Kings XI Punjab gave a wonderful farewell to their captain Adam Gilchrist, playing his last IPL match, as they defeated Mumbai Indians by 50 runs at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
|Adam Gilchrist celebrates the wicket of Harbhajan Singh during match 69 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians held at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India on the on the 18th May 2013|
Chasing 184, MI lost Glenn Maxwell (0) to the third delivery of the run-chase as he was caught by Manan Vohra at third man edging Praveen Kumar. Aditya Tare pulled Azhar Mahmood for a six before cutting him away for a boundary. Tare then lofted Sandeep Sharma over the ropes before the bowler got one through the gap between bat and ball to castle him. Ambati Rayudu then hit consecutive boundaries off Sandeep Sharma as MI reached 51 for two at the end of the Power Play overs.
Rayudu (26), trying to hook, gloved Parvinder Awana to the wicket-keeper in the ninth over. Rohit Sharma launched Piyush Chawla deep into the stands before Dinesh Karthik (0) chipped one straight back to the bowler a couple of balls later. At the halfway stage, MI were 69 for four still needing 114 runs.
Rohit Sharma (25) was dropped by Shaun Marsh off Chawla, but the Mumbai Indians captain failed to make the most of it as he was bowled a few deliveries later. Kieron Pollard (22) was given a lucky break when he was caught off a no-ball but Sandeep Sharma had him caught by David Miller a little later. Rishi Dhawan (14) was adjudged leg before off Mahmood in the 17th over. Mahmood then bowled IPL debutant, Nathan Coulter-Nile (9) in the 19th over. Gilchrist dropped the gloves and came on to bowl the final over of the innings. With his very first deliver, he had Harbhajan Singh (5) holing out to Gurkeerat Singh at the midwicket fence as MI fell 51 runs short.
Earlier in the evening, MI won the toss and elected to bat. KXIP were shaken early as they lost Mandeep Singh (1) in the second over caught by Pollard off Dhawan. Coulter-Nile uprooted Gilchrist's (5) off-stump to leave KXIP two down. Shaun Marsh looked in ominous mood as he smashed three boundaries off Dhawal Kulkarni in the 6th over. Lasith Malinga's 8th over went for 20 runs as Mahmood hit a six and three successive boundaries.
Mahmood continued his assault slamming consecutive sixes off Glenn Maxwell in the 13th over. Mahmood and Marsh who added 148 runs for the third wicket were each given a chance in Dhawan's 14th over as the MI fielders put them down. Mahmood deposited Harbhajan over the ropes, before the bowler came back to bowl Marsh (63). Malinga trapped Mahmood (80) leg before wicket. Vohra (20*) hit a couple of boundaries before Pollard had Miller (6) caught in the deep. With three wickets falling in the last over, KXIP finished with 183 for eight.
|Azhar Mahmood bagged the man of the match award during match 69 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians held at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India on the on the 18th May 2013|
Man-of-the-Match: Azhar Mahmood
Brief Scores: Kings XI Punjab 183 for 8 (Azhar Mahmood 80, Lasith Malinga 3-39) defeated Mumbai Indians 133 for 9 in 19.1 overs (Ambati Rayudu 26, Piyush Chawla 2-20) by 50 runs.
|Adam Gilchrist bagged the Star Plus Nayi Soch award during match 69 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians held at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India on the on the 18th May 2013|
200: Azhar Mahmood became only the fourth bowler in Twenty20 cricket to claim 200 wickets, after Alfonso Thomas (216), Dirk Nannes (214) and Lasith Malinga (209).
148: Runs added by Azhar Mahmood and Shaun Marsh – highest third wicket partnership for Kings XI Punjab in IPL. This was also their highest partnership for any wicket against Mumbai Indians.
100: Number of wickets taken by Lasith Malinga in the IPL. He became the first bowler to reach this milestone.
5.5: Number of overs taken by Mumbai Indians to reach fifty - their fastest in IPL 2013.
2.88: Number of innings taken by Shaun Marsh for every fifty-plus score in IPL.
2: Number of batsmen to aggregate 2500 runs in IPL. Rohit Sharma emulated Suresh Raina, who has got 2720 runs against his name.
1: For the first time ever in IPL history a wicketkeeper (Adam Gilchrist) came on to bowl and picked a wicket off his very first ball.
|Azhar Mahmood bagged the maximum sixes award during match 69 of the Pepsi Indian Premier League between The Kings XI Punjab and the Mumbai Indians held at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh, India on the on the 18th May 2013|
Rohit: "We didn't start off well. I thought it was chaseable. We kept losing wickets. Very difficult to come back. Plan was to see off the first 4-5 overs. I would like to congratulate him. We need to regroup. We got to leave the negatives out."
Gilchrist: "Harbhajan took my wicket many many times so I just wanted to mimic the reaction. Really well received by this fab crowd. 8 wins and 8 losses, that sums up our cricket the last three years. It will be interesting to see how careers go over the next few years. Happy to watch now and be entertained. Wonderful memories with Kings XI."
Azhar Mahmood is the Man of the Match: "I knew I was at 196 wickets in the last game. No.3 is a good number to bat on. I used the slower balls a lot. This Man of the Match is for my daughters. Quite fortunate to play under Gilchrist."