Punjab v Mumbai, IPL 2013, Dharamsala May 18, 2013

Kings XI go down with a bang

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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
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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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  • on May 18, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Congrats to Gilly what an amazing cricketer and player...You were a champion and you will still remain a champion. It was an pleasure to watch you destroy your opposition with your brutal hitting. As a wicketkeeper batsmen you will be my no 1 choice without any doubt. Personally i d pay any amount of money to watch you bat. I am a little bit sad cuz now i know i won't see you play cricket at the top level. Anyways, best of luck for your future may you succeed in whatever you decide to do in the future...

  • Rammi185 on May 19, 2013, 4:37 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...

  • Sudhir65 on May 19, 2013, 1:34 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.

  • Playfair on May 18, 2013, 22:19 GMT

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

  • on May 18, 2013, 21:31 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!!!

  • ramonster on May 18, 2013, 21:21 GMT

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

  • on May 18, 2013, 19:29 GMT

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

  • on May 18, 2013, 18:54 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...

  • KM01 on May 18, 2013, 18:06 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.

  • kaushiq on May 18, 2013, 17:58 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.

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Congrats to Gilly what an amazing cricketer and player...You were a champion and you will still remain a champion. It was an pleasure to watch you destroy your opposition with your brutal hitting. As a wicketkeeper batsmen you will be my no 1 choice without any doubt. Personally i d pay any amount of money to watch you bat. I am a little bit sad cuz now i know i won't see you play cricket at the top level. Anyways, best of luck for your future may you succeed in whatever you decide to do in the future...

  • Rammi185 on May 19, 2013, 4:37 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...

  • Sudhir65 on May 19, 2013, 1:34 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.

  • Playfair on May 18, 2013, 22:19 GMT

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

  • on May 18, 2013, 21:31 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!!!

  • ramonster on May 18, 2013, 21:21 GMT

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

  • on May 18, 2013, 19:29 GMT

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

  • on May 18, 2013, 18:54 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...

  • KM01 on May 18, 2013, 18:06 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.

  • kaushiq on May 18, 2013, 17:58 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.

  • TSJ07 on May 18, 2013, 17:37 GMT

    Awesome Gilly wont be seen hitting the ball out of park anymore. Anyway best of luck Gilly for whatever you may decide to do in future but I hope you take up the coach role for KXIP team.

  • on May 18, 2013, 17:23 GMT

    Hats off to u Gilly!! U have taken batting to a whole new level. Always enjoyed watching you play.

    One among few players who has that extra bit of sense called sportsmanship.

    We will miss u!! :(

  • kristee on May 18, 2013, 17:04 GMT

    Gilchrist's Gangnam step was the cutest thing in this IPL, according to a certain tweet. Cute tweet indeed. Slightly awkward, it was still a fitting reply to Bhajji's much worse gesture 2 weeks ago. And what a send off the send off expert received, having been caught off 3 successive 'balls'!

  • Surajdon9 on May 18, 2013, 16:13 GMT

    Congratulation Gilly.You will be missed always...

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:41 GMT

    What superb innings KXIP played!! Gilly is certainly an awesome captain!! But Why did he leave the cricketing world like this?? There are still many games left in this IPL...!! I am gonna miss him badly!!! :'(

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    Loved how u played with your bat.. how u stood behinds the stumps and finally loved how you bowled...I am always your great fan..your are very great greater...Ya Gilly I am talking about you..I will always remember you when I have bat in my hands.. IF I forget you..than its true I will also forget the cricket..

  • on May 18, 2013, 15:35 GMT

    absolutely delightful to watch Gilly doing Gagnam Style. we will miss you Gilly a true gentleman in and off field a legend of the game cricket. Good bye Gilly

  • SUNDHUR on May 18, 2013, 15:06 GMT

    Well done Gilly and what a way to end the IPL career with a wicket of the first ball, a pleasant surprise for every one watching! A true gentleman and cricket legend will be missed on the feldwhich is kind of sad. Hope Gilly will be back as mentor for KXIP. It isa pity that Rohit did not have the coursety to congratulate KXIP for their win and bid good bye to Gilly during the award ceremony nor Sanjay prompted him to do so! The youngster has a long way to go in picking up leadership skills.

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Gilly has the best bowling strike rate in the history of cricket. today he has proved that he is a keeper-batsman-bowler...

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Who cares about Rohit's mistakes. We are celebrating the brilliance of one of the gentleman of cricket. Well done Gilly!

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 18, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood is a real class act amazing to see him still dominating at his age and representing for the Pakistanis, Gotta say IPL HAS got to get it's ACT together and allow other Pakistani players in the future guys like Afridi Ajmal e.t.c would add so much to this competition.

  • darsh127 on May 18, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    I would firstly like to congratulate Gilly. Amazing player with a great attitude. Retires again on a high!. On another note, whats up with pollard and hattricks of catching? first he drops 3 in a row and now he gives 3 in a row.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 18, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Why have they taken Dwayne Smith out side ? he has always been M.I most successful opener and like Pollard saves 10-20 runs in the field each game he needs to be back next game and for playoffs.

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Congratulations to Gilly. You are really an amazing player to watch... Give 100 % to cricket.

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    What a GILLIOUS moment is this! Really enjoyed the last ball bowled by one of the best wicket keeper batsmen. We miss you Gilly.

  • AnoopMukundan on May 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Certain players have a touch of destiny. Sir Don had a duck in his last. Sourav had a duck in his last and Gilly out of no-where bowls an offspinner, picks up a wicket and does a Gangnam in his last. Guess who was batting - India's finest off-spinner and ehem .. dancer!

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 18, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    THe last over was the over of the IPL. wish danny morrison was there.

  • on May 18, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Not chose to bat..Batting line up messed up.. poor captaincy of rohit is the reason for defeat

  • on May 18, 2013, 13:48 GMT

    Not chose to bat..Batting line up messed up.. poor captaincy of rohit is the reason for defeat

  • Tal_Botvinnik on May 18, 2013, 14:09 GMT

    THe last over was the over of the IPL. wish danny morrison was there.

  • AnoopMukundan on May 18, 2013, 14:11 GMT

    Certain players have a touch of destiny. Sir Don had a duck in his last. Sourav had a duck in his last and Gilly out of no-where bowls an offspinner, picks up a wicket and does a Gangnam in his last. Guess who was batting - India's finest off-spinner and ehem .. dancer!

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:12 GMT

    What a GILLIOUS moment is this! Really enjoyed the last ball bowled by one of the best wicket keeper batsmen. We miss you Gilly.

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:17 GMT

    Congratulations to Gilly. You are really an amazing player to watch... Give 100 % to cricket.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 18, 2013, 14:21 GMT

    Why have they taken Dwayne Smith out side ? he has always been M.I most successful opener and like Pollard saves 10-20 runs in the field each game he needs to be back next game and for playoffs.

  • darsh127 on May 18, 2013, 14:22 GMT

    I would firstly like to congratulate Gilly. Amazing player with a great attitude. Retires again on a high!. On another note, whats up with pollard and hattricks of catching? first he drops 3 in a row and now he gives 3 in a row.

  • BRUTALANALYST on May 18, 2013, 14:26 GMT

    Azhar Mahmood is a real class act amazing to see him still dominating at his age and representing for the Pakistanis, Gotta say IPL HAS got to get it's ACT together and allow other Pakistani players in the future guys like Afridi Ajmal e.t.c would add so much to this competition.

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:27 GMT

    Who cares about Rohit's mistakes. We are celebrating the brilliance of one of the gentleman of cricket. Well done Gilly!

  • on May 18, 2013, 14:36 GMT

    Gilly has the best bowling strike rate in the history of cricket. today he has proved that he is a keeper-batsman-bowler...