Kings XI Punjab 183-8 (Azhar Mahmood 80) beat
Mumbai Indians 133 by 50 runs
Indian Premier League 2013, Dharmasala
Report by Chetan Narula
Kings XI Punjab finished their Indian Premier League 2013 campaign with a huge 50-run win over Mumbai Indians at Dharmasala.
It doesn’t make much difference though, for they were already ousted from the top-four race, ending the season with 16 points in sixth spot.
Mumbai have already qualified for the play-offs, with 22 points, but their run-rate took a beating with this loss and they will now finish second.
Mumbai won the toss and elected to field first, in front of scenic views at the mountain-top stadium, and it worked for a while as they reduced Kings XI to six for two in the third over, with both openers Adam Gilchrist (5) and Mandeep Singh (1) back in the hut. It slowed the innings down considerably but provided Shaun Marsh and Azhar Mahmood the time to start their repair work.
They did just that, sharing a third wicket partnership worth 148 runs to take Kings XI to a challenging total. At the halfway stage in the innings, Punjab were placed at 80 for two and then they both triggered some fast paced scoring, completing their half-centuries.
Mahmood got to his half-century off only 27 balls, while Marsh did so in 32 balls. They picked their bowlers, Marsh attaching Lasith Malinga (3-39), while Mahmood targeted Glenn Maxwell (0-18).
He top scored with 80 runs off 44 balls, with eight fours and four sixes, while Marsh scored 63 off 47 balls, hitting 11 fours. Mumbai used as many as eight bowlers, but could only control the scoring once they got out.
David Miller (6),Gurkeerat Singh (0), Piyush Chawla (1) and Praveen Kumar (0) did not add too many, yet Kings XI finished at 183 for eight.
Mumbai Indians had rested a fit Sachin Tendulkar, and Maxwell (0) couldn’t fill his boots. Aditya Tare (22), Ambati Rayudu (26) and Rohit Sharma (25) got starts, but they couldn’t bring about to form meaningful partnerships and wickets kept falling at regular intervals.
This affected the scoring as well and Dinesh Karthik (0) fell quickly leaving too much to do for the latter batsmen. Kieron Pollard (22) tried his luck but couldn’t get going and the Mumbai innings ended at 133 in the 20th over.
That was quite an event, as Gilchrist decided to chance his arm and took the wicket of Harbhajan Singh off the first ball he bowled, finishing his IPL career with figures of 1-0 and a strike rate of 100.
Azhar Mahmood (2-24) produced an all-round effort and was well supported by Sandeep Sharma (2-39) and Piyush Chawla (2-20).
© Cricket World 2013
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