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IPL Match 7: Harbhajan effort in vain as Punjab record narrow win

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The Kings XI Punjab dominated 34 overs of their contest with the Mumbai Indians, and looked set to win their match in a canter before a late burst from Harbhajan Singh saw the 'Turbanator' smash 6 sixes and 5 fours to score 64 runs from just 24 balls and record the fastest 50 ever in Mumbai Indians history.

Bhajji though fell on the penultimate ball of the match as Kings XI hung on nervously to record an 18 run victory against a Mumbai Indians side who just refused to know when they were beaten.

Having been put in to bat, Kings XI Punjab posted an impressive 177-5 from their 20 overs with skipper George Bailey making his maiden fifty in the IPL and top scoring with 61 from 32 balls. Bailey's team appeared to almost get their batting order right on this occasion with Virender Sehwag leading from the front, making 36 from 19 balls, while his opening partner Murali Vijay chipped in with 36 from 29 balls.

Glenn Maxwell fell for just 6, but David Miller kept George Bailey decent company, making 24. The promotion of Rishi Dhawan and Mitchell Johnson ahead of Wriddhiman Saha and Akshar Patel backfired, with the duo making 9 runs from 13 balls between them, but KXIP still put up a decent total on the board.

Harbhajan Singh was the pick of the Mumbai bowlers, taking 2-20 from his 4 overs, while Lasith Malinga also chipped in with a couple of wickets.

That total of 177 was made to look monumental by some ordinary Mumbai batting as they lost their top order for cheaply, slumping to 59-6 towards the end of the 14th over and appeared to be heading for a massive defeat.

Out stepped Harbhajan Singh though and in the company of young Jagadeesha Suchith (who had a decent outing with the ball), shared in a 100 run partnership from 37 balls. While Bhajji did the bulk of the scoring, Suchith chipped in with a handy 34 from 21 balls, a more than respectable effort from the rookie left-hander.

It wasn't enough for Mumbai to change the outcome of the game, but did send their fans home feeling rather thrilled with the entertainment on offer at the Wankhede this Sunday evening.

The Mumbai Indians will continue their pursuit of their first win of the season when they head to Motera to take on Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday. Kings XI Punjab meanwhile are in action on Wednesday when they take on the Delhi Daredevils in Pune.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: R Sharma (c), A Finch, A Tare (wk), A Rayudu, C Anderson, K Pollard, H Singh, L Malinga, V Kumar, P Suyal, J Suchith

Kings XI Punjab: V Sehwag, M Vijay, W Saha (wk), G Maxwell, A Patel, D Miller, G Bailey (c), M Johnson, R Dhawan, A Singh, S Sharma

Mini Scorecard:

Kings XI Punjab 177/5 (20 overs, 8.85rpo)

G Bailey 61* (32) H Singh 2-20 (4)

V Sehwag 36 (19) L Malinga 2-34 (4)

Mumbai Indians 159/7 (20 overs, 7.95rpo)

H Singh 64 (24) M Johnson 2-23 (4)

J Suchith 34* (21) A Patel 2-30 (4)

Kings XI Punjab win by 18 runs