New Delhi:Mumbai Indians just lost their way towards the end of their IPL tie against Kings XI Punjab and consequently lost it by 1 run at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Interestingly, there were five run outs in this match with three coming off in the last over. Batsmen to fall short of the crease were Dwayne Smith, Sachin Tendulkar, Ashish Nehra, Siddharth Chitnis and VS Yeligati.
After posting a target of 190 runs, Kings XI Punjab thought they had enough on the board. But, Mumbai batsmen had other ideas.
Jayasuriya started off in his usual style and quickfired 21 runs before Sreesanth caught him plumb. Dwayne Smith (20) came after his departure and added 45 runs with Tendulkar but a throw from Yuvraj at mid-off saw him short off the crease.
Mumbai captain and opener Sachin Tendulkar then took control of the innings and hammered 65 runs. Abhishek Nayar also joined the party and made quick 27 runs before leg-spinner Piyush Chawla took his wicket.
After Tendulkar fell, Pollock and Uthappa followed him soon. Chitnis hit some big shots but failed to carry his side home.
But what really was worth the money of this match was the last over by VRV Singh. Not that he picked any wicket but it showed what pressure can do. After two run outs, Mumbai needed 4 runs off 2 balls. Yeligati and Fernando added two runs. They required two runs off the last ball. Yeligati ran but Yuvraj threw himself on the stumps, of course with ball and then ecstatic Kings XI players ran all over the ground.
Earlier, after put in to bat, Kings XI Punjab made 189 runs at the loss of four wickets with the help of the knocks from Shaun Marsh and Luke Pomersbach.
'Man of the Match' Shaun Marsh continued with his purple patch as he not only slammed a half-century but also built a 133-run partnership with Luke Pomersbach before Siddharth Chitnis removed him for 81 runs. Shaun Pollock caught him at the long on.
Luke Pomersbach who was playing a second fiddle to Marsh, took over after his fall and scored unbeaten 79 runs.
Skipper Yuvraj Singh's poor run with the bat continued as he fell for just 7 runs. Chitnis picked him as his second victim after Marsh.
With this win, Kings XI Punjab become the second team to make it to the semi-finals after Rajasthan Royals.