IPL desk in Mumbai 22 April 2012 - 08:08pm IST
Report: Match 28 – MI v KXIP
Marsh’s unbeaten half-century lifts Kings XI Punjab past Mumbai Indians
For the beleaguered MI, Sachin Tendulkar’s return to the team brought neither luck nor runs. The champion batsman got a start and got out. With the exception of James Franklin, none of the batsmen came to the party. They missed the services of Lasith Malinga terribly as his replacement Thisara Perera couldn’t take the pressure of bowling the final over.
Kieron Pollard (4-0-14-2) was the only sharp performer with the ball as the rest of the experienced MI bowling attack went for more than eight runs per over.
Two young domestic Indian players, Nitin Saini and Mandeep Singh, got KXIP’s chase off to a solid start with a 48-run stand. But Pollard struck to spoil their party by dismissing Mandeep (24 off 21 balls). Shaun Marsh then took over the baton, and was shortly joined by his fellow Australian, David Hussey, who departed after a sedate 21 (19 balls) and a 58-run partnership.
Marsh continued to hold the innings together even as KXIP needed 45 off the final five overs. Partnering with Hussey, and then, with Miller, he combined calmness with aggression to play some fine shots for his five fours and three sixes.
After MI elected to bat first, James Franklin was in his element as he batted his way to a glorious 79 off 51 balls. He opened the batting with Tendulkar, and together, they put up a stand of 51 runs. The momentum shifted completely when Tendulkar was out after scoring a run-a-ball 23. Rohit Sharma followed him into the hut shortly afterwards. DInesh Karthik played a fine cameo of 35 (20 balls) that included five boundaries.
When Karthik was run-out in the 16th over, MI had 131 runs on board. But Praveen Kumar struck off consecutive balls in the 19th over to dismiss Franklin and Harbhajan Singh (4). Soon, Kieron Pollard (7) was snapped up by Parvinder Awana. This mini-collapse ensured that MI added only 34 runs in their last five overs.
Awana was the pick of the KXIP bowlers with figures of 4-0-23-2, followed by Praveen Kumar (4-0-36-2), who took his share of wickets, but was expensive.
Man-of-the-Match: Shaun Marsh for anchoring KXIP’s chase with an unbeaten 68 off 40 balls (5x4; 3x6)