Punjab v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Dharamsala

Kings XI go down with a bang

The Report by Sidharth Monga

May 18, 2013

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Kings XI Punjab 183 for 8 (Mahmood 80, Marsh 63) beat Mumbai Indians 133 (Chawla 2-20, Mahmood 2-24, Gilchrist 1-0) by 50 runs
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Azhar Mahmood strikes a powerful shot, Royal Challengers Bangalore v Kings XI Punjab, IPL 2013, Bangalore, May 14, 2013
File photo: Azhar Mahmood scored 80 off 44 © BCCI

On the last day of Adam Gilchrist's IPL career, another veteran, Azhar Mahmood, scored 80 off 44 balls to give Kings XI Punjab a consolation win over Mumbai Indians. Gilchrist, though, had the last word on the night. When Mumbai needed 51 off the last over, Gilchrist asked Praveen Kumar to keep wicket, and bowled offbreaks. Offbreak, to be more precise, because Harbhajan - the last man because Dhawal Kulkarni wasn't batting - lofted the first ball he bowled to long-on. Cue laughter, celebration, joy, and from Gilchrist an improvised version of Harbhajan's version of Gangnam-style. He also mimicked Kieron Pollard's celebration.

The match held absolutely no bearing on the rest of the tournament. Mumbai had already qualified in the top two, and Kings XI had already been knocked out. Mumbai now go to Delhi to play Chennai Super Kings in the first qualifier, and even if they lose it they get another shot at making it to the final.

Assisting the veteran Mahmood was the Kings XI Punjab veteran, Shaun Marsh, who scores a fifty every third IPL innings. Today's 63 off 47 was his 17th in 49 efforts. Along with Mahmood he helped Kings XI recover from the early troube of 6 for 2 in the third over. Marsh took the early lead, hitting six fours in the Powerplay, reaching 28 off 20. He dominated the strike too: Mahmood was yet to get off the mark.

When Mahmood did open up, he took on the best Mumbai bowler, Lasith Malinga. A top-edged pull for six was followed by three fours, a slice past point, a drive through cover, and a glance fine of fine leg. By now 6 for 2 had become 63 for 2 in eight overs.

Mumbai weren't helped by Dhawal Kulklarni's walking off with a back trouble. They are already struggling with injury to Sachin Tendulkar. Even Dwayne Smith hasn't played the last two games. The fifth bowler, a combine of Kulkarni, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard and Glenn Maxwell, went for 53 runs. Maxwell paid the worst price, going for 18 in the 13th over with Mahmood hitting him for six, six and four in consecutive deliveries.

In the next over, both the batsmen got reprieves, dropped by IPL debutant Nathan Coulter-Nile and Harbhajan. Coulter-Nile came back to be smacked for consecutive fours by Mahmood. The century was on for Mahmood when he missed a Malinga full toss in the 18th over. Kings XI got a satisfactory 27 off the last 16 balls.

Mumbai's non-regular openers, Maxwell and Aditya Tare fell inside the first four overs. Ambati Rayudu, promoted because he generally doesn't get to bat much, couldn't covert his start and gloved a bouncer through to Gilchrist. A Dinesh Karthik duck later, it was down to regular Mumbai saviours, Rohit and Pollard. Piyush Chawla bowled Rohit with a quicker delivery, and Pollard fell under the pressure of rising asking rate. Mahmood signed off the night with his 200th T20 wicket when he bowled Coulter-Nile in the 19th over.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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Posted by Rammi185 on (May 19, 2013, 5:37 GMT)

Congratulation gilly !!!! really hats off to you.....not only one of the outstanding wicketkeper / Batsman but a great bowler also :P.......i was always dying to see your dangerous batting against your opposition.... You will be my number one choice player.....and its a vry sad :( for me i won't see you again on the pitch as a opener. :) you were truly a best captain for Kings XII Punjab. hope other players definately missd u in next ipl. they were very lucky to play under your captainancy. all the best for your future and you will be very missed :( and i love your gangam style it was the amazing thing in ipl. hopelly u will come again as a mentor of kings Xii punjab. gud bye...

Posted by Sudhir65 on (May 19, 2013, 2:34 GMT)

Congratulations on a great career, Mr. Gilchrist and thanks for entertaining us. Good luck in your retirement. Would love to see you back in some role in future IPLs.

IPL gains a lot by presence of decent gentleman like you, Sir.

Posted by Playfair on (May 18, 2013, 23:19 GMT)

Sad to see Adam Gilchrist go, awesome player and a great ambassador for the game. Another cricketing great retires to the history books.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 22:31 GMT)

A legend indeed..he has an aura of his own..An attacking batsmen,skillfully the best wicketkeeper behind the stumps,a truely amazing leader..he is full of energy,vibrance,positivity, never seen him loose his cool under any situation..not many cricketers have the zeal & a big heart to walk away when you know you are out..gilly you have not only inspired cricketers but all those who have watched you closely you have silenty yet humbly taught us to be better human beings..even though you may not be actively involved as a player but i do hope some day you will come back with the role of being a mentor..thank you for giving us such fantastic moments not only in the IPl but throughout your cricketing career..wish you all the luck,happiness & prosperity no matter what walk of life you are involved with..loved the gillynam style though..:D!!!

Posted by ramonster on (May 18, 2013, 22:21 GMT)

The great Wassim Akram blushes as he watches Gilly make an amazing and perfect bowling figures.

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 20:29 GMT)

So much praise for Gilchrist, while Mahmood's contribution gets overlooked for the second time this tournament. Good stuff Azhar!

Posted by   on (May 18, 2013, 19:54 GMT)

This is the reason why I love IPL where we can see our all time favourite crickter playing after retriement like gilly, dravid,sachin and list goes on ..Gilly you are truly best wicket keeper batsman of our time and that is the reason you are idol for M S dhoni...and apart from this you will be remember for your sport man spirit.. who can forget your sport man spirit of WC semi final againts srilanka where you walk off before umpire decision .. You are trur gentleman who will be remember for long time ..... All the best Gilly and Thanks for entertaining us...

Posted by KM01 on (May 18, 2013, 19:06 GMT)

Congratulations Gilchrist. Not only one of the greatest wicket-keeper/batsmen but also a real great player who knows when to retire. We can only hope his team mates who are staying well past their prime can learn from this great, great man.

Posted by kaushiq on (May 18, 2013, 18:58 GMT)

i guess this has been a fairy tale end for Gilly. In the last ever ball of his career he got the wicket of harbajan who have tormented Gilly over the past few years. I guess he who laughs last, laughs the best. THANK YOU Gilly for all the entertainment you have given us.

one more to add, i think it has become a ritual that KingXI punjab will have a bad start and then in the second half of the tournament when equations will be like to win 8 match out of 8, they will perform brilliantly and manage to win 7 out of 8 matches. hopefully next year they will make it through to the playoffs.

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