Kings XI Punjab gave a wonderful farewell gift to their captain Adam Gilchrist, who was playing his last IPL match, as they defeated Mumbai Indians by 50 runs at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala.
It was MI who won the toss and elected to field first and they got an early breakthrough as well! KXIP lost Mandeep Singh for just 1 run, dismissed in the second over caught by Pollard off Dhawan. Gilchrist, who was playing his final match, lost his wicket to Coulter-Nile for just 5 runs, to leave KXIP two down in the early stages of the game. Shaun Marsh and Mahmood looked in ominous mood as they added 148 runs for the third wicket. Mahmood deposited Harbhajan over the ropes, but that didn’t stop the turbunator as he came back to bowl Marsh. Malinga who had a disappointing first spell, came back strong and picked up a very important wicket of Mahmood. Manan Vohra was looking good and hit a couple of boundaries before Pollard got the breakthrough for MI, picking up Miller for just 6. With three wickets falling in the last over, KXIP finished with 183 for eight.
Chasing a big target of 184, MI lost Maxwell in the 3rd delivery of the first Over of Praveen Kumar. Aditya Tare, who took the charge of the game, soon perished to a beautiful in swinger of Sandeep Sharma. Awana, who has been the most consistent bowler for KXIP, showed his class again, picking up the dangerous looking Rayudu. It was Awana from one end and Piyush Chawla from other and the latter got the breakthrough straight away, getting the wicking of very consistent Dinesh Kartik. Rohit Sharma got a lifeline because of a dropped catch by Marsh but didn’t make a most of it and soon lost his wicket. Pollard was given a lucky break when he was caught off a no-ball but Sandeep Sharma had him caught by David Miller a little later. Mahmood came in for the second spell and struck straight away, picking up the local lad Rishi Dhawan for just 14. Mahmood then bowled IPL debutant, Nathan Coulter-Nile in the 19th over. When everything looked in favor of the Kings, Gilchrist decided to drop the gloves and came on to bowl the final over of the innings. With his very first delivery of his cricketing life, he had Harbhajan Singh straight to the midwicket fence. MI fell short of 50 runs and KXIP, who are already out of the tournament, gave a bidding farewell to the legend Adam Gilchrist.

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