Adam Gilchrist had announced that the match between Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at Dharamsala would be his last in the IPL.
Understandably,the veteran Australian would have wanted to finish his association with the biggest T20 tournament in the world on a high. With Rohit Sharma opting to bowl first,Gilchrist had his chance to go out in style with the bat. The left-hander did smack a smoking boundary straight down the ground off Nathan Coulter-Nile but was bowled off the very next delivery while attempting a wild heave on the leg-side. And with that Gilchrist had brought an end to his IPL batting career with 2069 runs in 80 innings.
Punjab dominated the rest of the contest with both bat and ball. Azhar Mahmood and Shaun Marsh first shared a destructive stand of 148 in just 86 balls,setting up the home teams massive total of 183 for 8. Mahmood in particular was scathing in his treatment of the Mumbai bowlers,and eventually fell for a 44-ball 80.
The Kings XI bowlers then combined well to keep the shackles on the Mumbai batsmen,never allowing the visitors to get ahead of the rate.
Then with one over remaining and Mumbai requiring 51,Gilchrist decided to sign off from the IPL in a most unexpected fashion. The last time he had rolled his arm over in a competitive match was back in 1995 against Leicestershire,where he bowled two overs for 10 runs.While he has scored 24,282 runs and snared 1498 dismissals in his illustrious career,the wickets column had remained bare. It took Gilchrist just one delivery to set that record straight,as he had Harbhajan Singh caught in the deep. The wicket also helped Punjab record a 50-run win over Mumbai,pushing them down to second in the table.
Brief scores: KXIP: 183/8 (A Mahmood 80,S Marsh 63; L Malinga 3/39) vs MI 133 in 19.1 ov (A Rayudu 26,R Sharma 25; A Mahmood 2/24,A Gilchirst 1/0).