Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL 2012, Mohali April 25, 2012

Peterson, Rayudu pickpocket Kings XI Punjab


Mumbai Indians 171 for 6 (Sharma 50, Awana 3-39) beat Kings XI Punjab 168 for 3 (Hussey 68*, Miller 34*) by four wickets
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Robin Peterson borrowed shots from his namesake, Kevin Pietersen, as he played a cameo punctuated with switch hits on his IPL debut to snatch victory for the Mumbai Indians. Peterson scored 15 runs off four balls in the penultimate over and Ambati Rayudu smacked two sixes to cost Kings XI 27 runs. The pair took Mumbai from a position where victory seemed unlikely, with 32 runs needed of 12 balls, to where it became an obvious conclusion with only five runs to get in the last over.

After allowing Kings XI Punjab to post their highest total in IPL 2012 with a bowling effort that was dominated by deliveries that were too short, Mumbai were favourites to win when Rohit Sharma was at the crease, marching to his half-century. Parvinder Awana swung the pendulum back towards Kings XI with a double strike in his final over - the 18th - in which he removed both Sharma and Harbhajan Singh. Peterson and Rayudu had the final say though, as they ravaged the 19th over and prevented Kings XI from completing the home and away double against Mumbai this season.

In an innings which mirrored the Kings XI's, Mumbai started solidly, were held up in the middle and blazed their way through to the end. Sachin Tendulkar and James Franklin, who was moved to open the batting in the previous match and stayed there, built a sturdy foundation. Tendulkar started by sweeping Bhargav Bhatt to long-leg, allowing his touches of finesse to shine through. Franklin clipped Praveen Kumar through midwicket and drove Parvinder Awana over the covers and the pair put on a fuss-free fifty-two run stand.

Azhar Mahmood caused some jitters in the Mumbai camp when he had Franklin caught behind off a beautiful delivery that nipped away from him. In his next over, Mahmood accounted for Tendulkar, who got a thin inside edge through to Nitin Saini. Piyush Chawla had Dinesh Karthik caught at short fine leg and Mumbai were no longer in command. It set the stage for Rohit, who had not performed to expectation so far, to step up and he did. He announced his intent by smashing Chawla for a flat six over long-off and helped himself to boundaries off full tosses offered by both Awana and Praveen when they missed their lines.

Rohit was guiding Mumbai to victory when he slashed the ball to Mahmood at backward point and the advantage returned to Kings XI. Harbhajan made little contribution as he top-edged without moving his feet to be caught at long-off and Mumbai seemed to need a little miracle to dig themselves out of the hole Awana created.

Peterson started the seemingly impossible, switch hitting Chawla twice for four and slog sweeping him for six before Rayudu launched the legspinner for back to back sixes. Mahmood made it tough for Mumbai to score the last five but they did so with a ball to spare to claim a memorable win.

Kings XI would have thought they had enough runs at the halfway stage, having scored 88 runs off the last seven overs of their innings. David Hussey and David Miller starred in the last third of the Kings XI innings to give them a competitive total on a slow surface with a fourth-wicket stand that mixed defiance with aggression.

Saini and Mandeep Singh built a sturdy foundation for Kings XI with an opening stand of 35 but Kings XI stagnated when Mandeep was dismissed. They scored just 12 runs in four overs after Mandeep returned to the dug out and crawled to the 10-over mark at 56 for 2. In a surprise move, Harbhajan brought Franklin on to bowl and he slowed Kings XI up further. He bowled four good balls upfront, which yielded only four runs, before Shaun Marsh attempted to slice a ball over the off-side but top-edged it to Harbhajan at cover, who took a swirling catch.

Miller was the perfect for partner for Hussey and showed aggression from the get-go, when he pulled the second ball he faced, a short one from RP, through midwicket. Having seen short balls get punished, Kieron Pollard offered Hussey two more and was clubbed over midwicket and upper cut over third man.

Munaf Patel searched for yorkers but missed his length and dished out full tosses. Miller swiped him over long-on and Hussey did the same, to bring up a well-earned half-century. Clint McKay copied Munaf and got the yorker right on occasion. Still, he did not survive the late assault from Hussey, who steered him third man and made room to hit him over his head for six. Munaf finished the innings having conceded back to back sixes off Miller, who ended unbeaten on 34 off 17 balls.

Firdose Moonda is ESPNcricinfo's South Africa correspondent

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  • Cricinfouser on April 27, 2012, 11:08 GMT


  • Umair on April 27, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    Azhar Mehmood should be playing up in the order. As in BPL he was opening for Dhaka Gladiators. Captain ! please use Azhar abilities he performed exceptionally well in England T20.

  • Thyagarajan on April 27, 2012, 8:13 GMT

    DineshCC: I do understand that there is no "the" formula for success (not just in T20, for that matter, in any form of cricket). However, there is this "generally accepted" thing that is done or not done. Everybody knows leggies take wickets but they do leak runs, not just in T20 even in test cricket. When the opponent has to score close to 40 runs in the last two overs to win, you do what is "generally accepted" and not take a risk. Bringing in a leggie at this stage is a risk. It might have worked if he had taken one or two wickets but chances of winning were much higher if White had simply brought Azhar. Yeah! Who knows Azhar would have gone for 30 runs as well but atleast the talk would be on how badly Azhar bowled rather than saying it was a bad choice by White.

  • Ali on April 26, 2012, 18:04 GMT

    As a Trinidadian, all the comments I am seeing about Harbhajan's poor captaincy is reminding me of Darren Ganga's Captaincy of T&T ...

    poor captaincy , but wins because of stellar individual performances ....

    Unfortunately, I believe just as the case with T&T, it would take a bunch of consecutive losses for the selectors to make the necessary changes ....

    As long as MI continue winning, don't expect to see a change in the Captaincy ... That is just the way cricket works... You never drop a winning captain NEVER ....

  • Dummy4 on April 26, 2012, 15:57 GMT

    it was a great match.... Peterson made the difference... they should try to play with this lineup until Malinga comes back.... Franklin is a better opener compared to rest of the opening partners given to Sachin... (bcoz jacobs, levi and blizzard hasn't been consistent...) ..

  • DINESH on April 26, 2012, 13:47 GMT

    Thyagu5432: It is the fourth match such thing had happened in IPL 2012. 1st it was between MI and Deccan, 2nd it was CSK and RCB, 3rd it was RCB and PWI. In the MI and Deccan match, 19th over was bowled by Steyn and 20th by Dan Christian. What happened? If and Buts are not applicable in T20. Even if Mahmood bowled the 19th over, in the 20th over MI would have plundered 30 runs. Perhaps who knows, in the 19th over itself they would have finished the match.

  • Anver on April 26, 2012, 10:23 GMT

    It was a 50over kind of a start for MI openers !!!! But Rohit set the tempo for this great win !!!!!!!!

  • bala on April 26, 2012, 9:55 GMT

    Bhajji's bowling changes make no sense, giving peterson and franklin just a single over and going with the expensive munaf for the final over, itz the mumbai's explosive batting that saved them in this match.

  • love on April 26, 2012, 9:01 GMT

    I don't understand why people comment in the manner that they are owning the team.Hey guys just enjoy the game and move on for the next battle.They are the international players.they possess some quality that is why they are there.You can not tell sachin, how to play....Good players like bhajji,polard can have there days but greate players like malinga they deal with the years and as far as sachin is concerned,he is one of the greatest of all time,he deals in can't tell him what to do and what not to do....

  • Thyagarajan on April 26, 2012, 8:50 GMT

    What got into Hussey's mind that he brought a leggie to bowl the 19th over? Brain freeze and that was the luck that MI were waiting for. Absolutely lucky. If only, Azhar had bowled the 19th over, MI would never have scored all those runs needed in the last over even if Piyush had bowled.

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