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Marsh’s unbeaten half-century lifts Kings XI Punjab past Mumbai Indians
By IPL desk
Mumbai 22 April 2012
Shaun Marsh once again proved he is the lynchpin of the Kings XI Punjab batting. As his team chased a tricky 164 against the Mumbai Indians’ formidable attack, Marsh anchored KXIP home by six wickets with an unbeaten 68 (40 balls). He took the game away with a six off the first delivery of the final over, before David Miller completed the win with a comfortable double.
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. Scorecard:
Man-of-the-Match: Shaun Marsh for anchoring KXIP’s chase with an unbeaten 68 off 40 balls (5x4; 3x6)
All-round Ganguly leads Pune Warriors India’s charge against Delhi Daredevils
By IPL desk
Mumbai 22 April 2012
Skipper Sourav Ganguly and opener Jesse Ryder led the charge as Pune Warriors India overcame the Delhi Daredevils by 20 runs at the Feroz Shah Kotla. The visitors’ total of 192 for three proved far too much for the hosts to chase on a good batting track.
While DD skipper Virender Sehwag was his usual explosive self up-front, his opening partner Mahela Jayawardene (7) fell to Alfonso Thomas with the scorecard reading 12 for one. However, this brought the in-form Kevin Pietersen to the crease, who, along with Sehwag, upped the run-rate gradually. Both right-handers looked at their dangerous best as they smashed the PWI bowlers to all corners of the park. Their 42-ball 75-run partnership kept DD firmly in the hunt.
Pietersen, who scored a match-winning ton against the Deccan Chargers in his previous game, even hit Angelo Mathews for three big sixes in one over. By the ninth over, Ganguly had used five different bowlers to stem the flow of runs, but he soon took matters into his own hands. The PWI skipper bowled the most memorable delivery of the night as he knocked over Pietersen’s stumps off his first ball of IPL 2012. The Englishman had to depart on 32 (4x1, 3x6) in 22 balls.
Next man in Irfan Pathan did brief damage before he too fell prey to Ganguly. The all-rounder was caught at long-on after he contributed 15 runs off 11 balls (1x6) to the DD cause. Murali Kartik struck soon after, taking a stunning catch off his own bowling to see the back of the dangerous Sehwag (57 off 32 balls) who left the Daredevils tottering at 115 for four. This brought two new batsmen – Ross Taylor and Pawan Negi – to the crease. While Angelo Mathews dropped Negi off the bowling of Ganguly, he made amends for his mistake almost immediately as he ran the young batsman out in the same over with the score at 125 for five.
Thereafter, the required rate kept creeping up as Yogesh Nagar joined Taylor in the middle. Ashish Nehra and Kartik took advantage of this situation and bowled a couple of tidy overs at a time when DD could have done with some big hitting. This led to a desperate heave by Taylor (12 off 12 balls), who ended up holing out to long-on off the bowling of Thomas. At this point, the hosts were struggling at 143 for six. Despite some late hits by Nagar (24) and Naman Ojha (11*), it was too steep a slope for the hosts to climb as PWI registered a 20-run win.
While Thomas ended up with impressive figures of 4-0-22-3, even Ganguly’s bowling effort of 4-0-27-2 proved to be decisive in seeing PWI home.
Earlier, Sehwag won the toss and asked PWI to bat first. On a good batting surface, Irfan Pathan did exceptionally well to bowl a maiden over up front. Left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem added to the pressure from the other end as he conceded just three runs off the second over.
The pressure bore dividends for the home side after PWI opener Robin Uthappa (10) nicked a Morne Morkel delivery to find the gloves of wicketkeeper Naman Ojha.
Meanwhile, Jesse Ryder looked in sublime touch as he gradually found his groove and took the attack to the DD bowlers. He was well supported by Ganguly, who, along with the Kiwi opener, put up a 93-run partnership. During this 63-ball stand, both left-handers managed to plunder runs in all corners of the ground. Ganguly (41 off 35 balls) finally holed out to long-on in an attempt to further accelerate the scoring rate, leaving PWI at 119 for two.
Next batsman Steve Smith picked up where his captain had left off joining Ryder, who had already reached his half-century by that point.
The big shots continued to flow as both Ryder (86 off 58 balls) and Smith (34* off 13 balls) stitched together a 67-run partnership that was only broken in the final over of the innings when the former was bowled by Morkel. The visitors ended up piling up a mammoth score of 193 for three in 20 overs.
Morkel, who ended with figures of 4-0-50-3, was the only DD bowler to bag wickets in the match.