short ball, and pulled away in front of square, and relief is the first reaction from Mahela, and glee in the dugout
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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!"
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slower ball, and helped along past short fine - lovely shot again, Sanga is smiling finally
punched away in front of square, gets a single
plays with an open face, steals a single to point, Mandeep could have got him, but misses with the direct hit
pushed down to long-on for a single
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!
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
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
flat delivery, pushed down to long-on for one
one more, this time he goes for the power, slog-sweeps him over wide long-on
Yuvi has come to the party too! low full toss and he has merely flicked it over wide long-on
pushed down the ground for an easy single
super batting, makes room, takes this from outside lg and cuts it between point and short third
over the wicket to Mahela
short and flat, hit one bounce to wide long-on
Kartik comes back
misses out on a leg-side half-volley, gets a leg-bye
phew! that missed a yorker by about a foot, and he has check-lofted it for four! No follow through at all, and he has bisected long-on and long-off
short ball, follows him as he looks to back away, but he manages to late-cut it for a single to third man
low full toss, hit down the ground for a single
ho ho ho Yuviiii, where have you been hiding? Length ball, just enough width, and he has sent it soaring behind the midwicket boundary, sweet is the timing
fine leg comes up
bouncer on the leg-stump line, has Yuvraj ducking
Agarkar comes back