39dThe Bulletin by Nishi Narayanan

Tenacious Punjab win tense game

A powerful start from the top four, followed by nerveless hands from Mahela Jayawardene and Brett Lee stole the thunder from Andrew Symonds' first IPL game

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

A Symonds
60(36) 2x4 - 4x6
Control %91%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 23 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
0 0 2 1 12 10 21 14
DPMD Jayawardene
43(28) 1x4 - 3x6
Control %93%
  • Productive Shot
  • on side drive on front foot
  • 18 runs
  • 0x4 - 2x6
0 0 9 4 1 1 11 17

Best performances - Bowlers

RG Sharma
O2
M0
R12
W2
Eco6.00
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
Shoaib Ahmed
O3
M0
R25
W2
Eco8.33
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Huge round of hugs in the Punjab camp. Preity Zinta of hugging fame is naturally delighted. Lee has certainly made a huge difference with bat and ball. Jayawardene set it up and the result could've gone either way when he was dismissed. Yuvraj and Sangakkara got a good stand going before both threw it away with silly shots in the same over.

So Punjab move to No.5 and share points with Deccan, who are one place above.

Presentation time.

Gilchrist: "We should have closed it out, but another exciting game. It was a funny wicket, it perhaps came on a lot better later on. We didn't quite execute a few deliveries towards the end. But an intriguing contest."

Yuvraj: "I was very cross with my shot and we needed one partnership and Irfan and Mahela did that. Lee really helped us. Jayawardene has always done well under pressure but unfortunately he has pulled a hamstring."

Jayawardene is the Man of the Match. "The hamstring's not doing that great. I knew I had to be there till the end. I knew we needed big boundaries. Me and Irfan spoke about batting another five overs. We were never behind the 8-ball."

That's it from me for the moment. Stay on for Rajasthan v Chennai. Goodbye!

19.5
1
Singh to Lee, 1 run, that's it! Angles it on the pads and he clips it on the up just wide of short mid-on's reach, Lee leaps and the Punjab camp is a picture of relief

Scores are level! Symonds joins Gilchrist in the discussion. Packed off side field/ Will they snatch a bye?

19.4
2
Singh to Lee, 2 runs, drops it on a length outside off and Lee reaches out and slaps it down to long-off and pushes hard for the second run

Yet another discussion. RP seems cool enough

19.3
0
Singh to Lee, no run, a little slower and Lee doesn't pick it and swishes at thin air, man that was close to the offstump

Gilchrist runs across to have a word with RP. Mid-off goes back and third man comes in

19.2
1
Singh to Chawla, 1 run, clips it very close to the pads and they take a single, where are the yorkers?
19.1
4
Singh to Chawla, FOUR runs, that's four runs less! RP bangs it in short and that too down the leg side so it allows a free swing of the arms, he hooks it just in front of the rope at fine leg

That six has put Punjab as the favourites. This has been on pulsating passage of play. Don't go anywhere! RP will bowl the final over

END OF OVER:
19 | 11 Runs | KXIP: 161/7 (8 runs required from 6 balls, RR: 8.47, RRR: 8.00)

  • PP Chawla3 (4b)
  • B Lee11 (7b)
  • RJ Harris3-0-29-0
  • PP Ojha4-0-24-0
18.6
1
Harris to Chawla, 1 run, full outside off and he smashes it to deep extra cover

Kings XI 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st41SM KatichS Sohal
2nd1SM KatichKC Sangakkara
3rd43Yuvraj SinghKC Sangakkara
4th1DPMD JayawardeneYuvraj Singh
5th30DPMD JayawardeneIK Pathan
6th11DPMD JayawardeneWA Mota
7th22B LeeDPMD Jayawardene
8th20B LeePP Chawla