Kings XI Punjab maul Mumbai to stay alive in IPL4

Published: Wednesday, May 11, 2011, 8:03 [IST]
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Mumbai suffer abject humiliation

Chasing a target of 164, Mumbai lost Sachin Tendulkar early when he offered a straight catch to Shaun Marsh at point of Praveen Kumar's bowling. And then after some mindless stroke-play, and incisive bowling ensured that Punjab remain alive for the play-off qualifications.

For Mumbai, Kieron Pollard who leaved a charmed life top-scored with 17 while three other managed to reach the two-figure mark.

For Punjab, left-arm spinner Bhatt inflicted the maximum damage to Mumbai Indians by taking four wickets for just 22 runs in 2.5 overs. He was adjudged the man of the match.

Earlier, Mumbai Indians skipper Sachin Tendulkar won the toss and decided to field first at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium at Mohali. For a moment, it appeared as if the decision had backfired as Gilchrist saw off the first over from Harbhajan and decided to teach Lasith Malinga few lessons. The after it was upto Paul Valthaty who failed once again after a very impressive start to the 2011 Indian Premier League.

Valthaty was dismissed in the fourth over of the match when he was caught by Blizzard tantalisingly close to the boundary line of Munaf Patel. He had scored run-a-ball 14 with three boundaries.

Shaun Marsh joined forces with Gilchrist and the Australian pair, put Mumbai bowlers to the sword and blazed their side through to 92 within 10 overs before Malinga found his rhythm and removed Gilchrist who was uncharacteristically sedate in his run-a-ball 28 knock.

Marsh continued to dominate the Mumbai bowlers and it took an exceptional catch by Pollard of a Munaf Patel delivery in the deep square-leg to get rid of him. He scored 43 of 34 balls with five hits to the fence.

Dinesh Karthik too showed signs of returning to form as he forced his way to 31 of 24 balls. Before being dismissed by Munaf, he had four hits to the fence and one above it.

Munaf Patel, snapped up his fifth wicket of the match, thanks to yet another stunning catch from Kieron Pollard, who it seems has made a habit of pulling out near-impossible catches. This time, the batsman dismissed was Ryan Harris, who made 6 of four deliveries with one boundary to his name.

Malinga returned in the final over of the Punjab innings and dismissed Praveen Kumar as Punjab ended with 163/8 at the end of their innings.

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