The Mumbai Indians suffered a surprise 76-run defeat at the hands of the Kings XI Punjab on Tuesday.
In a clash between the top and bottom teams on the IPL points table, Mumbai were expected to make light work of a Kings XI outfit who came needed to win all of their remaining games to have a chance of making the play-offs.
In the end, quite the opposite occurred.
It was a very un-Mumbai like performance from Sachin Tendulkar’s men; usually so good in the field, two catches were put down while poor decision making with the bat cost the normally calm and collected outfit.
Credit must go to the Kings XI who got off to a solid start having been put in to bat.
Openers Paul Valthaty (14) and Adam Gilchrist (28) gave the middle order something to work with and Shaun Marsh (43) and Dinesh Karthik (31) did just that.
Having got into a strong position at 128 for two after 15 overs, the home side stuttered slightly, losing Marsh and David Hussey in the same over. However, Karthik with a small contribution from the tail-enders were able to post a reasonable competitive total of 163.
Munaf Patel was the pick of the bowlers, pocketing a well deserved five-wicket haul.
The Kings XI’s total proved to be more than enough as Mumbai pressed the self-destruct button over and over again.
Having blasted 19 off the opening two overs it seemed that Mumbai were on track for another victory but with Sachin Tendulkar (6), Rohit Sharma (5) and Aiden Blizzard (15) all falling courtesy of some good bowling the visitors found themselves in trouble early, a position they are not accustomed to being in – and it showed.
Ambati Rayudu had looked ropey between the wickets all night and he cost his side dearly when his late call of ‘no’ when an obvious second was on saw Andrew Symonds (8) stranded halfway down the track.
Perhaps looking to redeem himself for the mistake, Rayudu looked to pull out the big strokes in the following over instead of looking to consolidate but could only top edge an attempted pull to mid-on.
Harbhajan Singh too failed to show a calm head, producing in all too familiar knock – a glorious big hit followed by the antithesis next up, a horrible swipe which saw him fall over in a heap with his stumps disturbed behind him.
All the while, Kieron Pollard remained at the crease and while he was there Mumbai had hope.
The home side gifted the West Indian two lives, with catches going down in the outfield. It was a case of third time is a charm though, with Shaun Marsh showing safe hands at long-on to send the West Indian packing for 17.
The rearguard effort was non-existent as Bhargav Bhatt (four for 22) wrapped up the tail and Gilchrist’s charges were left to enjoy a massive victory that keeps their tournament alive. Cricket365