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Kings XI win last over thriller

The Kings XI Punjab claimed three wickets in the last over of a frantic game to beat the Mumbai Indians by 1 run at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

Sachin Tendulkar (65) slammed his first IPL fifty and was looking in good touch before falling for an unlucky run out.

Sanath Jayasuriya hammered 21 runs in just 12 balls before falling to Sreesanth. Sanath was caught on wrong foot.

Dwayne Smith, who came in after Bravo left the side for his national duties, too looked good for his 20 runs in 17 balls. The left handed batsman, Abhishek Nayar, continued his good form in the tournament by smashing 27 runs in 18 balls. Nayar's innings was studded with two huge sixes and one four.

Earlier, in-form Australian Shaun Marsh made the most of an early escape to compile a superb 81 besides putting on a century stand with compatriot Luke Pomersbach to help Kings XI Punjab pile up 189 for four in their Indian Premier League tie against Mumbai Indians

Marsh, dropped by Robin Uthappa at gully off Shaun Pollock when on 6, struck seven fours and four sixes in his 56-ball half century, his fifth in seven games.

He also added 133 runs for the second wicket in only 86 balls with fellow left-hander Pomersbach (79 not out) to lift the visitors from 1 for 1 to a very competitive score at the Wankhede Stadium.

The visitors, with 14 points under their belt going into their 11th match, lost an early wicket - that of James Hopes who poked his bat at a fine outswinger from Pollock off the first ball he faced and nicked to stumper Pinal Shah.

But thereafter, Marsh, who started slowly before accelerating, stole the show with some classical batting - driving, cutting and pulling - to completely dominate the rest of the bowling once Pollock, after yet another stand-out bowling stint, was off the attack after a spell of 1 for 14 in three overs.

Initially, Marsh was overshadowed by his countryman Luke Pomersbach during their second wicket partnership worth 133 that helped the Punjab team recover from a shaky start.

The Western Australian youngster, included in the Australian ODI team to play against the West Indies, had a lucky escape when on six in the team score of 8, but Uthappa, who had an off-day in the field, grassed the catch at gully after diving forward when Marsh glided Pollock.

It proved to be a costly error for Mumbai, who made a few changes to their bowling attack, with Marsh holding complete sway over the bowling that lacked sting barring Pollock.

Pomersbach, who played the ideal foil for his more attacking partner, was also given the benefit of doubt by third umpire Suresh Shastri after repeated viewings of TV replays when Pollock's pick-up and throw at the non-striker's end stumps seemed to have caught the batsman short of the crease.

The batsman was then on 17 in a total of 66 for one and went on to remain unbeaten after facing 50 balls and striking ten fours and three sixes.

The 100 of the Punjab innings was raised in 71 balls and Marsh continued to bat in the same attacking fashion, hitting his sixes mostly over the straight field, before he was caught in the deep by Pollock while trying to clear the ropes for the fifth time.

Young off-spinner Sidharth Chitnis, playing in the tournament after missing a few matches, also accounted for visiting team captain Yuvraj Singh to claim 2 for 40 as the home team fought back a bit and seemed poised to restrict the visitors, who were 134 for 2 after 15 overs, below 180.

But the last over by Ashish Nehra, surprisingly bowling instead of Pollock who had one more over left in his quota, proved expensive as Pomersbach smashed him for two fours and six off consecutive balls to take the total one run below 190.

source - indiatimes.com
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