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Mahela Jayawardene is the Man of the Match He says: "When I got the call, I was a bit surprised, but I have been playing in the tournament, so it wasn't trouble. When I heard Shaun was injured, I told Sanga I want to open, I have been doing that for my province."

Kumar Sangakkara: "Chris nearly took it away from us, but the hundred from Mahela! All the talk mid-match was to stay positive. We are a good side, we are better than the situation we find ourselves in. But we have to take the responsibility. He has been brilliant in the middle order, but in domestic cricket he has opened with great success. And he showed that today, not a single ugly shot, and Yuvi finished it off well."

Sourav Ganguly: "We didn't bowl well enough. At no stage were they under any pressure. They were getting boundaries at well. We batted well, Ramesh Powar bowled well for them, but we did well to get to 200, and should have defended it."

KKR fielders waste little time in running up to Mahela and shaking his hand. They have seen a true gem here. Yuvraj hugs him. And even before a tired Mahela makes it back, an ecstatic Sanga rushes into him to hug him. Well I am absolutely privileged to have watched this innings. Not an uncouth shot there. Well okay one reverse sweep. But apart from that, not one shot that would be a misfit in Tests. Yuvraj: "Hats off to Mahela! He himself said he wanted to open when he came to know of Marsh's injury." Yuvraj is also asked how many more parties Punjab can spoil now. And he says, "I don't want to say anything, because I might end up getting pulled up in papers tomorrow." Well the papers have given him a tough time of late. Right now, he and Punjab have earned some celebratory moments. As Greg writes in: "Well played, Mahela. There is a place for class players in this format!"

Hang around for presentation

Unadkat to Jayawardene, FOUR runs, short ball, and pulled away in front of square, and relief is the first reaction from Mahela, and glee in the dugout
Unadkat to Jayawardene, FOUR runs, slower ball, and helped along past short fine - lovely shot again, Sanga is smiling finally

18 | 8 Runs | KXIP: 196/2 (5 runs required from 10 balls, RR: 10.88, RRR: 2.50)

  • DPMD Jayawardene102 (57b)
  • Yuvraj Singh33 (16b)
  • SE Bond4-0-32-1
  • M Kartik4-0-41-1
Bond to Jayawardene, 1 run, punched away in front of square, gets a single
Bond to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, plays with an open face, steals a single to point, Mandeep could have got him, but misses with the direct hit
Bond to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed down to long-on for a single
Bond to Jayawardene, 2 runs, driven on the up, wide of long-off, Yuvi is the first guy applauding even before he finishes the second. What a beautiful knock! Take a bow, Mahela. The KKR dugout too stands in unison. Respect!
Bond to Jayawardene, 2 runs, short ball, hurrying him up, way back into the crease, and pulled away wide of deep square leg, puts the dive in to complete the second

Mahela gets the strike now, can get to hie century

Bond to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, full on the pads, worked around the corner for a single

13 off 18 required. Matter of three hits for Yuvi, but Mahela needs four for what should be a beautiful century. Bond for a last-ditch effort

17 | 19 Runs | KXIP: 188/2 (13 runs required from 10 balls, RR: 11.05, RRR: 4.33)

  • Yuvraj Singh31 (14b)
  • DPMD Jayawardene96 (53b)
  • M Kartik4-0-41-1
  • AB Agarkar3-0-35-0
Kartik to Yuvraj Singh, 1 run, flat delivery, pushed down to long-on for one
Kartik to Yuvraj Singh, SIX runs, one more, this time he goes for the power, slog-sweeps him over wide long-on
Kartik to Yuvraj Singh, SIX runs, Yuvi has come to the party too! low full toss and he has merely flicked it over wide long-on
Kartik to Jayawardene, 1 run, pushed down the ground for an easy single

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

1st51DPMD JayawardeneMS Bisla
2nd98DPMD JayawardeneKC Sangakkara
3rd55DPMD JayawardeneYuvraj Singh