(The Times Of India)
Number 10 team beating Number one. It was an upset of that sort in the IPL 4 at PCA stadium Mohali on Tuesday night.
It was a freak top-order failure from the formidable Mumbai Indians as they were washed out for 87 – a mere 87 – and lost in just 12.5 overs to a team that had been tagged as no hopers of the league. Baroda spinner Bhargav Bhatt hurried up things down the order with his spell of 22/4, but Mumbai Indians will need to look at themselves for the defeat and the manner in which they crumbled.
Before going into the match, Kings XI Punjab might have fancied their chances only if someone came up with something extra-ordinary, but to see a champion side put up such an ordinary show, was surely a bit too much. But Mumbai Indians do have a history of crashing here. In 2008, MI lost both their matches to Kings XI Punjab. And in the first leg they registered their lowest score of 84. On Tuesday, MI put up their second sub-100 score eclipsing the 94 they registered against Rajasthan Royals.
Mumbai’s downfall began in the third over as Tendulkar was dismissed by Praveen Kumar. By the fifth over, they were 27 for 3 and before the end of the 10th over, they were reeling at 55 for 6. Bhargav Bhatt’s 13th over polished off the tail and that was the end of the story.
Earlier, Mumbai Indians’ Munaf Patel picked up a five-for, but despite that effort, Kings still put up a creditable 163/8.
Kings XI Punjab had no answer to Munaf’s teasing line and a measured length as the middle-order crumbled yet again in search of quick runs. With 120 runs on board and still five overs to go, 180 looked possible. But Keiron Pollard’s breath-taking catch of Shaun Marsh (43; 34b, 5×4) at mid-wicket changed the scenario completely as Kings’ brittle middleorder made a familiar slide. Dinesh Karthik (31; 23b, 4×4,1×6) however enhanced his reputation playing brilliantly in the middle-order.
A reprieve from Symonds to Gilchrist at extra cover and Aiden Blizzard’s missed sitter off Karthik were the sign of things to come. If the fielding was bad, the batting that followed was worse.