Kings XI stun Indians in last ball thriller
The Kings XI Punjab stunned the Mumbai Indians by 3 runs in a thirlling IPL game which was decided by the last ball of the game at Kingsmead in Durban.
On a slow and sluggish pitch, Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Abdulla took 2 wickets each as Mumbai managed 116/7 in 20 overs in a match that went down the wire. Kumar Sangakkara was adjudged the Man of the Match for top scoring for Punjab.
Mumbai needed 7 runs win off 2 balls, Saurabh Tiwary hit to the covers, Ramesh Powar dived to make the stop, but Tiwary and Zaheer Khan ran two.
With 5 needed off the last ball, Tiwary hit to the covers again, Powar dived to make the stop again, and this time Tiwary and Zaheer managed only a single leaving Kings XI Punjab victorious 3 runs.
Jean Paul Duminy top scored for Mumbai with a magnificent 59-run knock that came off 63 balls and was studded with 4 hits to the fence. He was the last man out in the last over caught by substitute Taruwar Kohli at deep mid-wicket.
Dwayne Bravo and Abhishek Nayar chipped in with 15 runs each and apart from these three, non of the other Mumbai batsmen managed to double figures.
Mumbai Indians were struggling at 47/4 in 10 overs.
Mumbai got off to the worst start as Irfan Pathan dismissed opener Sanath Jayasuriya on the first legal delivery (the first ball was a wide) by having him caught at first slip by Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh.
Vikramjeet Malik, who came in this match in place of VRV Singh, then got the prized wicket of Mumbai captain Sachin Tendulkar (1) in his first over by having him caught at extra cover by Mahela Jayawardene.
Yusuf Abdulla struck with his first delivery when he trapped Shikhar Dhawan (3) plumb in front of the wicket by a toe crushing yorker.
Dwayne Bravo hit a six and a four in his 15-run knock before he was beaten in the flight by Ramesh Powar and was caught at long-on by Wilkin Mota.
Earlier, fantastic bowling by Mumbai Indians restricted Kings XI Punjab to a partly score of 119/8.
Such was the stranglehold of the Mumbai bowlers that there were only six boundaries in the whole Punjab innings, but where the Mumbai bowlers faltered was that they gave away 17 extras.
Sri Lankan captain Kumar Sangakkara top scored for Punjab with an unbeaten 45 that came off 44 balls with the help of a six and 2 fours.
The highest wicket-taker in the tournament, Lasith Malinga dismissed Wilkin Mota (5) and Piyush Chawla (0) off alternate deliveries that were fiery yorkers to reduce Punjab to 97/7.
The in-form Irfan Pathan could manage 7 runs before he pulled a Zaheer Khan delivery to deep mid-wicket for Dwayne Bravo to take the catch.
There was yet again a wicket in the first over after the strategic timeout as Mahela Jayawardene (7) hit a Sanath Jayasuriya delivery to long-on for Shikhar Dhawan to take the catch.
Kings XI Punjab were 50/3 in 10 overs.
Winning the toss and batting first, Punjab got off to a slow start with Mumbai new ball bowlers Zaheer Khan and Lasith Malinga not letting openers Karan Goel and Ravi Bopara off the hook and not giving away a single boundary.
Harbhajan Singh bowled the third over of the Punjab innings. Goel (12) hit the fourth delivery for a six, and went for another big shot on the delivery but missed the ball and was stumped by Pinal Shah.
Dwayne Bravo too struck in his first over when he had Bopara (6) caught by his captain Sachin Tendulkar at wide slip.
In the ninth over, Punjab captain Yuvraj Singh (10), looking to break the shakles hit a Jean Paul Duminy delivery to long-on where Zaheer Khan dived forward to take the catch.