Cape Town - The Mumbai Indians received a rude awakening before the playoffs when Kings XI Punjab thrashed them by 50 runs in the last round of the Indian Premier League stage at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on Saturday, reports the supersport.com website.
Mumbai were bowled out for 133 in 19.1
overs after the Kings XI had amassed 183-8 in their 20 overs after being sent
into bat by Rohit Sharma at the 23 000-capacity stadium.
Punjab found themselves in a bit of trouble early on when Mandeep Singh (one)
and Adam Gilchrist (five) found themselves back in the dug-out with the score
on six in the third over. Azhar Mahmood (80) and Shaun Marsh (63) came together
and slaughtered the Mumbai bowlers, adding 148 off 90 deliveries for the third
Marsh, who hit 11 glorious fours, departed in the 17th over when Harbhajan
Singh (1-33) clipped his leg-stump. Mahmood was dismissed four balls later by
Lasith Malinga (3-39), who bowled a low full toss to trap the former Pakistan
all-rounder in front. Mahmood struck eight boundaries and four maximums in a
A late flurry of wickets denied the hosts a chance to reach 200, with David
Miller (six), Gurkeerat Singh (0), Piyush Chawla (one) and Praveen Kumar (0)
all being dismissed in the final seven deliveries.
The Mumbai response started badly as Kumar (1-15) had Glenn Maxwell (0)
top-edging a ball to Manan Vohra on the third-man boundary. Aditya Tare (22)
and Ambati Rayudu (26) added 27 for the second wicket before Tare was clean
bowled by the 19-year-old Sandeep Sharma (2-39).
Rohit (25) then joined Rayudu to add 35 for the third wicket, but Rayudu then
gloved an attempted pull shot off Parvinder Awana (1-28) through to Gilchrist.
Mumbai lost two more quick wickets when Dinesh Karthik (0) was caught and
bowled by the leg-break bowler, Chawla (2-20), and Rohit himself was clean
bowled by the spinner.
A brief respite from falling wickets occurred when Kieron Pollard (22) and
Rishi Dhawan (14) scored 39 for the sixth wicket off 26 balls, but the
dismissal of Pollard off Sandeep effectively ended Mumbai's chances.
Pollard's dismissal could be called a hat-trick of wickets as the big-hitting
West Indian was caught on the long-off boundary off a front-foot no-ball. He
was then caught at long-off again, but as it was a free-hit, the catch did not
count. Sandeep made the third consecutive delivery count as Pollard was then
caught by Miller on the long-on boundary.
Mahmood (2-24) claimed his 199th IPL wicket by dismissing Dhawan with a good in-swinging
yorker, trapping him lbw, and then claimed his 200th IPL wicket by clean
bowling Nathan Coulter-Nile (nine) with another yorker that flattened the
Since Gilchrist was playing in his last IPL match and failed with the bat, the
former Australian wicket-keeper brought himself on for the final over of the
match, and of his IPL career. Harbhajan promptly smashed the first delivery
straight down the throat of Gurkeerat Singh, fielding at long-on, to bring an
end to proceedings as Dhawal Kulkarni was not able to bat due to the
side-strain he picked while bowling.
The victory for Punjab was a good send-off for their home fans. This emphatic
defeat for Mumbai should give them a big wake-up call before they face the
Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier on May 21.