MI overpower Kings by 23 runs

Published: Monday, May 2, 2011, 19:33 [IST]
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MI overpower Kings by 23 runs

The Kings XI Punjab began their chase of 160 in a diffident manner with Harbhajan Singh trapping Adam Gilchrist in front for a duck, making the score 1/1 in 0.5 overs. After an uneventful second over, Shaun Marsh got Lasith Malinga away for two consecutive boundaries. Soon afterward, a struggling Paul Valthaty was dropped by Munaf Patel at cover as the score read 18/1 in 5 overs.

Marsh tried to up the flagging run-rate with a four each off Munaf Patel and Abu Nechim Ahmed and then Valthaty finally followed suit, with two back-to-back boundaries off Munaf, taking the score to 43/1 in 8 overs. Then Valthaty smashed a six off T Suman to bring up the Kings 50 in the 9th over.

In the 11th over, Symonds came in for some tap with Marsh clobbering him for a four and Valthaty lofting him for a straight six. But then the bowler had Valthaty caught by Pollard for 33 off 38 balls as the score read 73/2 in 10.5 overs. In the 13th over, David Hussey was caught brilliantly by Rohit Sharma off Symonds for 2 off 5 as the Kings were placed on a precarious 79/3 in 12.3 overs.

More disaster ensued in the next over when Kireon Pollard trapped Karthik in front for 1 with the Kings at 83/4 in 13.2 overs, still needing 77 off 40 balls. New batsman Abhisehk Nayar and Marsh pressed on with Nayar knocking a four off Pollard in the 14th and Marsh striking two boundaries off Abu Nechim Ahmed.

Then the two batsman teamed up to each take a four off Harbhajan before the spinner returned to have Nayar brilliantly caught by Symonds at cover for 14 off 9 balls. The Kings were 113/5 in 16 overs, still requiring 47 off 24 balls.Then Malinga came to the party, knocking back the off-stump of Bipul Sharma for 1 and having Marsh caught by Tendulkar for 61 off 47 balls. The Kings still needed 29 runs from just 7 balls with Harris the new man in. He and Chawla could only manage to put together 4 runs off the last over for the loss of Harris for 1. Thus, the Kings had fallen short by 23 runs.

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