The Double header day of Sunday was in line with IPL advertisements punchline “India Ka Tyohaar” where two bowlers bowled most economic spells of their teams and then went berserk with bat to score memorable 50s in chase. Deepak Hooda’s 50 could win Rajasthan Royals the match, but Harbhajan’s 64 could get Mumbai Indians the respect in loss. From a position where they were not sure of reaching even 100 runs in the big chase, Harbhajan’s knock brought them within winning distance although they failed by 18 runs.
MI vs KXIP
In the battle of first game losers, Kings XI Punjab batsmen first demolished the MI bowling with 177/5 and then their bowlers had MI famed batting on mat with 59/6 in 14th over and ultimately registering their 8th win in 13 matches against Mumbai Indians. But the match will be remembered for Harbhajan Singh.
First he bowled 2/20 in 4 overs when all the MI bowlers were taken to cleaners and then when the question was if MI will even reach 100 runs, he played an entertaining blinder hitting 6 6s and 5 4s scoring 64 runs in just 24 balls teaching the likes of Pollard, Anderson, Rayudu and Rohit Sharma about how they could have won the match.
In the process he with bowler Suchith (unbeaten 21-ball 34 runs) added the first 100-run partnership of #IPL2015 adding 100 runs for 7th wicket in only 6.1 overs.
Captain Bailey and Openers Get KXIP to 177
Openers Murali Vijay and Sehwag attacked from the word go. They scored at a run rate touching 10 runs an over. By the time Sehwag (19-ball 36 with a six and 6 4s) and Murali Vijay (29-ball 35 with 6 4s) were sent back by Harbhajan, KXIP has already reached 88/3 in 10.2 overs with Maxwell (6) giving Suchith his maiden IPL wicket. Miller (23-ball 24 with 3 4s) was caught behind on the bowling of Malinga, who also had Rishi Dhawan (6) caught by Vinay Kumar. But unbeaten Captain Bailey (32-ball 61 with 3 6s and 4 4s) ensured a big total at Wankhede. Johnson was unbeaten on 3 runs as Kings XI scored 177/5 in 20 overs.
For MI, Vinay Kumar (0/46), Suchith (1/41 in 4) were the most expensive. Pollard’s only over costed 11 runs. Malinga (2/34 in 4) was also expensive, Pawan Suyal (0/22 in 3) gave only 10 runs in first two overs bowling to the openers. Harbhajan (2/20 in 4) ensured Kings does not cross 200 runs.
MI Batting Collapse and Harbhajan’s 6s
Captain Rohit Sharma faced just 2 balls of Sandeep Sharma and was leg before wicket before MI could open its account in the first over. Tare (7), opener Finch (8), Rayudu (13), Anderson (5), Pollard (20) could not read the bowling and MI at 59/6 in 13.4 overs were struggling to reach three figures in front of the home crowd.
But, Suchith (unbeaten 21-ball 34 with 2 6s and 4 4s) and Harbhajan (24-ball 64 runs with 6 6s and 5 4s) added 100 runs, IPL 2015s first century partnership, for the 7th wicket in just 37 balls to ensure MI loses with respect as MI reached 159/7 in 20 overs.
Sandeep Sharma was the best bowler of the day with 1/12 in 4 overs with a maiden. Johnson (2/23 with a maiden) was devastative grabbing Finch and Rayudu. Akshar Patel (2/30 in 4) had the prized wickets of both big allrounders Anderson and Pollard. Rishi Dhawan (0/50) and Anureet Singh (2/41) faced the brunt of 6th wicket partnership but ultimately Anupreeet could ensured Harbhajan and Suchith did not get 29 runs in the last over of the innings.
Kings XI won by 18 runs as MI sank to the bottom of Points Tally being just ahead of Sunrisers losing their second consecutive matches at par with Delhi Daredevils. Bailey was declared the Player of the Match.