
Marsh hit three fours in the sixth over bowled by Dhawal Kulkarni to herald the beginning of the onslaught. Malinga bore the brunt of Mahmood’s aggression as the batsman hit a six and three fours in four consecutive balls to take 20 runs from the eight over.
Punjab were 80 for two at the halfway stage and there was a brief lull before Mahmood picked Glenn Mexwell for treatment by hitting two sixes and a four in three successive balls in the 13th over. He was dropped in the next over while on 50 by Coulter-Nile,the unfortunate bowler being Dhawan.
Marsh was also dropped in the same over by Harbhajan while on 54.
The Australian was out in the 17th over while going for a slog off a Harbhajan delivery which clipped the leg stump.
Mahmood followed suit in the next over LBW to Malinga to end a rollicking innings.
David Miller (6),Gurkeerat Singh (0),Piyush Chawla (1) and Praveen Kumar (0) did not last long.
Kings XI Punjab
AC Gilchrist(c & wk),SE Marsh,Mandeep Singh,Azhar Mahmood,DA Miller,M Vohra,Gurkeerat Singh,PP Chawla,P Kumar,P Awana,Sandeep Sharma
GJ Maxwell,AP Tare,KD Karthik(wk),RG Sharma(c),KA Pollard,AT Rayudu,NM Coulter-Nile,Harbhajan Singh,DS Kulkarni,SL Malinga,R Dhawan