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2 This was the second match in IPL 2012 that was decided off the last ball. Mumbai Indians had beaten Deccan Chargers off the last ball at Visakhapatnam on April 9.
23 Number of sixes hit in the match – the most in IPL 2012.
28 Runs conceded by Virat Kohli in the penultimate over of the match – the most expensive over in IPL 2012. 27 runs were conceded in one over bowled by two bowlers, Harmeet Singh and Bipul Sharma, against Pune Warriors on April 8. Interestingly, that was also the penultimate over of the innings.
45 Runs scored by Chennai Super Kings batsmen in the last two overs – the most in IPL history. Kolkata Knight Riders’ batsmen had scored 43 runs off the last two overs (19th and 20th) of the innings in the first ever IPL match, against Royal Challengers Bangalore, in 2008. 76 Number of sixes hit by Chris Gayle in just 30 innings in IPL. Now only Gilchrist (83) and Suresh Raina (82) are ahead of him on this count. 109 Runs added by Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli for the second wicket – the first century partnership for any wicket in IPL 2012.
208 for five by Chennai Super Kings – the second highest successful chase in IPL history, after Rajasthan Royals’ 217 for seven against Deccan Chargers in 2008.
400 Albie Morkel’s strike-rate (28 runs off seven balls) – the highest in an innings of more than five balls.
Kings XI Punjab finally opened their account in IPL 2012 with a win in front of their home crowd at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here. Opting to field first, skipper Adam Gilchrist marshaled his troops masterfully. Led by Dimitri Mascarenhas, KXIP bowlers responded to their captain’s call and pitched in to help restrict the long batting line-up of the Pune Warriors India to a mere 115 runs.
In a post-match interview with iplt20.com, Harmeet spoke about the bowling strategy in the match today.
On whether KXIP had the advantage of playing at home
Yes, we did have the advantage of playing at home. Mohali has a green track, and it rained yesterday, so there was dampness and movement in the wicket. It was about pitching the ball in the right areas otherwise the ball was doing everything by itself. On Dimitri Mascarenhas’ performance with the ball
Today Dimitri was the man with the golden arm. His first two spells were such that, first, he got the first wicket off the first ball of his first over. He was in good form and was bowling with a good rhythm, so it was about hitting the right areas. He hit the right areas and so he got five wickets.
On the thinking behind having Praveen Kumar bowl his quota of four overs in one spell
Initially, the thinking was to get him to bowl his first three overs and keep one over for later. But then, Dimitri had picked wickets from the other end, so to build the pressure on the batsmen, so that we can take another wicket, PK was asked to bowl his full quota.
On his bowling and form
I am trying to continue in the rhythm in which I am right now. I have to just pitch the ball in the right areas and the wickets will come. On bowling coach Joe Dawes
It has been a good experience. He is a knowledgeable coach and he explains things very elaborately. He tells things based on the situation and the batsman [that you are bowling to], like when should you bowl a yorker to a batsman or a slower ball. He explains things like, in which overs [death overs, powerplays, etc] and what situations how should one bowl. On having played under Adam Gilchrist for Deccan Chargers and now for Kings XI Punjab
Gilly is a legend. His captaincy is very good. He knows and understands what field placements should be made in which situations and which bowler he should get to bowl to which batsman. I have had a good experience playing under him.