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Mumbai: Apr 29, 2013
KXIP 170/10 | Overs 20 | Awana 0* OUT! Praveen 24(15)
Praveen Kumar fights till the end but the luck favours the Mumbai Indians. The Punjab batsman thrashes a six and even fights with umpire Asad Rauf for a no-ball, which was a full toss above the waist. Poor umpiring indeed. Punjab lose but indeed a moral victory for them.
David Miller might have been out but Praveen Kumar is carrying on. The tail-ender garners nine runs off the penultimate over and KXIP now need 17 runs off the final over.
David Miller is caught by Sachin Tendulkar after a fluent 34-ball 56 and Punjab’s hopes are all but over. The KXIP side needs 26 runs from two overs with two overs left.
Piyush Chawla is out, caught at the deep midwicket by Ambati Rayudu. But David Miller signs off with a six on the last ball. KXIP need 37 to win from three overs.
Piyush Chawla thrashes a six off Lasith Malinga as KXIP gather 11 runs off the 16th over.
Mitchell Johnson keeps it tight as Punjab batsmen could manage only seven runs off him. Punjab need a further 57 runs in 30 balls.
Harbhajan Singh bags two wickets in the over as he first gets rid of Azhar Mahmood for nine. Manpreet Gony walks in and is out on the third ball he faces. Dinesh Karthik takes the second catch in the over! KXIP are falling apart fast.
KXIP 110/5 | Overs 13 | Miller 37*, Mahmood 9*
David Miller clobbers two sixes off Kieron Pollard as Punjab add another 15 runs to their total. Miller is the key for KXIP and they’ll hope he goes on till the end. Punjab need a further 65 runs in 42 balls.
Harbhajan Singh keeps it tight as only four runs come from the 12th over of the game. Punjab need big overs to get back in the match.
Azhar Mahmood almost knocks down umpire Asad Rauf on the final ball of the over. Mahmood dances down the track and thrashes it straight and hard. Rauf ducks just in time otherwise he would have suffered serious injury! Seven runs come from that over, but Punjab have an uphill task — 84 runs required from 54 balls.
And another! Gurkeerat Singh Mann tries to hit over the rope but mistimes the shot, the ball goes high in the air and Dwayne Smith at the cover position takes a simple catch. Harbhajan Singh takes his first wicket in the match. Punjab in deep trouble as half of their side is back in the hut.
David Miller starts off with a six off Pragyan Ojha, who exacts revenge on the fourth ball to get rid of the dangerous David Hussey. The Punjab captain is caught at the long-on boundary by Mitchell Johnson after 18-ball 34. Mumbai Indians are in complete command.
Only seven runs off Harbhajan Singh’s first over of the game.
Kieron Pollard takes a stunning catch at the long-on boundary with one hand to send back Shaun Marsh back in the hut! Mumbai Indians are elated with that effort, and everyone in the stadium is. David Miller starts off with a boundary.
David Hussey is doing it for the Punjab side. Two hits towards the off side for boundaries off Dhawal Kulkarni, followed up with a six down the ground marks another good over.
Shaun Marsh gets going with a boundary off the first delivery towards the fine leg fence, followed by David Hussey’s two boundaries on the third and the final ball of the over. KXIP garner 15 runs from the over.
David Hussey cracks a boundary towards mid-off as Punjab add six runs to their total. They need a big partnership to consolidate their position in the game.
KXIP 17/2 | Overs 3 | S Marsh 3*, D Hussey 1* OUT! Manan 1(2)
Manan Vohra runs out of luck. The Punjab batsman gets a benifit of doubt as his bat was over the crease while Dinesh Karthik dislodged the bail while taking second run on fourth ball of the over. But the umpire isn’t convinced and the benifit of doubt goes in batsman’s favour. But not for too long. Vohra plays a reckless shot on the next as Kieron Pollard takes a simple catch off Mitchell Johnson.
KXIP 12/1 | Overs 2 | S Marsh 2* OUT! Mandeep 9(8)
Brilliant by Lasith Malinga! The Mumbai bowler beats Mandeep Singh on the third ball with the ball taking an edge and racing away to the boundary, and on the final ball of the over, Malinga takes pace off the ball and knocks down Mandeep’s off-stump.
Mitchell Johnson is punished for bowling a juicy full toss as Mandeep Singh guides it to the boundary through the extra cover region. Punjab begin on a confident note as seven runs scored off the first over.
MI 174/3 | Overs 20 | Pollard 20*, Rohit 79*
Rohit Sharma on fire! Three sixes and two boundaries off David Hussey’s final over of the innings as Mumbai pile up a huge first innings total. David Hussey leaks 27 runs as how crucial will this be in this game?
Kieron Pollard slaps hard over bowler Praveen Kumar’s head to collect a boundary off the first ball. But the KXIP bowler bounces back to allow Mumbai batsmen take only four more runs from his last over.
The on-field umpires are checking for no-balls for over-stepping only when a wicket has fallen in this innings. Pollard plays onto the wickets off Gony, the bowler bursts in celebration. But, the umpire checks with the third umpire where Gony’s foot landed, and it is a no-ball! Rohit thrashes a six off the first ball as Mumbai add a further 11 runs to their total.
MI 128/3 | Overs 17 | Pollard 12*, Rohit 44*
Rohit Sharma gets an inside edge on the first ball to get a boundary, and on the fourth delivery, gets a top edge off Azhar Mahmood as the ball flies away for six over the fine-leg area. Mumbai Indians add 14 runs in the over.
MI 114/3 | Overs 16 | Pollard 11*, Rohit 32*
Rohit Sharma lofts over the extra cover fielder for a boundary on the first ball and follows it up with a huge hit for a six over the midwicket area. Mumbai add 12 runs from Gony’s third over.
Parvinder Awana ends his impressive spell with the figures of 4-0-16-0 against the Mumbai Indians. Only four runs scored in the 15th and Mumbai go past the 100-run mark.
KXIP captain David Hussey brings himself on and gives away five runs — but not before creating a few chances. Kieron Pollard connects the second ball with the toe end of the bat, but the ball lands safely. On the next delivery, Gurkeerat Singh misses out on a chance for stumping.
An eventful over by Piyush Chawla. Dwayne Smith smacks a six off he first ball but is out on the second as the ball takes a leading edge and David Miller takes a good catch at long-on. Kieron Pollard begins with a six as Mumbai add 13 runs despite losing a wicket.
Dwayne Smith cracks two boundaries and Rohit Sharma hits one as Mumbai Indians add another 15 runs to their total. The hosts seem to be picking up after a sluggish start in the first half of the innings.
Six runs come from Parvinder Awana’s third over of the game as Punjab look to pull things back.
Dwayne Smith gets his first boundary of the game in the 10th over as he thrashes Piyush Chawla straight down the wicket, but on the fourth ball, he gets a lifeline as Manan Vohra drops a catch at the deep midwicket. Rohit Sharma cuts for four on the final delivery of the over as Mumbai add 11 runs.
Kings XI Punjab have not allowed the Mumbai Indians to get going. The hosts have lost two wickets and have scored only 48 runs from the first 54 balls. Four runs come from the ninth over by Awana.
Dinesh Karthik departs! The Mumbai batsman fails to keep a rising delivery off Manpreet Gony as the ball crashes into the wickets after deflecting from the bat. Rohit Sharma walks in.
Parvinder Awana’s first over of the game is spot on as Mumbai manage only three runs off it.
Another good over for the Mumbai Indians as eight runs come from it. Dinesh Karthik is almost run-out as David Miller misses a direct hit at the non-striker’s end after being denied a single by Dwayne Smith. One delivery later, Miller attempts a run-out again but the ball runs away to the boundary as Mumbai collect four extra runs.
Dinesh Karthik slams a six and a boundary off Praveen Kumar towards the fine leg area to mark a good over for the Mumbai Indians. 12 runs added in the fifth over.
Azhar Mahmood makes a strong comeback after being hit for two boundaries in the previous over, as he allows Mumbai batsmen to take only three runs off it.
Big wicket! Sachin Tendulkar gets an inside edge off Praveen Kumar and the ball crashes into the stumps. Tendulkar departs after a brisk start. Dinesh Karthik joins Dwayne Smith.
Sachin Tendulkar cracks two boundaries off Azhar Mahmood to set the tone early on. The Little Master finds the gap between point and cover on the second ball, and on the fourth, thrashes a wide delivery outside off stump in the gap between cover point and cover.
Praveen Kumar keeps it quiet in the first over as the Mumbai openers could manage only two singles from it.
Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma has won the toss against Kings XI Punjab and has elected to bat first at the Wankhede Stadium in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 encounter.
The big news from the centre is that Adam Gilchrist has finally dropped himself from the side and Shaun Marsh gets a first game. David Hussey is captaining Punjab instead.
Mumbai Indians: Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Mitchell Johnson, Lasith Malinga, Dhawal Kulkarni, Pragyan Ojha
Kings XI Punjab: Mandeep Singh, Shaun Marsh, Manan Vohra, David Hussey (c), David Miller, Gurkeerat Singh (wk), Azhar Mahmood, Piyush Chawla, Manpreet Gony, Parvinder Awana, Praveen Kumar
This is Devarchit Varma and I will be bringing you over-by-over updates of the 41st match of the Indian Premier League.
Riding high on confidence after the thrashing they handed to the IPL 2013 table-toppers Royal Challengers Bangalore by 58 runs on Saturday, the Mumbai Indians will indeed be favourites against the wobbly Kings XI Punjab side.
However, Mumbai will have to guard against complacency as the Punjab side have a few big match winners in their ranks. The form of David Miller and Mandeep Singh makes their batting look strong, especially when their star batsman and captain Adam Gilchrist is struggling with the bat.
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