Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2011, Mohali May 10, 2011

Sloppy Mumbai succumb in big upset


Kings XI Punjab 163 for 8 (Marsh 43, Karthik 31, Munaf 5-21) beat Mumbai Indians 87 (Bhatt 4-22)
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

After a glut of predictable snooze-fests, the IPL produced the kind of upset the Twenty20 format is made for, with Kings XI Punjab, placed tenth at the start of the game, producing a strong performance to trounce the table-toppers, Mumbai Indians. Punjab came out determined against Mumbai's gun bowlers - Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh - and scrapped their way towards a solid base, before Munaf Patel's five-for kept them to 163. In reply, Mumbai combusted in a rash of ridiculous shots to concede two points on a platter, keeping Punjab's campaign alive.

It was the kind of score Punjab would have taken at the toss, given how badly out of form their batting had been in recent games. It gave them the rare luxury of something to bowl at, and they responded with purpose and vigour. Aiden Blizzard produced three edgy boundaries in the first over from Praveen Kumar, but things went rapidly downhill from there for Mumbai's batsmen. Sachin Tendulkar guided an innocuous delivery from Praveen straight to backward point in the third over, before Adam Gilchrist pulled off an alert stumping to send Rohit Sharma on his way. When Blizzard was adjudged out nicking a leg-side ball from Praveen in the fifth over, Mumbai had slumped to 27 for 3, and there was no middle-order counter-attack to put them back on track.

Even a couple of dropped chances and a missed run-out did not spark a revival, and the exit of Andrew Symonds, Ambati Rayudu and T Suman in successive overs set up a happy evening for the Mohali faithfuls.

Punjab's defiance was captured earlier in the day, in the way Gilchrist fronted up to Lasith Malinga. The bowler of the tournament screamed in for the second over of Punjab's innings, and delivered it full and wide of off stump. The out-of-form Gilchrist rolled back the years by moving across and slicing it through point. The next ball was hit even more fiercely, but it found the fielder. Buoyed by the confidence of having middled two balls, Gilchrist took guard outside the crease for the next delivery. It was a yorker, followed by a bouncer that clattered Gilchrist on the back of his helmet. He was stunned for a moment and floored for a minute, but he got a new helmet and carried on. Punjab were not going to flinch today.

Paul Valthaty did his bit to kick-start the innings before perishing in Munaf's first over, pulling him straight to deep midwicket. Gilchrist carried on though he was clearly not at his best, struggling to pick Harbhajan's straighter ones, and to adapt to the drop in pace once Malinga exited the attack. Symonds let him off on one of those indiscretions, when Gilchrist drove Dhawal Kulkarni uppishly into the covers. Gilchrist celebrated by launching Rohit Sharma for a straight six, while Shaun Marsh checked in by creaming Kulkarni twice through the off side.

Malinga returned and produced the breakthrough, hurling down another pacy bouncer which Gilchrist feathered behind. Marsh had found his range by then, and seamlessly took charge of the innings along with Dinesh Karthik. Blizzard made things easier for Punjab, dropping Karthik when he top-edged Kieron Pollard. Karthik capitalised by sweeping and reverse-sweeping Suman for successive fours in the 14th over, as Punjab coiled for the final assault. It was the cue for the Munaf show to begin.

Marsh welcomed Munaf to the crease by crashing the first ball of his second spell through the covers, before imparting a violent thump to another half-tracker, to send it sailing along towards the deep midwicket fence. Pollard had his own ideas, though, running at full tilt, diving to his right and intercepting the ball with both hands, to pull off one of the best catches of the tournament. That sparked Mumbai's best phase in the game, as Munaf used clever changes in length and pace to cut through the lower order. He dismissed David Hussey for a duck, before foxing Karthik and Ryan Harris into scooping catches into the outfield. Munaf's efforts had restricted Punjab to just 39 off the last five overs, but Mumbai's spectacular batting collapse meant it counted for nothing.

Nitin Sundar is a sub-editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • vinod on May 12, 2011, 10:12 GMT

    @MI for all mumbai hypocrites ...who stopped MI from using from using pollard or symonds in the top order ....if MI remove one man named Malinga from their squad they have no chance of qualifying for the playoffs ...MI depends completely on malinga for their start in bowling .....csk has given ashwin ,vijay,badri,tyagi,joginder ...gony(last year) partiv(last year) have all made it to the odi squad ....let MI win atleast one finals then u ppl brag about mumbai ...there is no chance for mumbai to win any IPL or CLt with there current captain .....any team can use only 4 foreign players ....all others are local talent only ....for any team mostly the openers will be the top scorers ...even if sachin plays down the order he may not be leading scorer with bat ....together with hussey vijay badri and raina had also performed well ...CSK is not aone man show is a team effort .....a team which a has won a IPL,CLT, fairplay awards ....first Indian captain to raise the cup ......

  • sugumar on May 12, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    @vind_2801 you are absolutely right my friend that (candyfloss) is very jealous about chennai super kings, and also the fact that they have achieved nothing thats why he is crying leave him he is a "comedy piece" like what vadivel says in one of his movies, csk rocks

  • Bheem on May 12, 2011, 8:29 GMT

    @Virag - I completely agree with you that Tendulkar and MI believe in nurturing their Indian players (including youngsters like Murtaza, Nechim, Kulkarni... Tiwari and Rayadu last year). But I disagree with you on Tendulkar's captaincy. He isn't the best captain tactically in the IPL, but he leads from the front with enthusiasm and commitment, and is in fact irreplacable as MI captain (as no one else in MI can handle the burden + responsibility of boosting the local Indian talent). MI lose when they drop their catches (IPL final last year, the CLT20, matches vs Kochi and Punjab) or when Tendulkar gets out very early (vs RR and Punjab) and others are unable to hold the innings together. In the play-offs this year too, I'm pretty sure it will be their catching and early-phase batting that will hold the key.

  • Dummy4 on May 12, 2011, 7:02 GMT

    for all the chennai hyprocrites.. MI promote local talent ahead of foreigners. If they utilise pollard and symonds up the order , CSK will not even know what hit them. CSK is living off their forgein players ( their top scorer is hussey, and they are the only team to use three frontline forgein bowlers in bollinger,morkel ,southee/randiv/kulasekara). The only domestic players they have promoted are badri and ashwin. MI has given rayadu, tiwary, kulkarni,murtaza the list goes on. even now tendulkar tries to give more exposure to indian players like suman, satish, nechim, kulkarni, murtaza who have not made it to the indian team. I repeat if MI use their foreign players to the maximum, IPL is a cake walk for them. The only reason Chennai won last time was Dhoni. THe only reason MI can lose this time is Sachin(the Captain). Thats their weakest link.

  • vinod on May 12, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    @candyfloss CSK has more local players from chennai which include ashwin ,m.Vijay badri ,srikant ,Balaji(till last year) in the playing 11 but MI SACHIN and Rohit are the lonely local players...CSK is a team which thrives in local talent . First encourage ur local players then talk abt winning the cup ....know the facts right before commenting .....v have the the best captain who can use his brain properly ....

  • madhu on May 12, 2011, 1:39 GMT

    how mumbai can speak about csk!!!!!mi the only team which has two matches against weak opponents in leagues.they have only one against csk,kkr that too in their have no right to talk about play offs in chennai.dont forget that last year final held in people lost the match.even if final takes place in mumbai this year mi surely not going to win.csk going to retain the title!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Jay on May 11, 2011, 19:31 GMT

    Punjab team needs STRONG bowlers and currently they have the WEAKEST set of Indian players in the whole IPL. I feel Pakistani players with Punjabi background should be allowed to represent Kings XI. Please BCCI, throw away your egos and dirty politics and allow talented cricketers from Pakistan to play in IPL. Don't punish innocents cause of some eccentrics and fools. Real stars deserve a home in the IPL.

  • Bheem on May 11, 2011, 19:17 GMT

    @MaxMaverick and @sugumarizing... no chauvinism here... just stating facts... Chennai are indeed the IPL Champions, and a damn good side. But as even Adam Gilchrist has said, MI have been the benchmark setters for performance in the IPL since 2010... although just lately RCB are looking the best. I was in fact responding to @sugum's rant. And it is a fact that even journalists have been reporting since last year... that Srinivasan's presence is a massive conflict of interest, and an unfair advantage for the SuperKings. Frankly, the IPL should follow the EPL norm... since it is a league, the Crown should go to the best side over 14 testing games... especially since T20 is an inherently unpredictable game where most sides can beat each other in a one-off game. Or we should emulate another respected league... and have playoff finals like the NBA... say best of 3 between the top 2 sides. That would be fairest.

  • Alex on May 11, 2011, 13:36 GMT

    Punjab can be great team if they remove pyesh chawla , P kumar and many other indian players. Indian players in the punjabteam sucks except valthaty and bhatt.

    They need to find one real fast international bowler from pakistan if pakisanis are allowed. May be some unknown international fast bowler who can bowl at 150kmph. and few better middle order indian players. Once marsh and valthaty goes they rarely wins. With decent middle order they can play fearlessly. Punjab is the team to watch out for next year.

  • S.rao on May 11, 2011, 12:51 GMT

    @sugumarrising Really?? How many times has chennai won the ranji trophy??IPL is hit and giggle cricket,first try and contribute a decent player to the Indian team before running your mouth against Mumbai and Dhoni is from Jarkhand,you guys couldnt find a homegrown player to lead your team anyway.

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