Marsh duo catch attention in Indian Premier League


Thu, May 12, 2011 - Page 19

Shaun Marsh hit 43 and Bhargav Bhatt bagged four wickets as the bottom-placed Kings XI Punjab stunned table-toppers Mumbai Indians by 76 runs in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday.

In another match, Shaun’s younger brother, Mitchell, took four wickets and Sourav Ganguly hit an unbeaten 32 on his comeback as the Pune Warriors beat the Deccan Chargers by six wickets.

Mumbai could never recover after losing three wickets for 27 runs and were bowled out for 87 in 12.5 overs chasing a 164-run target, with the West Indies’ Kieron Pollard top-scoring with 17 in a dismal batting show.

Seamer Praveen Kumar did the early damage when he took two of the first three wickets, including that of skipper Sachin Tendulkar (six). Left-arm spinner Bhatt finished with 4-22, including three wickets in one over.

Australians Shaun Marsh and Adam Gilchrist (28), and Dinesh Karthik (31) helped Punjab post a competitive total despite a five-wicket haul by seamer Munaf Patel (5-21).

Shaun Marsh, who put on 70 for the second wicket with skipper Gilchrist, hit five fours in his 34-ball knock before falling to a superb diving catch by Pollard in the deep off Patel.

Mumbai, who had already made sure of a place in the semi-finals, still lead with 16 points.

They are followed by Chennai (14), Kolkata (14), Bangalore (13), Rajasthan (11), Kochi (10), Pune (eight), Delhi (eight), Punjab (eight) and Deccan (six).

Paceman Mitchell Marsh, 19, earlier finished with 4-25 as Pune restricted Deccan to 136-8 before achieving the target with 10 balls to spare.