Mumbai Indians lose low scoring T20 IPL2 cricket match against Kings X1 Punjab|Duminy plays too slow

April 30, 2009

Malinga,Zaheer and other Mumbai Indians bowlers set up Kings X1 Punjab,but the batsmen falter

Lasith Malinga Mumbai Indians motor-show-22Lasith Malinga bowled an incredible spell of fast bowling castling two batsmen with his trademark swinging yorkers. Malinga was ably supported by Zaheer Khan and Sanath Jayasuriya as the Mumbai Indians restricted the Kings X1 Punjab team to just 119 runs, made possible by a steady innings by Sangakkara

Another Mumbai Indians defeat after the failure of Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar

The Mumbai Indians IPL T20 cricket team seems to be dependent on their batting heavyweights,Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar and become defeatist as soon as the team loses these openers. No doubt, Sachin Tendulkar and Sanath Jayasuriya are great batsmen,but the Mumbai Indians cricket team batsmen need to start believing in their own talent and not seem to give up as soon as Sachin Tendulkar and Jayasuriya depart to the pavilion

Chasing 120 to win off 20 overs, Duminy seemed to mistime the chase against the Kings X1 Punjab bowlers for the Mumbai Indians IPL T20 cricket team

The Mumbai Indians were just 4 runs for the loss of the prized wickets of Sanath Jayasuriya and Sachin Tendulkar,when Duminy came in. Duminy played a stellar innings ,no doubt, and held the innings together, but he seemed to lack confidence in the rest of the Mumbai Indians batting line up as he focused on preserving his wicket and scored the slowest fifty of the IPL 2 T20 cricket tournament

With pinch-hitters like Harbhajan Singh and Zaheer Khan yet to bat, Jean Paul Duminy should have scored a little faster rather than just relying on singles. After chasing just 120 off 20 overs, the Mumbai Indians soon required 30 runs to get off the last 3 overs, and finally 12 runs off the last over,which is a really tough ask

In fairness to Duminy, if his slog over mid wicket had crossed the boundary rather than falling a yard short, the Mumbai Indians would have won the T20 IPL cricket match vs the Kings X1 Punjab cricket team

With this loss to the Punjab Kings 11,the Mumbai Indians have now lost two IPL T20 cricket matches and are at a key inflection point

The Mumbai Indians need to step up their IPL2 T20 campaign.No doubt the Mumbai Indians cannot win every T20 cricket match they play, but they need to have the confidence in themselves to at least win at least the close encounters

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