Peterson does a Pietersen

2012-04-26 09:15

New Delhi - South Africa's Robin Peterson became an overnight sensation in the Indian Premier League after leading the Mumbai Indians to victory with a stunning batting display.

Peterson, 32, adopted the switch-hit made famous by his former countryman Kevin Pietersen after his team needed 32 off the last two overs against Kings XI Punjab on Wednesday.

The left-hander, who said he had not even practised the shot, switch-hit the first two deliveries of the penultimate over from leg-spinner Piyush Chawla for boundaries and then pulled the third for a six.

The over produced 27 runs as batting partner Ambati Rayadu smashed the last two balls for sixes, leaving Mumbai Indians needing just five runs off the final over.

Victory was achieved with one ball to spare with Rayadu making an unbeaten 34 off 17 balls and Peterson, better known as a left-arm spinner, returning with 16 from seven balls.

Peterson, whose highest score in six Tests, 55 one-dayers and nine Twenty20 games for South Africa is 61, said he had never played the switch-hit before Wednesday night's game.

"The switch hit was played by instinct," he said. "I had not practised them. But I am happy my innings helped the team win. It is nice to get over the line in such close games."

It was Peterson's first game for Mumbai Indians, who secured his services for a relatively modest $100 000 this season, but kept him on the bench for the first six matches.

"Both Peterson and Rayadu were just unbelievable," said batting superstar and Mumbai Indians team-mate Sachin Tendulkar.

Pietersen, the South Africa-born England batsman, has been using the innovative shot for Delhi Daredevils in the Twenty20 tournament.


  • colin85 - 2012-04-26 10:59

    Looks like Levi has fallen out of favor though :(

      Deon - 2012-04-26 11:29

      He made a few low scores against the spinners.

      Gunner - 2012-04-26 11:52

      Well done Peterson...Levi is not good enough in sub-continental conditions. With time he may improve. Just seems that there is too much pressure on the boy. He seems to want to approach every game like he did in the game against NZ.

  • Brendon - 2012-04-26 21:00

    The SA boys are having a good tournament; Morne, Faf, AB, JP, Jaques and now Robin. Very proud. Dale Steyn isn't a great T20 player in my opinion, way to expensive. What's the story with Vernon Philander? Surely someone must want him, he must be one of the best bowlers in the world right now. - 2012-04-26 22:33

      Vernon is busy honing he's skills in english county.wise choice i'd say looking at the heavy demands in the ipl of playing every 2nd day. but im sure next ipl vernon will be auctioned for a few hundred thousand dollars.lets say a mill

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