IPL 2014: Mumbai Indians vs Kings XI Punjab – As it happened...
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Over 19.1 || Score 172/5
Formalities completed with a huge straight six off Sandeep Sharma by Keiron Pollard. His 28 runs came from just 12 balls.
Over 19 || Score 164/5
Mitchell Johnson, bowling the penultimate over of the match, bore the brunt of Pollard whirlwind as the West Indian brutalised the pacer in a 20-run over, which included one six and two fours.
Mumbai require 5 from the last over.
Over 18 || Score 144/5
Tare turning out to be the star for Mumbai tonight. The wicket-keeper batsman has just taken 16 runs, thanks to a six and four, off Balaji's final over, and reduced the target to 25. Balls left: 12.
Over 17 || Score 128/5
Another crucial wicket for the fielding team. Corey Anderson, trying to clear the long-off boundary, failed to connect properly and David Miller took the catch.
Corey Anderson c David Miller b Rishi Dhawan 35 (25b)
Two balls earlier, Rishi Dhawan almost got Pollard's wicket, but the fielder in deep couldn't reach as the ball landed at midwicket.
In the centre for Mumbai are Pollard and Aditya Tare. They need 41 from 18.
Over 16 || Score 124/4
Rohit Sharma fell prey to his own ambitions. Had only found a lucky boundary, thanks to a thick edge but the Mumbai skipper, found himslef walking back the next moment after playing a costly lofted shot.
Credit to Balaji for enticing the blambouyant batsman to try something. Saha took some time to complete the catch from the skier.
Rohit Sharma c Wriddhiman Saha b Lakshmipathy Balaji 39 (34b)
Keiron Pollard played out the remaining two balls, without taking a run. In the last three overs, Mumbai have scored only 15 runs losing a wicket. They now need 45 from 24 balls.
Over 15 || Score 118/3
Mitchell Johnson, it seems, has done the trick. Coupled with some fine fielding efforts, the 15th over leaked only three runs.
Mumbai, though the favourites in this stage, will still need a couple of big overs to seal the match. They now need 51 from 30 balls.
Over 14 || Score 115/3
Lakshmipathy Balaji returned for his second over and the experienced hand somewhat put a brake in Mumbai scoring by conceding only six runs.
Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson has put 45 runs in 4.2 overs for the fourth wicket partnership.
Over 13 || Score 109/3
Another huge over for Mumbai. Two sixes and two fours, all the Kiwi batsman. Anderson has reached 29 from 13 balls.
Thus completed Akshar Patel's spell of four overs. He conceded 40.
Mumbai now need 60 from 42 balls. And it seems they are the favourites now.
Over 12 || Score 89/3
Mumbai Indians have started taking calculated risks. Rohit Sharma launched the first ball of 12th over, over the third-man boundary. Then, Corey Anderson joined his skipper by freeing his arm, for another six. 14 runs came off the over.
Over 11 || Score 75/3
Another economical spell from Akshar Patel as spinner completed his third over. For the first time, the required run rate has crept over the 10 mark. Mumbai now require 94 runs from 54 balls.
Over 10 || Score 99/3
Rishi Dhawan got the better of Gautam. The Mumbai batsman tried, once again, the reverse sweep but the straight and good length delivery was missed by the batsman. LBW.
And besides the wicket, Dhawan also gave away only one run. Corey Anderson is the new batsman.
Chidhambaram Gautam lbw b Rishi Dhawan 33 (29b)
Over 9 || Score 69/2
Another superb over for the fielding team as Akshar Patel conceded only four runs in his second spell.
For the batting team, the target is exactly 100 runs from 11 overs.
Over 8 || Score 65/2
After the technical time-out, right-arm medium-fast bowler Rishi Dhawan was introduced by George Bailey and it proved a good bowling change. The over went for only four runs.
Over 7 || Score 61/2
Slow left arm bolwer, Akshar Patel was clobbered for two boundaries in the second and fourth balls of his first over by Gautam and Rohit respectively. The over went for 12 runs.
Gautam has reached 28 from 19 balls while his skipper is 17 from 14. Mumbai now need another 108 runs to register their first win in this edition.
In the last five overs, they have scored 44 runs while this partnership has added 39 runs in 26 balls.
Over 6 || Score 49/2
Gautam survived a scrappy run attempt, but Mitchell Johnson failed to properly collect the throw from David Miller, from point to effect the run out. The next ball, fifth of the over, resulted a four, with the ball sailing over the cover and landing just inside the boundary rope.
Seven runs from Johnson's second over.
Over 5 || Score 42/2
Gautam can clear the boundary with consummate ease, it seems. He punished Sandeep Sharma by hitting two sixes and added 12 valuable runs in the total.
Suddenly, Sandeep's figure read 23 runs off three overs for two wickets.
Over 4 || Score 30/2
Mitchell Jonhson started his spell rather impressively, conceding only one off the first five deliveries. But his last ball, a short one, was guided over square leg boundary for a six.
Mumbai now need another 139 runs.
Over 3 || Score 23/2
Sandeep struck again for Punjab.
Ambati Rayudu, who arrived after the fall of Dunk, was adjudged lbw off the fifth ball of the over by the umpire as the late swinging ball hit the pad, in front of the the wicket.
Mumbai in trouble, need 146 runs from 17 overs at an rate of more than 8 and half.
Ambati Rayudu lbw b Sandeep Sharma 8 (5b)
Skipper Rohit Sharma arrived in the centre.
Over 2 || Score 17/1
A drop catch, of a difficult chance and two fours made the second over an eventful one.
Second ball of the over from Balaji was led to a leading edge from Gautam towards extra cover. Akhsar Patel attempted valiantly to reach to ball, but without success.
Over 1 || Score 6/1
First over, first wicket for Punjab. Sandeep Sharma continued his excellent form.
Queensland native Ben Dunk started the chase with a four through the cover. But four deliveries later, a pitched ip delivery from Sandeep forced Dunk to play a shot. Wriddhiman Saha completed a superb catch behind the stumps to shocked the Mumbai crowd.
Ben Dunk c Wriddhiman Saha b Sandeep Sharma 5 (4b)
Ambati Rayadu arrived in the centre to join Chidhambaram Gautam. Mumbai will need some rebuilding to overhaul Punjab's total of 168.
Over 20 || Score 168/5
Super over from Malinga. Conceded only three runs and also took the wicket of Miller. Another good catch by Dunk at long on.
David Miller c Ben Dunk b Lasith Malinga 16 (12b)
Over 19 || Score 165/4
Zaheer left with an injured shoulder. Bowling the penultimate over, grimaced after the third ball. Pollard completed the remaining three balls of the over.
The over produced 20 runs, biggest of the innings, thanks to a six each from Saha and Miller. In the process, Saha completed his fifty.
Over 18 || Score
A superb over from Malinga, as the Sri Lankan fast bowler conceded only five runs. In his three overs so far, he has conceded 22 runs and failed to take any wicket.
Over 17 || Score 140/4
Bumrah conceded nine runs in his final over, for a total of 25 from the four overs today.
For the batting side, Saha is approaching his fifty, now on 44 from 38 balls. He has four hits to the boundary and two sixes. He is holding the Punjab innings together. In his company, dangerous David Miller is on seven from four.
Over 16 || Score 131/4
Harbhajan got his second wicket. Punjab skipper mistimed shot only drew Corey Anderson to complete a beautiful catch at square leg. Bailey failed capitalised on the good start.
George Bailey c Corey Anderson b Harbhajan Singh 15 (14b)
Thus, Harbhajan completed his four overs for a return of two wickets, conceding 34 runs.
Over 15 || Score 126/3
Another good over increased the pressure on Mumbai skipper. Both Bailey and Saha struck a boundary each as Zaheer Khan continued his search for a wicket.
In his three overs so far, he has conceded 21 runs.
Over 14 || Score 117/3
In the midst of flamboyance, Saha has quietly reached 36 off 33 balls, helping Punjab improved from a spot of bother. Pollard's second over went for 16 runs with Saha enjoying a surge in scoring rate, two fours and a six.
Over 13 || Score 101/3
100 up for Punjab with seven overs left in the innings.
Bailey started off with a first ball four off Corey Anderson, reaching for the wide delivery for a boundary at backward point. Eight runs came off the over as run rate slowly but steadily inched towards eight an over. Anything short of 160 will be hard to defend against Mumbai.
Over 12 || Score 93/3
Some relief for Harbhajan Singh as Maxwell got himself caught out at long on. There was no need for the batsman to try expansive shots after hitting two sixes early in the over. The over yielded 14 runs.
Maxwell gone, after compiling 45 off 27 balls.
Glenn Maxwell c Ben Dunk b Harbhajan Singh 45 (27b)
Punjab skipper arrived in the centre.
Over 11 || Score 79/2
Another good over for the batting team as Keiron Pollard's first over went for nine runs. Both Maxwell and Saha are comfortably rotating the strike and without taking any risk, they are accumulating runs.
With wickets, they can launch the onslaught latter in the innings.
Over 10 || Score 70/2
After giving away only three runs from his first five deliveries, Harbhajan tossed a slow toss for Maxwell to hit a his fifth four of the innings.
With that boundary, the partnership has reached 46 between Maxwell and Saha.
Over 9 || Score 63/2
Maxwell on song here. Took a six – over deep mid-wicket boundary, and four – of an attempted yorker, of the first two deliveries from Malinga. With two singles latter in the over, it yielded 12 runs for the batting side.
Maxwell has already reached 29 from 18 deliveries, in contrast, Saha has 9 from 17 deliveries.
Over 8 || Score 51/2
Harbhajan Singh introduced. The offie's first over went for nine runs as both the batsmen rotated the strike, with a lucky boundary for Maxwell in the midst.
Over 7 || Score 42/2
Bumrah completed his third over, conceding only six runs. Good comeback after that eight-run first over. Maxwell, in a bid to increase the run rate, did try some fancy shots but failed to connect most of them.
Over 6 || Score 36/2
Rohit introduced his priced asset Malinga.
Maxwell took a single off the first delivery and the remaining five deliveries were played out by Saha, including a four off the third ball, an elegantly glance.
Despite a boundary in the over, Malinga did enough to concede only five runs.
Over 5 || Score 31/2
Those two wickets have somehow restricted the run flow for Punjab. After five overs, the run rate is only 6.20. In this turf, they will need a big score for their bowlers to defend.
Bumrah completed his second over, conceding only five. The youngster managed to probe Saha, as the wicket-keeper batsman looked circumspect playing majority of his shots.
Over 4 || Score 29/2
Anderson struck for Mumbai. Pujara out.
Pujara, who was looking to carry on the innings, departed trying to drive a widish delivery from Corey Anderson. Chidhambaram Gautam, behind the stumps collected the catch to complete the rite.
Cheteshwar Pujara c Chidhambaram Gautam b Corey Anderson 19 (18b )
With that, form batsman of the tournament, Glenn Maxwell arrived in the centre. And in his company is Wriddhiman Saha.
Over 3 || Score 20/1
Sehwag gone. Run Out.
A direct hit from Mumbai skipper, Rohit at bowler's end meant curtails for the batsman. Sehwag did hit the ball rather hard, but Rohit was equal to the task.
Zaheer's second over went for seven runs.
Virender Sehwag run out 1 (2b)
Over 2 || Score 13/0
Jasprit Bumrah, with his unusual run-up, shared the new ball with Zaheer as the noise in Wankhede stadium increases the decibel with each passing delivery.
However for the young seamer, his first over went for eight runs as Pujara continues to carry his excellent form. The four off the fourth delivery, through the cover, an excellent sight.
Over 1 || Score 5/0
Pujara faced the first ball of the match from Zaheer Khan. Played with considerable respect, but the second delivery – full and on the pads, was dispatched for the first four, towards square leg boundary.
But in the remaining four deliveries, he could only add one more run as Sehwag watched from the non-striker's end. That's five runs from the first over today.
As expected, Kings XI Punjab are fielding an unchanged XI, while Mumbai Indians have left out left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha for talented seamer Jasprit Bumrah.
Ben Dunk, Rohit Sharma (capt.), Corey Anderson, Ambati Rayudu, Keiron Pollard, Aditya Tare, Harbhajan Singh, Chidhambaram Gautam (wk), Jasprit Bumrah, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga
Cheteshwar Pujara, V Sehwag, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, George Bailey (capt.), Rishi Dhawan, Mitchell Johnson, Akshar Patel, Lakshmipathy Balaji, Sandeep Sharma
Punjab skipper, George Bailey won the toss and have opted to bat first. Rohit Sharma also said, they would have also like to bat first as the pitch is dry.
Mumbai: On paper, they are all tigers and lions. It`s altogether another story that only a few live up to their colours, rather stripes. The match-up between Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab will pit two such teams with names and claims galore, albeit with some historical difference.
What has happened so far this season has once again underlined the fact that, past is not present. Mumbai Indians won the tournament last time around. But in 2014, they have found themselves wanting in almost every field. Whereas, Kings XI Punjab – historically one of the under-performing teams in the Indian Premier League, have won all there five matches so far and have truly blossomed as a perfect team.
But, what happened during the UAE-leg can no longer be considered the basis to out-rightly dismiss the Rohit Sharma-led squad from the reckoning. Now onwards, the tournament will be played in India, at home, with fans, noise and new zeal. In fact, the Mumbai franchise have won all their eight matches at Wankhede Stadium in 2013. And today, they welcome the pace-setters in their lair. And what spurred them to such a perfect record was the combination of these factors. So, the question is: Will Wankhede help Mumbai regain their lost touch?
For the Punjab side, there is hardly any missing link in their armoury. The revamped side, under the leadership of Aussie George Bailey, has registered convincing wins abroad. But it can take a shift at home. Because, there will be new challenges and new expectations playing at home grounds. And most of the teams will be at their best while playing in their designated home grounds. The best example is that of Mumbai Indians and Wankhede. And by beating Mumbai at Wankhede, they can continue their belligerent form. After all, 2014 is a new year.