The uncharacteristic throw
Glenn Maxwell is among the best fielders in the world, but he made an utter mess of an opportunity to run out Parthiv Patel for 22 in the sixth over. Parthiv had pushed the ball towards mid-on and hared down the pitch for a single, but Lendl Simmons was not moving at the non-striker's end because Maxwell had run in from midwicket to intercept the shot. Maxwell had plenty of time to throw because Parthiv was stranded in the middle of the pitch before he turned and tried to run back to his crease. He threw in haste, though, several feet wide of the stumps. Wriddhiman Saha collected where first slip would have been for a spinner and missed an under-arm throw at the stumps as well. He too could have caught Parthiv short.

The contest
Mitchell Johnson against Parthiv Patel: a strapping fast bowler against a diminutive batsman. It was a no-contest. Parthiv ramped Johnson's second ball for six, and then flicked and cover drove two of the next three deliveries to the boundary. He then hooked the first ball of Johnson's second over for six, before whipping the last to the square-leg boundary. Johnson conceded 30 in his first two overs, and Parthiv had taken him for 28 off nine deliveries. Only after Parthiv was dismissed much later did Johnson return for his final two overs; he went for only 11 in them.

The deaf-ears moment
At the end of the eighth over Mumbai Indians were 72 for 0, when the umpires signalled for the strategic timeout. Kings XI Punjab captain George Bailey called his men into a huddle and gave them a pep talk, because their performance until then had been insipid. Back into the field they went, but it appeared Bailey's words had fallen unheeded. Six balls after play resumed, Simmons cut firmly towards point where Sandeep Sharma let the ball go right through him for a boundary. Bailey almost always has a smile on his face, but that moment would have tested him.

The failed encore
Maxwell went seven deliveries without playing an unorthodox shot. He had been dropped after five poor games and was making a comeback, so appeared to be minimising early risk. Off his eighth ball, from J Suchith, Maxwell played the reverse-sweep, a shot he can pull off in his sleep when in form. This time, though, he didn't make perfect contact and ended up chipping the ball over the head of first slip and to the third-man boundary. The very next ball Maxwell tried to do it again, and this time the mis-hit lobbed wider towards short third man, where Vinay Kumar ran to his right and took a sharp catch to prolong Maxwell's miserable season.

The moment of frustration
Bailey's sunny disposition finally clouded over in the penultimate over of the chase. Kings XI were struggling, needing 35 off nine balls, when Lasith Malinga bowled a full toss on the pads. Bailey swung across the line but failed to connect, and after completing a leg bye he threw his bat down and stomped on the turf. The gesture seemed to be an expression of disgust, but incredibly there was none to be seen on his face.

George Binoy is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo