133dThe Report by Andrew Fidel Fernando

Harbhajan blitz averts heavy defeat

Harbhajan Singh's manic 64 from 24 thrilled the Wankhede in Mumbai Indians' first home game this season. But the losses sustained early in their innings ensured the hosts would still fall 18 runs short of the 177 set by a George Bailey-propelled Kings XI

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Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

Harbhajan Singh
64(24) 5x4 - 6x6
Control %70%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 12 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
6 0 0 0 21 7 6 24
GJ Bailey
61(32) 4x4 - 3x6
Control %84%
  • Productive Shot
  • flick
  • 19 runs
  • 1x4 - 1x6
1 9 11 0 7 10 10 13

Best performances - Bowlers

Harbhajan Singh
O4
M0
R20
W2
Eco5.00
RHB
OFFLEG
1W1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
MG Johnson
O4
M1
R23
W2
Eco5.75
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Thilak Ram | Commentator: Deivarayan Muthu

END OF OVER:
20 | 11 Runs 1 Wkt | MI: 159/7 (19 runs required, RR: 7.95)

  • Jagadeesha Suchith34 (21b)
  • Vinay Kumar0 (0b)
  • Anureet Singh4-0-41-2
  • Axar Patel4-0-30-2

Many thanks for your company and comments. It was physically impossible to post them all, but do keep sending them. Andrew Fernando has fired in his report. And thanks, Thilak. This is Deivarayan Muthu off to sip a cool drink of my own.

George Bailey, Kings XI Punjab captain and Man of the Match: It got a little hairy there at the end. T20, that is what happens. I was happy with the bowling and we deserved to win as our bowling was outstanding, not to take anything away from Bhajji, though . We made an error in judgement - me and Davey - last game [on the demotion]. It is a beautiful wicket. It is a long race and we have to be consistent. Oh, no no [responding to the question whether Bhajji could have pulled that off]. He is a beautiful striker. It is a tight schedule and I will have a cool drink.

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain: They [Suchith and Harbhajan] played really well. I thought we lost it in the first six overs. We lost too many wickets. We can learn a lot from Bhajji and Suchith. They bowled steady, they stuck to their plan. Nothing extraordinary. We played some stupid shots in the chase. We have some work to be done. Credit to Kings XI Punjab for winning this game. I think the bowlers did a pretty good job in the end, Suyal bowled well at the death. Malinga, as always, did the job for us. We need to see what we can do as a bowling unit. We feel we can use Malinga in the middle. Their middle order is strong with Maxwell, Miller and Bailey coming in. You always want your best bowler to bowl to the best batsmen.

Gaurav: "And Harbhajan Singh is J. Suchith's maiden wicket in his only List A Match so far."

Bhajji sports a smile and shakes hands with the Punjab players. Nice camaraderie. Two losses in two games for Mumbai Indians. Their top order was dismantled early in the chase as they subsided to 46 for 5 inside 12 overs. Pollard followed soon, after which Bhajji and Suchith swung their bats around to lend some respectability to the chase and reduce the margin of defeat. The game,though, was virtually sewn up after Mumbai's top order was blown away.

Mithun Chakrava: "Bhaji bowled 24 balls and taken 2 wickets for 20 runs. And faced 24 balls and hit 6 sixer and 5 fours "

But not enough.. They were left to do too much on their own.

chaithanya: "did harbhajan and suchith scored a 36 ball century together. Amazing!!"

Idrees: "Thanks to Bhajji Mumbia's Net run rate will not be severely dented"

Kings XI fan: "This Suchith got pedegree. Was amazed to see his skills as a bowler. Bowler with a perfect action. And a more than a handy lower-order batsman. May be the find of this IPL"

19.6
0
Anureet Singh to Suchith, no run, Kings XI Punjab seal their first win of the season! Banged in short as Suchith nips down the track, beaten on the pull as the ball got big on him
19.5
W
Anureet Singh to Harbhajan Singh, OUT, End of a serial-bombing of an innings from Bhajji. Anureet congratulates him. He elicits tremendous applause from the crowd as he walks back. Maxi pats him as well. On a length and outside off, carved into the hands of deep point

Harbhajan Singh c Sandeep Sharma b Anureet Singh 64 (33m 24b 5x4 6x6) SR: 266.66

Two legal balls will do for Kings XI

19.4
0
Anureet Singh to Harbhajan Singh, no run, full and outside off, crashed straight into the covers. Bhajji throws his head back in disappointment

Back over the wicket

19.3
6
Anureet Singh to Harbhajan Singh, SIX runs, length on the leg stump, slower ball, Bhajji goes deep in the crease and mauls it over the deep midwicket boundary
19.2
4
Anureet Singh to Harbhajan Singh, FOUR runs, angled outside off from round the stumps, Bhajji squeezes it away past the covers

Rohit chewing his nails in the dug-out.. 29 off 5.

19.1
1
Anureet Singh to Suchith, 1 run, he charges down the track, takes it on the full and drills it down to long-off

30 needed off the final over.. Over the wicket

Deluge in the last six

99

Runs scored by Mumbai Indians in the last six, the joint-highest in an IPL innings

Quickest century stand

16.2

The run rate during the 100-run stand between Harbhajan and Suchith, the highest ever in a century partnership in the IPL

The fastest 50 for MI

19

Balls for Harbhajan Singh's half-century, the quickest for Mumbai Indians. The previous-quickest was 20, by Kieron Pollard

Top order or tail?

33

Runs scored by Mumbai Indians' top five batsmen, their lowest ever in an IPL game

A ten-over low

32

Runs scored by Mumbai Indians in the first ten overs, the lowest by any team in an IPL game in India

Where are the boundaries?

1

Number of fours for Mumbai Indians in the first six overs; Kings XI hit 10 fours and a six in the first six

New low for Mumbai Indians

17

Runs scored by MI in the first six overs, their lowest ever in an IPL game. Their previous-lowest was 23, also v Kings XI, in 2009

First duck in a while

39

The number of IPL innings since Rohit Sharma got a duck, against RCB in 2012. He scored 109* in his next innings

Chasing at the Wankhede

3

Number of times teams have successfully chased a target of more than 178 in the IPL at the Wankhede Stadium. The highest is 195

A first for Bailey

40*

Bailey's previous-highest score in 20 IPL innings. This is his first 50-plus score in the IPL, and his 10th in all T20 games

A day to forget

46

Runs conceded by Vinay Kumar, his fifth-highest in an IPL game. His worst is 53, against Super Kings in 2012

Even stevens

4-4

The win-loss record for teams batting first in the last 8 IPL games at the Wankhede Stadium

Super start

57

Runs scored by Kings XI in the first 6 overs, the second-best in this IPL. CSK got 59 versus Daredevils