Mumbai Indians snatch exciting 4-wkt win
Mumbai Indians snatched a thrilling four-wicket victory with one ball to spare against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier Cricket League V at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.chandigarh Updated: Apr 26, 2012 11:17 IST
Mumbai Indians snatched a thrilling four-wicket victory with one ball to spare against Kings XI Punjab in the Indian Premier Cricket League V at the Punjab Cricket Association Stadium here today.
The match was poised for a keen finish as Mumbai Indians needed four runs from four balls and four wickets in hand.
Ambati Rayudu stroked Azhar Mahmood's fifth delivery of his fourth over to deep cover for four.
It turned out to be the winning stroke as Mumbai Indians replied with 171 for 6 in 19.5 overs.
This was in reply to Kings XI Punjab's total of 168 for 3. Ambati Rayudu was adjudged the Man of the Match.
With this victory, Mumbai Indians have also took their revenge for the six wickets defeat they had suffered at the hands of Kings XI Punjab in their last match.
With Robin Peterson (16 not out, 2x4s, 1x6), Rayudu (34 not out, 2x4s, 1x6, 17 balls) posted 36 runs in 13 deliveries.
Earlier, after Franklin (22) and Sachin Tendulkar (34) had put on 52 runs for the opening wicket stand, Rohit Sharma guided Mumbai Indians on the victory path with a solid 30-ball 50 (3x4s, 3x6s).
Parvinder Pawana (3 for 39) and Azhar Mahmood of Pakistan (2 for 23) were the most successful bowlers for Punjab who have slipped to the eighth position with six points from eight matches.
Mumbai Indians are occupying sixth position with eight points to their credit.
Chasing a victory target of 169, Mumbai Indians were given a good start by New Zealander James Franklin and Sachin Tendulkar.
The openers put on 52 runs in 7.5 overs before Pakistan Azhar Mahmood broke this partnership. A Mahmood delivery pitched on the middle, moved away late and Franklin got an outside edge which wicket keeper Nitin Saini collected.
Left handed Franklin contributed 22 runs in 22 deliveries and reached the fence two wickets.
After Franklin's exit, Rohit Sharma joined Tendulkar. The cricket icon Tendulkar made his exit after contributing 34 with the help of four fours in 29 deliveries.
It was again Pakistan's Mahmood which took Tendulkar's wicket.
Tendulkar trying a Mahmood delivery got a thin inside edge and wicket keeper Saini grabbed the opportunity.
Then newcomer Dinesh Karthik (3) became victim of spinner Piyush Chawla who had him caught at short fine leg. The third wicket fell at 66. Kieron gave Rohit Sharma some good support and they put on 24 runs, mostly scored by Rohit, for the four wicket.
However, trying to loft Awana over deep midwicket, Pollard was caught by Mandeep Singh. The wicket fell at 90.
First Published: Apr 25, 2012 17:49 IST