Indian Premier League - 33rd match

Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians

Mumbai Indians won by 4 wickets (with 1 ball remaining)

Saini and Mandeep 'Mandy' Singh are ready. Peterson to open the bowling

Looking at a few more mails:

Mathan: "What is Harbhajan's role in MI team? batsman or bowler? I a confused. Why do they need him when they have four specialist and 2 part-time bowlers."

And there's more asking why Gibbs isn't playing. If only I could be a fly on the wall in the Mumbai camp.

Rashid: "Gibbs isnt playing because he has fractured his finger. Thats what he says on twitter."

Tushar: "Why the hell are people so critical of Bhajji nowadays ? Agreed he isnt getting many wickets but he contains the batsmen well, plus dont forget the runs he's made as a batsman. And he is a decent captain too, the best that Mumbai can have right now...face it!"

Toss: Kings XI Punjab will bat first. Punjab are unchanged, says Hussey.

Harbhajan announced two changes for Mumbai. Robin Petersen and Clint McKay are playing. Pragyan Ojha misses out.

Of course, going by the trend in this tournament, you never know the final line-up till it pops up on television.

Thisara Perera has also been left out for Mumbai. They are back to four foreign players.

Stiaan: "When is Gibbs ever going to play??"

3.15pm: Match No.33 in the IPL 5. Mumbai Indians are in Mohali to take on Kings XI Punjab. Thanks for joining us. The toss is on in 15 minutes.

Mumbai are two defeats down and also looking to get back at Punjab after their loss at the Wankhede. Lasith Malinga is unlikely to play today because he's set to arrive in India only today. Read more in the preview.

0.1

Peterson to Saini, no run, driven firmly but straight to cover, full delivery

0.2

Peterson to Saini, no run, Saini slips as he sweeps, totally lost his balance there

0.3

Peterson to Saini, 1 run, full on middle and leg and whipped away towards midwicket

No slip for Mandeep

0.4

Peterson to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, too full on the pads and worked wide of mid-on, fielder at the deep mops up

0.5

Peterson to Saini, 1 run, down the track and steered towards point where Tendulkar slides and cuts it off, always a louder cheer when he's in play

0.6

Peterson to Mandeep Singh, no run, pushed back to the bowler, quiet first over for Punjab

End of over 1 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 3/0 (RR: 3.00)
Mandeep Singh    1* (2b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0
N Saini    2* (4b)     

RP to bowl

1.1

Singh to Saini, FOUR, that's a gift, the fine leg is up and he what does he do? Bowl it down the leg side, easily whipped away over the fielder

1.2

Singh to Saini, no run, this one jagged back in sharply and he had to hop at the crease to fend it off

1.3

Singh to Saini, no run, the away movement teases him as he flashes and misses

1.4

Singh to Saini, 1 run, chases the movement again as he chops it down towards third man

1.5

Singh to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, a bit too straight and he whips it away towards deep midwicket

1.6

Singh to Saini, no run, good length on the stumps and chopped to the off side

End of over 2 (6 runs) Kings XI Punjab 9/0 (RR: 4.50)
N Saini    7* (9b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-6-0
Mandeep Singh    2* (3b)      RJ Peterson    1-0-3-0

2.1

McKay to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, that's a gift from McKay, too short and the pitch isn't the quickest either, picks the length and clubs it over midwicket

2.2

McKay to Mandeep Singh, no run, punches it towards cover and he Mandeep sets off and wisely heads back to his crease, fielder under-arms the throw to the stumps

2.3

McKay to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, makes himself room and he gets a thick outside edge that flies past the keeper, a slip would have been handy there

2.4

McKay to Mandeep Singh, 2 runs, on the stumps and he whips it away wide of square leg for a couple

2.5

McKay to Mandeep Singh, no run, keeps it straight and he clips it to the on side

2.6

McKay to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, poor delivery again, short and too straight, he has the time to pull it behind square and the fine leg is up

End of over 3 (14 runs) Kings XI Punjab 23/0 (RR: 7.66)
Mandeep Singh    16* (9b 3x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-14-0
N Saini    7* (9b 1x4)      RP Singh    1-0-6-0

3.1

Singh to Saini, no run, makes a bit of room and chops it down to the off side

3.2

Singh to Saini, 1 run, pulls and length delivery and he picks the length early, Peterson's there in the deep, nice looking shot though

3.3

Singh to Mandeep Singh, no run, bowls it straight and he can only punch it back to the bowler

3.4

Singh to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, was that a chance? You could say that, Harbhajan tries to hang on to one hammered to him at short midwicket, looked like the ball just dropped short of him

3.5

Singh to Saini, no run

3.6

Singh to Saini, 1 run, another short-arm pull and he finds Peterson at deep square leg, not quite short enough

Hetal: "Why is Surya Yadav not playing? He was touted as the next Sehwag and now he is warming bench. And that too for Harbhajan, who should retire from all forms of cricket. He has taken 1 wicket so far, has dropped catches and hardly made a difference with the bat. Captaincy is below par. And behaviour on pitch - atrocious. Remember Sanga incident?"

End of over 4 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 26/0 (RR: 6.50)
N Saini    9* (13b 1x4)      RP Singh    2-0-9-0
Mandeep Singh    17* (11b 3x4)      CJ McKay    1-0-14-0

4.1

Patel to Saini, 2 runs, he makes room straightaway and lofts him over extra cover, didn't get as much behind the shot as he would have liked but enough to clear the infield

4.2

Patel to Saini, 1 run, outside edge and he runs it down to third man, how about a slip?

4.3

Patel to Mandeep Singh, no run

4.4

Patel to Mandeep Singh, FOUR, he makes the mistake of giving himself width and he smashes that down to deep point

4.5

Patel to Mandeep Singh, 1 run, clips it towards midwicket

4.6

Patel to Saini, 1 no ball, he oversteps! Full delivery on the stumps and he squeezes it back to the bowler

4.6

Patel to Saini, no run, couldn't make use of the Freehit, short ball which he tries to pull and he misses it completely

End of over 5 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 35/0 (RR: 7.00)
N Saini    12* (17b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-9-0
Mandeep Singh    22* (14b 4x4)      RP Singh    2-0-9-0

5.1

Singh to Mandeep Singh, no run

5.2

Singh to Mandeep Singh, OUT, that's an off dismissal, RP saw the batsman give the charge and bowls it wide outside off, Mandeep had to really stretch out to whack that and only managed a thick edge to the keeper

Mandeep Singh c †Karthik b Singh 22 (22m 16b 4x4 0x6) SR: 137.50

5.3

Singh to Marsh, FOUR, nice way to ease off the mark, half volley on the pads and he uses his wrists well and whips it wide of square leg

First slip is a bit wide

5.4

Singh to Marsh, 1 run, full and he steers it just wide of the fielder at point

5.5

Singh to Saini, FOUR, dishes out a short one down the leg side, neat pull down to fine leg where the Punjab dug-out is, poor length on this slow pitch and the line was bad because the fine leg was up

5.6

Singh to Saini, no run, keeps a touch low before reaching the keeper

It's the Time Out

Gopal: "Munaf and Harbhajan seem to enjoy each other's company like back benchers in a classroom do."

End of over 6 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 44/1 (RR: 7.33)
N Saini    16* (19b 2x4)      RP Singh    3-0-18-1
SE Marsh    5* (2b 1x4)      MM Patel    1-0-9-0

6.1

Patel to Marsh, no run, that's a nice length and line, pitched up and in the channel just wide of off stump, well left

6.2

Patel to Marsh, no run, good length outside the off stump and he gets good carry to the keeper again, funny old pitch this

6.3

Patel to Marsh, no run, gets behind the line and clips it to the on side

6.4

Patel to Marsh, no run, good length on the off stump and pushed back to the bowler

6.5

Patel to Marsh, no run, pushed towards midwicket, shaping to be a good over

6.6

Patel to Marsh, no run, excellent over, tucks Marsh up for room, the ball clips his thigh and lobs towards slip

End of over 7 (maiden) Kings XI Punjab 44/1 (RR: 6.28)
SE Marsh    5* (8b 1x4)      MM Patel    2-1-9-0
N Saini    16* (19b 2x4)      RP Singh    3-0-18-1

7.1

McKay to Saini, no run, good length outside off and steered down to short third man

7.2

McKay to Saini, 1 run, slower and shorter and he pulls and keeps it down, Rayudu's there at the deep to pick up

7.3

McKay to Marsh, 1 run, came on a bit slow and he easily steered it past slip and down to third man, Marsh slips as he turns for a second run, Saini slipped too earlier trying to sweep

7.4

McKay to Saini, OUT, Munaf just about hangs on! Saina tries to hook a short delivery and he takes his eyes off the ball and gets a top edge that swirls to fine leg, Munaf was under it and the ball very nearly popped out

N Saini c Patel b McKay 17 (35m 22b 2x4 0x6) SR: 77.27

7.5

McKay to Marsh, no run, steered towards Pollard at point, they decide against the single

7.6

McKay to Marsh, no run, punches it solidly back to the bowler

End of over 8 (2 runs) Kings XI Punjab 46/2 (RR: 5.75)
SE Marsh    6* (11b 1x4)      CJ McKay    2-0-16-1
DJ Hussey    0* (0b)      MM Patel    2-1-9-0

8.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, tossed up and he works it down to long-on

8.2

Harbhajan Singh to Marsh, 1 run, gets well forward and he drives him down to sweeper cover

8.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, gets forward and clips it down to long-on

8.4

Harbhajan Singh to Marsh, 1 run, chips down the track and he works it down to deep midwicket

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 wide, fires it wide down the leg side

8.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, on middle and leg and flicks it down to deep midwicket

8.6

Harbhajan Singh to Marsh, 1 run, goes back and whips it down to long-on

Gilchrist, speaking on television just said his recovery was shaping well but couldn't say when he would return

End of over 9 (7 runs) Kings XI Punjab 53/2 (RR: 5.88)
SE Marsh    9* (14b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-7-0
DJ Hussey    3* (3b)      CJ McKay    2-0-16-1

9.1

Pollard to Marsh, no run, false shot by Marsh, the ball angles away and beats the bat as he tries to knock it to the off side

9.2

Pollard to Marsh, 1 run, gets beside the line and steers it to third man

9.3

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, full outside off and he drives down to sweeper cover

9.4

Pollard to Marsh, 1 run, slower one down the leg side and he whips it down to deep square leg

9.5

Pollard to Hussey, no run, tucks him up for room and he chops it to the off side

9.6

Pollard to Hussey, no run, beats him this time, close to cut and the ball fizzes past the edge

Gilchrist also said that he had never torn a hamstring before, this time he pulled both

End of over 10 (3 runs) Kings XI Punjab 56/2 (RR: 5.60)
DJ Hussey    4* (6b)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-0
SE Marsh    11* (17b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    1-0-7-0

10.1

Harbhajan Singh to Marsh, 1 run, tossed up down the leg side and swept to fine leg

10.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, full on middle and leg and worked to deep midwicket

10.3

Harbhajan Singh to Marsh, 1 run, takes a few paces down the pitch and checks his shot to long-on

10.4

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, SIX, heads up! Tossed up on the off stump and Hussey was on his knee early and slogs him high over deep midwicket

10.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, he flicks it down to backward square leg

10.6

Harbhajan Singh to Marsh, 1 run, short outside off and he cuts to backward point

End of over 11 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 67/2 (RR: 6.09)
SE Marsh    14* (20b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-18-0
DJ Hussey    12* (9b 1x6)      KA Pollard    1-0-3-0

11.1

Pollard to Marsh, no run, optimistic appeal by Pollard, pitched outside leg and hit the pads wide of the stumps as he tried to work it away

11.2

Pollard to Marsh, 2 runs, one-handed slog from the left-hander and it was heading to the rope at wide long-on but Franklin was brilliant, slid and parried it to deep midwicket

11.3

Pollard to Marsh, 1 run, works it down to deep midwicket

11.4

Pollard to Hussey, no run, Hussey exposed his stumps and the ball nipped back in and hits his back pad, only the bowler appealed but that wasn't hitting

11.5

Pollard to Hussey, FOUR, aims for the yorker on the pads but the wrong ball to bowl with the fine leg up, gentle tickle sent it to fine leg

11.6

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, runs a length delivery down to third man

James: "Why has Peterson not been brought back? Only 3 runs in the opening over and then removed from the attack- not great captaincy."

End of over 12 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 75/2 (RR: 6.25)
DJ Hussey    17* (12b 1x4 1x6)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-0
SE Marsh    17* (23b 1x4)      Harbhajan Singh    2-0-18-0

Still no Peterson. It's Franklin

12.1

Franklin to Hussey, 2 runs, too wide outside off and he chops it down to sweeper cover

12.2

Franklin to Hussey, 1 run, makes room and chips down the track and ends up steering it to deep point

12.3

Franklin to Marsh, no run, back of a length on the stumps and he pushes it to point

12.4

Franklin to Marsh, no run

12.5

Franklin to Marsh, 1 wide, slower ball down the leg side and Marsh fails to punish that away

12.5

Franklin to Marsh, OUT, they've got the danger man, Marsh stays at the crease and tries to loft it over the off side, the ball didn't come onto the bat and hence resulted in a top edge that swirled to Harbhajan at cover

SE Marsh c Harbhajan Singh b Franklin 17 (35m 26b 1x4 0x6) SR: 65.38

David Miller walks in

12.6

Franklin to Hussey, 1 run, length delivery and he pulls it down to deep midwicket

End of over 13 (5 runs) Kings XI Punjab 80/3 (RR: 6.15)
DJ Hussey    21* (15b 1x4 1x6)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-1
DA Miller    0* (0b)      KA Pollard    2-0-11-0

13.1

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run, tries to sweep but fails to make proper contact

13.2

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, no run

13.3

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, bat-pad but it lobbed away to safety, no close fielders

13.4

Harbhajan Singh to Miller, 1 run, gets on his knee and sweeps firmly to the deep

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 5 wides, Harbhajan bowls it down the leg side and it beats the keeper but it appeared as if he was taking out his frustration on Karthik, poor ball to be honest, he should be blaming himself

13.5

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 2 runs, drives this one down to deep backward point

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 wide, down the leg side and wide called

13.6

Harbhajan Singh to Hussey, 1 run, outside off and pushed to backward point

It's the Time Out

They should have got in Azhar Mahmood earlier.

Arun: "Must say have been impressed with Franklin. I was a critic myself with his inclusion in the team since last year. But he's got us out of mess on more than one occassion. Played a key role to get us into the play offs last IPL and then to win the CLT20. Plus, like most NZ players, performances speak more than words, always maintains a low profile."

End of over 14 (11 runs) Kings XI Punjab 91/3 (RR: 6.50)
DJ Hussey    25* (20b 1x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-29-0
DA Miller    1* (1b)      JEC Franklin    1-0-5-1

14.1

Singh to Hussey, 1 wide, fires that wide outside off, too short and the ball angles away from him

14.1

Singh to Hussey, no run, this time he brings it closer to the off stump, Hussey nearly slashes that to the keeper

14.2

Singh to Hussey, 1 run, gets beside the line and cuts it down to sweeper cover

14.3

Singh to Miller, FOUR, bangs it short and he swivels and clubs it over midwicket, he leaps but the ball cleared him proper, down to deep midwicket

14.4

Singh to Miller, no run, good ball, fizzed up and nearly shaved the outside edge, cramped him for room as well

14.5

Singh to Miller, 2 runs, punches it down to deep extra cover for a couple

14.6

Singh to Miller, 1 run, another short one and he pulls but the ball dips towards deep square leg

End of over 15 (9 runs) Kings XI Punjab 100/3 (RR: 6.66)
DA Miller    8* (5b 1x4)      RP Singh    4-0-27-1
DJ Hussey    26* (22b 1x4 1x6)      Harbhajan Singh    3-0-29-0

15.1

Pollard to Miller, 1 run, quietly knocks it down to square leg for a single, Punjab need a few big overs now

15.2

Pollard to Hussey, 2 runs, makes room and Pollard follows him by bowling it on the body, clips it away past square leg for a easy couple

15.3

Pollard to Hussey, SIX, the boundary ball he was looking for, too short on this slow pitch and he clubs it over deep midwicket, plenty of takers in the crowd to catch that

15.4

Pollard to Hussey, FOUR, good improvisation, another short one and Hussey was down the track and he adjusted by upper cutting it over the vacant slips region

15.5

Pollard to Hussey, 1 run, full and hammered down to long-on

15.6

Pollard to Miller, 2 runs, on the pads and whipped to deep midwicket, 16 off that over

End of over 16 (16 runs) Kings XI Punjab 116/3 (RR: 7.25)
DA Miller    11* (7b 1x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-27-0
DJ Hussey    39* (26b 2x4 2x6)      RP Singh    4-0-27-1

16.1

McKay to Hussey, 1 run, fullish on the off stump and mistimed down to long-on, turned the face of the bat a little

16.2

McKay to Miller, no run, slower ball and the batsman makes room and chips down the track and chops it to the off side

16.3

McKay to Miller, 1 run, slower ball and he controls the pull down to deep square leg

16.4

McKay to Hussey, 1 run, full and he makes room and crashes that down to sweeper cover, came off the middle of the bat

16.5

McKay to Miller, 1 run, on the pads and Miller whips it down to deep midwicket

16.6

McKay to Hussey, FOUR, the fourth ball was the build-up to this one, full and wide and he makes room to bash that alon the turf wide of sweeper cover, had to use a lot of power behind that shot

End of over 17 (8 runs) Kings XI Punjab 124/3 (RR: 7.29)
DJ Hussey    45* (29b 3x4 2x6)      CJ McKay    3-0-24-1
DA Miller    13* (10b 1x4)      KA Pollard    3-0-27-0

17.1

Patel to Miller, no run, tries to fetch a yorker from outside off but could only squeeze it back to the bowler

17.2

Patel to Miller, SIX, lovely shot! Low full toss and he had made room to swipe that over wide long-on, got good distance

Miller gets a replacement bat

17.3

Patel to Miller, 1 run, another low full toss and he tries to repeat the stroke but this time it bounces towards long-on

17.4

Patel to Hussey, SIX, for some reason Munaf's dishing out only full tosses, Hussey makes room and lofts him to the sight screen with little effort, brings up his fifty too

17.5

Patel to Hussey, 2 runs, Guess what? Another full toss, only this time it didn't cost a boundary, mistimed towards deep midwicket

17.6

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, no full toss this time, slower length delivery steered to the off side

End of over 18 (16 runs) Kings XI Punjab 140/3 (RR: 7.77)
DJ Hussey    54* (32b 3x4 3x6)      MM Patel    3-1-25-0
DA Miller    20* (13b 1x4 1x6)      CJ McKay    3-0-24-1

So Punjab get those big overs we were talking about. Two more to go

18.1

McKay to Hussey, no run, good yorker, he can only jam it out towards his boot

18.2

McKay to Hussey, 1 run, full and wide outside off and he makes a lot of room and jams it to the off side

18.3

McKay to Miller, 1 run, slower ball and he fetches that from the off stump and pulls hard to deep midwicket

18.4

McKay to Hussey, FOUR, great improvisation! He was expecting the fuller delivery so he stayed at the crease, opened the face of the bat at the last second and deliberately steered it past the keeper

18.5

McKay to Hussey, no run, fullish delivery and knocked back to the bowler, good comeback by McKay

18.6

McKay to Hussey, SIX, take cover at long-off! Hussey makes room and slams a full delivery over the bowler's head, goes several rows back

End of over 19 (12 runs) Kings XI Punjab 152/3 (RR: 8.00)
DJ Hussey    65* (37b 4x4 4x6)      CJ McKay    4-0-36-1
DA Miller    21* (14b 1x4 1x6)      MM Patel    3-1-25-0

19.1

Patel to Miller, 1 run, low full toss wide outside off and jammed to cover

Meanwhile on feedback the Harbhajan-bashing continues

19.2

Patel to Hussey, 2 runs, slower ball and pulled towards deep midwicket and Miller had to dive at the crease, a direct hit would have sent him back

19.3

Patel to Hussey, no run, very lucky to get away with that wide delivery, down the leg side and Hussey followed it and failed to put it away, should have been called

19.4

Patel to Hussey, 1 run, slower one and he made room and mistimed it to the on side

19.5

Patel to Miller, SIX, Miller justifying his elevation, flat six this time, full toss and he makes room and clubs it over long-on

19.6

Patel to Miller, SIX, that's Kings XI's highest score in this edition, Munaf errs by bowling a friendly length delivery and Miller clubs that over deep midwicket, another flat six

Mumbai will feel they gave away too many toward the end. Hussey and Miller were in top form and this score should be very competitive. Odd bowling changes though. Why did Peterson bowl just one over? Was he injured? No idea yet.

This pitch is slow and the Punjab bowlers should be careful with the short deliveries. Join us in ten minutes.

End of over 20 (16 runs) Kings XI Punjab 168/3
DA Miller    34* (17b 1x4 3x6)      MM Patel    4-1-41-0
DJ Hussey    68* (40b 4x4 4x6)      CJ McKay    4-0-36-1
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Apr 25, 2012

Robin Peterson celebrates a stunning victory with his team-mates, Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Mohali, April 25, 2012

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Robin Peterson transformed the game with his late hitting, Kings XI Punjab v Mumbai Indians, IPL, Mohali, April 25, 2012

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