by Pulasta Dhar May 18, 2013 19:46 IST
Toss: Mumbai Indians won the toss and chose to bowl first.
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Kings XI Punjab 183-8 in 20 overs (Mahmood 80, Marsh 63. Malinga 3/39): If the bad start Punjab made was a sign of things to come, then we all read it wrong. After losing Mandeep Singh and Adam Gilchrist within three overs, it seemed Mumbai would gobble up the rest of the line up. But Azhar Mahmood and Shaun Marsh started hammering the bowlers all around the park - sparked by Mahmood slamming Malinga for three fours and a six in the eight over. The allrounder quickly brought his 50 up (27 balls), with Marsh doing the same at the other end (39 balls).
It looked like the two would take Kings XI till the end of the innings, but Mahmood missed on a century by 20 runs, after he was LBW by Malinga (80 runs, 44b, 8x4, 4x6). Marsh quickly followed (63 runs, 47b, 11x4) before Manan Vohra's quickfire 20 (8b, 3x4, 1x6) gave Kings XI a solid total to defend. Praveen Kumar became Malinga's 100th IPL wicket when he saw his off-stump cartwheel across the park in the last over.
Mumbai Indians 133 all out in 19.1 overs (Rayadu 26. Chawla 2/20, Mahmood 2/24): Glenn Maxwell's wicket in just the third ball meant it was a nightmare start for the visitors. Aditya Tare tried giving Mumbai a lift but was bowled before he could do anything meaningful. Ambati Rayadu (26 off 22) and Rohit Sharma (25 off 25) tried to forge a partnership, but Kings XI were never going to lose this one. Piyush Chawla was the man who really tightened things up - using the assistance from the pitch to grab the vital wickets of Sharma and Dinesh Karthik.
Kieron Pollard created a record of sorts by being catch out three times in a row - with only the last instance sending him back. He was initially caught on a no-ball and on the free-hit too off Sandeep Sharma's over. Azhar Mahmood added two wickets to his 80-run innings before Adam Gilchrist finished off the match by taking a wicket off his first IPL delivery ever (Harbhajan Singh was the victim)!
Turning point: The eight over — where Malinga went for 20 runs. That really gave Kings XI the momentum — particularly Azhar Mahmood.
Man of the match: Azhar Mahmood for his 80-runs and two wickets, and Adam Gilchrist for his celebration at the end.
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