Shaun Marsh (right) scored a quick 17-ball 30 with two fours and two sixes for Kings XI Punjab © IANS
Shaun Marsh (right) scored a quick 17-ball 30 with two fours and two sixes for Kings XI Punjab © IANS

 

By Shrikant Shankar

 

May 21, 2104

 

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) posted 156 for eight against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2014 on May 21 at Mohali. It was not a vintage Punjab batting display in front of their home crowd. The big guns in Virender Sehwag and Glenn Maxwell didn’t turn up. Captain George Bailey top-scored with 39 off 30 deliveries. Manan Vohra scored 36 and Shaun Marsh added 30. Young leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets.

 

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to field. Shaun Marsh was brought in place of David Miller by Punjab. Praveen Kumar came into the Mumbai line-up as Harbhajan Singh made way. Punjab have already qualified for the IPL 7 play-offs. Mumbai were in need of a win to keep their faint chances of qualifying for the play-offs alive.

 

Virender Sehwag and Manan Vohra opened the batting for Punjab. Praveen Kumar began proceedings. The first delivery was wide and cut through point for a four by Sehwag. The second delivery was struck for a six over long-off on the front-foot. Krishmar Santokie shared the new ball with Praveen.

 

The first delivery was full and wide outside off-stump and Vohra placed it through cover for a four. He too got off the mark with that shot. Sehwag then flat-batted a length delivery down the ground for a six. In the third over, Sehwag hit one back off Praveen. The ball struck Vohra’s bat and the batsmen took off for a quick single. Praveen reacted quickly as he collected the ball and got a direct hit at the bowler’s end to dismiss Sehwag. He was out for 17 runs off 11 deliveries.

 

Jasprit Bumrah bowled the fourth over. He bowled one short and Vohra mistimed his pull, but the ball went over Rohit at mid-off for a four. Bumrah then bowled one wide and Vohra threw his bat at it and got an edge towards third-man for a four. After conceding 11 runs in his first over, Praveen gave only one run each in his next two overs.

 

Pragyan Ojha was brought on for the last over in the powerplay. The first delivery was short and Vohra pulled the ball for a six down the ground. Shaun Marsh got off the mark with a slog-sweep over wide long-on for a six.

 

Leg-spinner Shreyas Gopal was given the ball for the seventh over. It proved to be an expensive over. One four, three twos and a single were scored in the over as both Vohra and Marsh did not want the young spinner to settle. Ojha then continued to bowl in tandem with Shreyas.

 

Marsh cleared his front leg and swatted one over wide mid-on for a four. The last ball also resulted in four leg-byes. Vohra then hit one back to Shreyas and the ball hit the stumps. Shreyas appealed hinting he got a touch on the ball, but it was turned down during review. Marsh then hit a four towards deep mid-wicket and a six down the ground.

 

Santokie was brought back in the 10th over and he struck immediately. Marsh mishit one towards long-on and Kieron Pollard took a simple catch. Marsh was out for 30 off 17 deliveries with two fours and two sixes. The 11th over bowled by Shreyas proved to be very good for Mumbai.

 

First Vohra got bowled while trying to heave across the line. He was out for 36 off 34 deliveries with four fours and one six. Second, Glenn Maxwell returned a simple catch to Shreyas. He departed for two runs. That stemmed the flow of runs as only 11 were scored in the next three overs.

 

It got worse for Punjab as Saha was run out for three runs in the 15th over. Ambati Rayudu got a direct-hit from mid-on as Saha tried to take a quick single. Akshar Patel and George Bailey then relieved some pressure as they hit one four each off Satokie in the 16th over. Praveen was brought back in the 17th over and his first delivery was a full-toss.

 

Akshar hit the ball straight to Rohit at short extra-cover. The umpires reviewed the ball for height, but it was ruled to be a legal delivery. He was out for six runs. Rishi Dhawan then moved across on the off side and scooped one from Santokie behind short fine-leg for a four. Bailey then hammered the last delivery of the 19th over for a six over deep mid-wicket.

 

Bailey hit a six off Bumrah down the ground before giving a catch to Rayudu at deep mid-wicket. Bumrah then bowled Beuran Hendricks with a slower delivery. In the end, Punjab reached a total of 156 for eight.

 

Brief scores:

 

Kings XI Punjab 156 for 8 in 20 overs (Manan Vohra 36, Shaun Marsh 30, George Bailey 39; Jasprit Bumrah 2 for 31, Shreyas Gopal 2 for 32) vs Mumbai Indians.

 

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(Shrikant Shankar is a writer/reporter at CricketCountry.com. Previously he has done audio commentary for various matches involving India, Indian Premier League and Champions League Twenty20 for ESPNSTAR.com. You can follow him on Twitter @Shrikant_23)