After losing their first match in IPL 8, both Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab wanted to win their match on April 12th and get the momentum back. This was an encounter of stars as there many in both the teams. MI had an added advantage of playing at home but Kings XI looked determined to get their first win and they rightly got it.
After MI won the toss and invited the Kings XI batsmen to set a target, Virender Sehwag got off to a blistering start and tore apart the bowling of Mumbai Indians. He scored 36 off 19 deliveries and set the stage for other stars of the team. In the end, Punjab scored 177 and with a great bowling effort, restricted Mumbai to 159 and despite the heroics of Harbhajan, MI lost the match.
Both these teams were full with big hitters but the one to stand out among all was one who was expected the least to do so. Yes, it is Harbhajan Singh who got everyone by surprise as he hit sixes so easily and almost took away the match from Punjab. Here are important numbers from the match between MI and KXIP which saw some big hitting but from the most unexpected player, let’s take a look –
Rohit out for a duck: Being dismissed on zero by seamer Sandeep Sharma, Rohit Sharma recorded his sixth and 4th duck for MI in IPL.
Powerplay: MI scored 17/3 in the powerplay against Kings XI. This was their lowest poweplay score in IPL.
Best among all: In a match that had big hitters like – Virender Sehwag, Glenn Maxwell, David Miller, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Aaron Finch and Corey Anderson, it was Harbhajan Singh who turned out to be the best among all.
Best partnership for 7th wicket: 100-run partnership in 36 balls between Harbhajan Singh and J Suchith is the first ever in IPL for 7th wickets. Earlier best was 65 runs between Pollard and Harbhajan against CSK.
Bhajji is back: Harbhajan Singh bowled 4 overs and picked up 2 wickets by conceding just 20 runs. He batted for 24 balls (4 overs) and scored 64 runs with 5 fours and 6 sixes. Definitely one of the best all-round performance in IPL. One more thing we can now expect is that Bhajji is back in form!
After having lost 5 wickets for less than 50 runs in 12 overs and reaching 159 by the end of 20th over was a commendable effort by Suchith and Harbhajan Singh, who almost snatched the victory from the hands of Punjab but in the end, Preity Zinta had the last laugh as her team won the match.