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Harbhajan blitz averts heavy defeat

Kings XI Punjab 177 for 5 (Bailey 61*, Harbhajan 2-20) beat Mumbai Indians 159 for 7 (Harbhajan 64, Johnson 2-23) by 18 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

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 Punjab. Bailey clobbered 61 from 32 before his team's quicks combined to ravage the Mumbai's top order.

Seventh-wicket pair Harbhajan and J Suchith would plunder 100 runs from 37 balls to take the sheen off Sandeep Sharma, Anureet Singh, and Mitchell Johnson's figures. But those three, with help from Axar Patel's left-arm spin, had Mumbai effectively derailed, at 46 for 5 after 12 overs.

The chase began to falter almost as soon as it began, when Sandeep swung one viciously in to hit Rohit Sharma's pads second ball. The Kings XI quicks were not only disciplined enough to shackle the hosts' top order, they made effective use of the movement which persisted through the early overs. Aditya Tare was cramped by one that jagged in from Anureet, and could only present a catch to cover. Soon after, Aaron Finch attempted a big blow across the line and saw Johnson peg his off stump back with one that seamed slightly away.

When Corey Anderson was stumped for a pained 5, off Axar in the eighth over, Mumbai slipped to 25 for 4, and were forced into the period of reticence that made even the batting mayhem to come ultimately futile.

Harbhajan and Suchith would reap 15 runs or more from five consecutive overs, but even through that kind of murderous hitting, a Mumbai victory seemed far off, as the required rate hovered around 20. Anureet was launched for three consecutive sixes in the 17th over by Harbhajan, but he would return to dismiss his tormentor with the penultimate ball of the match.

With Kings XI well-placed when Bailey arrived in the 11th over, he picked his way prudently through the middle overs, before embracing violence. After seeing out the impressive Harbhajan, Bailey played his first forceful shot in the 15th over, when he flat-batted a Kieron Pollard length ball down the ground. He then muscled Lasith Malinga over the square leg ropes to hit the first of his three leg-side sixes.

Having been 17 off his first 13 balls, Bailey struck 44 off his next 19 deliveries. That Kings XI didn't breach 180 was largely due to the relative lethargy in the innings played by the rest of the middle order. Between them, David Miller, Rishi Dhawan and Johnson hit only 33 off 36 in the back-end of the innings. Harbhajan and Malinga had, however, hit their lengths much better than they had done in the tournament opener.

Earlier, Virender Sehwag had let fly with a vintage salvo, which was dynamic despite its relative brevity. The wallop over the covers off Pawan Suyal in the second over roused memories of his heyday, as did consecutive leaden-footed strikes to the square fence on either side of the pitch off Vinay Kumar, next over. He whipped Malinga to the boundary for successive fours as well, but in the end was felled by Harbhajan, who was himself providing a performance that harked back to yesteryear. Sehwag's 36 off 19 was the guts of the foundation that allowed Bailey time to settle at the crease, later in the innings. Harbhajan ended with figures of 2 for 20, which clearly bred confidence in his batting as well.

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