Kings XI vs Mumbai
Mumbai Indians Win By Seven Wickets
The Mumbai franchise are slowly but surely turning their 2014 IPL campaign around - and remain in the hunt for a berth in the play-offs. They've undone the table-topping Kings XI Punjab with an over to spare, with a fine century from Man of the Match Simmons.
Over 19 Mumbai Indians 159/3
CENTURY! Simmons welcomes the single that heralds the arrival of three figures. He has done it - and is understandably elated. It took him just 61 deliveries to get there, 14 fours and two sixes included. The last 20 runs were admittedly quite reserved, but the first 80 quickfire. Pollard, meanwhile, was just biding his time - and soon smashes the six that caps triumph. Shivam has conceded the 300th six of Pollard's Twenty20 career.
Over 18 Mumbai Indians 150/3
Here's Hendricks again, and his poor performance continues with a leg-side wide. That earlier warning for running on the pitch has really bothered him. WICKET! Here's some consolation, though, as Rohit spoons a catch to thirdman. He tried to elvate the bouncer over the fence - but did not have the carry. Simmons tries to make sure the batsmen cross while the ball is in the air - but is not quick enough. Fellow West Indian Pollard is the new man in, he gets off the strike quickly, much to the aspiring centurion's delight.
Over 17 Mumbai Indians 146/2
Play resumes. Shivam continues. Simmons still searching for the milestone. He will do it in singles if he has to, but doesn't want to perish in the 90s. 11 from 19 needed by Mumbai.
Over 16 Mumbai Indians 142/2
Dhawan delivers a leg-side wide - and is then swatted away for four by Sharma. Mumbai are doing this easily now - to keep their hopes of securing a play-offs berth alive. Mumbai need 15 more runs - Simmons wants six of 'em for a century. Strategic timeout time, meanwhile.
Over 15 Mumbai Indians 133/2
Simmons reaches the highest score of his Twenty20 career - 89 not out - by launching Sandeep down the ground for six more. He has broken his bat in the process - and quickly calls for a change in willow. Next stop - possibly the first century of the 2014 Indian Premier League. Or perhaps the nervous 90s will take their toll...
Over 14 Mumbai Indians 118/2
A couple of key, cheap over for the Kings XI Punjab here. Dhawan and Patel dragging the franchise back into the contest. Mumbai are still in the driving seat, but not as comfortable as they were 15 minutes ago. Something has to give - or take - soon.
Over 13 Mumbai Indians 114/2
Patel back into the attack now. Plenty of chipping, chopping and changing from captain Bailey. This ploy works, as four dot balls are followed by a single - and then nothing. Mumbai need 43 from 42.
Over 12 Mumbai Indians 112/2
Mumbai require 53 more runs from 54 more deliveries. Wicketkeeper Saha is standing up to the stumps to Dhawan, ensuring Rayudu and Simmons don't venture from the crease. The latter isn't fazed, operating from well behind the white paint to cut four. His 80 not out is now the highest score by a Mumbai Indian cricketer this year. WICKET! Rayudu, meanwhile, picks out Sehwag in the cover ring. He hit that hard, but the placement was lacking. So ends a fine partnership. Captain Rohit is the new man in.
Over 11 Mumbai Indians 104/1
Hendricks returns to the attack in an attempt at redemption after a very expensive earlier. Remember, he has already received an official warning for running onto the pitch. This is a tight, cheapish six deliveries, much better. But it's a wicket the Kings XI Punjab require, which the strike bowler can't deliver at the moment.
Over 10 Mumbai Indians 96/1
Too straight from Shivam, as Simmons goes high and hard down the ground for six. The bowler then changes his line, and offers less flight, to restrict the right-hander outside the off-stump.
Over 9 Mumbai Indians 85/1
Patel again, and soon fetching four back over his head, as Simmons sets himself on one knee to bang a straight four. Otherwise, a tight over for the Kings XI Punjab. The asking rate is now around seven runs per over. Doable for Mumbai, indeed.
Over 8 Mumbai Indians 76/1
Rayudu finds his feet and Simmons continues on his merry way through a solid over from Shivam. Mumbai don't want to lose momentum, despite the fall of Hussey.
Over 7 Mumbai Indians 68/1
Play resumes. Patel continues. Hussey falls. The left-hander is bowled by the slow bowler. He missed the line, the bowler enjoyed the right length. Hussey managed just six runs in a stand of 68. Rayudu is the new man in.
South African fast bowler Dale Steyn, West Indian all-rounder Darren Sammy and Australian trio David Warner, Moises Henriques and Aaron Finch experienced a minor earthquake in the Indian city of Ranchi on Wednesday. Steyn, Sammy, Warner, Finch and Henriques are playing for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the seventh edition of the Indian Premier League, and are in the region ahead of Thursday's key fixture against the Chennai Super Kings.
Over 6 Mumbai Indians 62/0
Seamer Dhawan brought onto bowl - and cannot slow the run-rate either. Simmons is, essentially, swatting boundaries at will - and soon reaches a fine half-century. The milestone has been reached in just 27 deliveries - the fastest for the Mumbai franchise this year. Time for strategic timeout, meanwhile.
Over 5 Mumbai Indians 53/0
Left-arm spinner Patel is brought into the attack. Too short, much like Ojha earlier, he is quickly dispatched to the point and long-on fences for frequent fours by the blossoming Simmons.
Over 4 Mumbai Indians 43/0
Hendricks cops and official warning for running on the pitch. He'll have to change the nature of his followthrough if not to be removed from the attack. The umpire's remarks might've bothered his gameplan, as Simmons bangs four over the top of the off-side - and then watches as an ugly bouncer loops through to the wicketkeeper. So concludes a truly awful over for the South African. He will be taken out of the attack by captain Bailey, for now, surely.
Over 3 Mumbai Indians 29/0
Sandeep for a second over. No slip in place, so a deliberate edge from Simmons easily fetches four. Sharma is holding the seam to facilitate in-swing, but the ball isn't moving laterally - through the air or off the seam. Not threatening enough, this. Simmons and Hussey at ease.
Over 2 Mumbai Indians 20/0
South African left-armer Hendricks to share the new ball with Sharma. Ugly start, too, coughing up five wides down the leg-side - but bouncing back to cut the left-handed Hussey near in half with some fine movement in off the seam.
Over 1 Mumbai Indians 13/0
Seamer Sandeep to open the attack. Simmons doesn't use much footwork, but is quick in lacing four through the covers, smearing four more through the leg-side - and then carting a third boundary for the over through covers again. Superb start for Mumbai, akin to that enjoyed by the opposition earlier.
Mumbai Indians' Innings
All and sundry return to the middle, including umpires Kulkarni and Dharmasena - and Mumbai openers Hussey and Simmons.
Kings XI Punjab End With 156/8
Vohra and Marsh's initial work promised a much bigger total, before a small collapse left Bailey to correct proceedings. Bowlers Bumrah and Gopal were impressive. Stick around for Mumbai's pursuit, it should be a cracker.
Over 20 Kings XI Punjab 156/8
Hard, high and huge, Bailey banks Bumrah's full toss into the stands behind the bowler. WICKET! The Australian's next attempt to go large, though, only succeeds in giving Rayudu a simple catch in the midwicket region. Bailey pulled that from wide of the off-stump to the leg-side - to no avail. Tail-ender Hendricks is the new man at the crease, batting for the first time in the IPL. WICKET! His stay lasts exactly one delivery, as a slower ball limps through a wild hoick and crashes into the stumps. The South African is replaced by Shivam, sneaking a single to complete the 20 overs.
Over 19 Kings XI Punjab 147/6
Santokie to bowl the penultimate over of the innings. Bailey is swatting and swiping left, right and centre - but not getting genuine value for shot selection. Dhawan's premeditated Tillakartne Dilshan-esque scoop, though, brings four.
Over 18 Kings XI Punjab 133/6
Bumrah for his penultimate over. How young is this guy? Just 20 years. A real talent - one for the future. Here's hoping the relative fame and riches derived from this lucrative T20 contest don't go to his head. He deploys clever changes in pace, which work really well given his 'all arms' action.
Over 17 Kings XI Punjab 123/6
WICKET! Questions clouding the height of the full toss, but television replays soon reveal that was not a waist-high no-ball. Patel has spooned Kumar's lame return delivery straight to cover. Off he trudges, in comes Dhawan - Rishi, of course, not Shikhar. He is promptly off the mark, pulling a silly short ball for four. Kumar all over the place in line and length here.
Over 16 Kings XI Punjab 116/5
Play resumes with Santokie back into the attack for a third one-over spell - or perhaps he will be allowed two on the trot this time. He soon errs into Patel's pads - and that's slotted over midwicket for four. Promising talent this left-hander - and his cerise pink cricket cleats are not bad either.
Over 15 Kings XI Punjab 107/5
Here's the very promising Bumrah again, beating Bailey outside the off-stump twice on the trot. The right-hander wants to tickle the ball to thirdman, but would probably be better off trying to bludgeon it down the ground. This deft touch stuff doesn't have its place in these conditions and circumstances. WICKET! Saha, meanwhile, is run out by Rayudu's direct-hit. The fielder was superb in attacking the ball from mid-on. Patel is the new batsman to arrive to the crease. Time for another so-called strategic timeout.
Over 14 Kings XI Punjab 104/4
Ojha employs a little Ravichandran Ashwin-esque delays mid-stride, but it doesn't deceive. So he returns to the unpunctuated approach - and that's enough to earn another cheap over.
Over 13 Kings XI Punjab 101/4
Gopal to conclude a solid four-over complement. Bailey and Saha want to launch, but are not being allowed enough width or length. So they try to dance down the pitch in meeting the ball at its pitch, but that doesn't really work either.
Over 12 Kings XI Punjab 97/4
Miller has been rested today, but is still on the sidelines, spouting textbook remarks about the ins and outs of Twenty20 cricket. Ojha, meanwhile, gets through a cheap over quickly. This batting pair have a lot to do in ensuring the hardwork put in at the top of the knock is not undone by this mini middle-order collapse.
Over 11 Kings XI Punjab 93/4
WICKET! Leg-spinner Gopal is elated, as Vohra clean bowled amid a failed attempt at a slog-sweep. No turn, which he was playing for, the ball just kept straight. Here's another Aussie, then - a decidedly more clean shaven Bailey. WICKET! He watches from the other end as Maxwell perishes to the softest of dismissals. He doesn't pick the variation from the hand, looping a leading edge to the bowler. Easy catch. A huge breakthrough for Mumbai, as the 2014 tournament's leading run-scorer departs. Great over for Gopal. Saha arrives. Neither batsman at the crease has faced a delivery yet.
Over 10 Kings XI Punjab 90/2
WICKET! Pollard has veritable bucket hands - and doesn't drop anything, really. Marsh has holed out at long-on. Santokie has struck on his return to the attack. Yes, one bearded Aussie replaces another. Maxwell is the new man at the crease - here's hoping for some prompt entertainment in the form of switch hits and other swashbuckling cricket.
Over 9 Kings XI Punjab 85/1
Touch'n'go, as numerous television replays eventually reveal bowler Gopal did not get a touch on the ball to run out Marsh at the non-striker's end. So no freakish dismissal there. Marsh welcomes the reprieve with opens arms, too, later striking six more hard, high and handsomely over the spinner's head. That's large and in charge, soaring over the sightscreen.
Over 8 Kings XI Punjab 71/1
Play resumes. Ojha continues, with a much fuller length. Not much room for Vohra or Marsh to free the arms, so they are collectively content to tuck away singles and nurdle the odd two. The left-hander eventually forces the issue for four through long-on, regardless.
Over 7 Kings XI Punjab 59/1
More spin - leg-break, in fact, from Gopal. One or two wrong'uns from him. Vohra can't pick one of 'em. The standard leg-spin, though, is squeezed in between cover and point for four. Tidy enough over, lined with bounce rather than turn, regardless. Strategic timeout time.
Over 6 Kings XI Punjab 48/1
Left-arm spinner Ojha introduced, quickly launched over long-on for six by Vohra, who struck the short delivery from deep in the crease. Meanwhile, Marsh's beard is looking pretty unkempt - unlike his shot selection, as a slog-swept six will attest.
Over 5 Kings XI Punjab 34/1
The 27-year-old Kumar is looking rather old, sporting a grey goatee - and heavy gold chain around his neck. Enough about his fashion and dress sense, though, as a tight line and length keeps Vohra at bay.
Over 4 Kings XI Punjab 33/1
Just one over for Santokie, soon replaced by Bumrah. Windmill-esque action from the right-arm fast bowler, who is soon spooned over mid-off for four by Vohra. The fielder stretch high, but didn't get fingertips to the ball. Meanwhile, there is a slip in place - but not wide enough of the wicketkeeper to take a catch - or prevent a thick edge from screaming to fine-leg for four more.
Over 3 Kings XI Punjab 24/1
WICKET! Comedy of errors, resulting in the run-out of Sehwag. He attempts a straight drive, with the ball careening into the non-striker's foot - and ricocheting to the bowler. Kumar fields and orchestrates a direct-hit. Sehwag is well short of the crease. That single was never on, involvement of rogue shoe or not. Marsh, playing his first game of the 2014 IPL, is the new man in.
Over 2 Kings XI Punjab 23/0
Windies left-armer Santokie shares the new ball with right-arm Kumar. He is wide and full to start, duly dispatched for four through the covers by Vohra, who then turns the strike to Sehwag with a simple single. A slower delivery doesn't work either - and that's tonked back over the bowler's head for six. Sehwag hitting his proverbial straps pretty soon today.
Over 1 Kings XI Punjab 11/0
Kumar's return to the XI is marked by an expensive start, as Sehwag beats point for four and then lofts six high and hard over extra cover. The projected total is soon chasing a 200-plus score, which is certainly aided by some leg-side, wide fodder from the right-arm seamer.
Kings XI Punjab's Innings
Out come umpires Vineet Kulkarni and Kumar Dharmasena, the Mumbai Indians XI - and Kings XI Punjab opening batsmen Sehwag and Vohra. Strap in for the ride, folks, it should be a cracker.
Hot and humid - typical of the sub-continent, really. Rohit reckons the pitch will be great for the batting side, with the ball coming on nicely - and staying that way.
Kings XI Punjab
Virender Sehwag, Manan Vohra, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Wriddhiman Saha, Akshar Patel, George Bailey, Rishi Dhawan, Beuran Hendricks, Shivam Sharma, Sandeep Sharma.
Michael Hussey, Lendl Simmons, Kieron Pollard, Rohit Sharma, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Jasprit Bumrah, Krishmar Santokie, Praveen Kumar, Pragyan Ojha, Shreyas Gopal.
The Kings XI Punjab replace South African recruit David Miller with Australian Shaun Marsh, while Mumbai pick seamer Praveen Kumar ahead of the ill Harbhajan Singh.
Captain Rohit Sharma triumphs in the flip of the coin and Mumbai will bowl first.
Hello - and welcome to our over-by-over commentary of Wednesday's key Indian Premier League fixture between the Kings XI Punjab and Mumbai Indians at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium in Mohali, Chandigarh.
- 21st May 2014
- Mumbai Indians won the toss and elected to bowl.
- Punjab Cricket Association Stadium
- H D P K Dharmasena, V A Kulkarni
- TV Umpire
- P G Pathak
- Match Referee
- R S Mahanama
- Reserve Umpire
- U V Gandhe
mumbai BATTING CARD
|L.M.P. Simmons||Not out||100|
|M.E.K. Hussey||b Patel||6|
|A.T. Rayudu||c Sehwag b Dhawan||17|
|R.G. Sharma||c Sharma b Hendricks||18|
|K.A. Pollard||Not out||8|
|Total||19.0 Overs||159 - 3|