Jaipur: Michael Lumb butchered the Kings XI bowlers with a whirlwind 43-ball 83 as Rajasthan Royals spanked their opponents from Punjab by nine wickets in their Indian Premier League match in Jaipur.
Lumb blasted as many as 16 boundaries and two sixes and amassed 109 off 57 balls with opener Naman Ojha (44 off 37 balls) to help Rajasthan overhaul the target with five overs to spare and inch closer to booking their semifinal berth.
Earlier, Mahela Jayawardene top-scored with a 33-ball 44 and Yuvraj Singh hit a 28-run cameo but Kings XI lost momentum and could manage only 27 runs losing two wickets in the last five overs to score a modest 153.
Lumb was at his attacking best as the English cricketer tore apart the Kings XI bowling and plundered fours and sixes at will to single-handedly take Rajathan Royals to the fastest IPL III fifty in 3.5 overs.
Sreesanth was in his firing line in the first over when Lumb slammed two fours off him before picking up four more boundaries spread over the next two overs off Ramesh Powar and Sreesanth.
Rajasthan Royals’ Michael Lumb (L) and Naman Ojha congratulate each other during the IPL T20 match against Kings XI Punjab in Jaipur on Wednesday. Kamal Kishore/PTI
But it was the fourth over when Lumb went completely berserk and plundered Juan Theron for three boundaries and a six to pick up 20 runs as Rajasthan reached 55 for no loss in 4 overs.
Silent all this time, Naman Ojha then got into the act and clubbed a couple of fours off Powar.
Lumb picked up another four off Piyush Chawla in the next over and then picked up a single to complete his well-deserved fifty in 28 balls.
Bipul Sharma was then introduced into the attack but there was no respite for the 26-year-old spinner as Lumb fired two more fours, before sending Chawla out of the park in the next over.
Skipper Kumar Sangakkara then tossed the ball to Irfan Pathan but it made no difference to Lumb’s plans as he went on to acculumate 17 runs off the left-arm pacer which included four fours en route to Rajasthan’s 108 in nine overs.
Ravi Bopara finally brought an end to his innings when looking for a shot over mid-wicket, Lumb ended up giving a catch to Chawla.
However, Ojha and Yusuf Pathan (21 not out) made sure there was no more hiccups and forged a 33-ball 48-run stand to romp home in quick time.
Earlier, Jayawardene plundered six boundaries and one six, while Yuvraj Singh (28) blasted three sixes and one four to set the tone but Kings XI kept losing wickets and couldn’t accelarate in the end to post a modest 153.
M Lumb ct Piyush Chawla b Ravi Bopara 83
N Ojha not out 44 37 4 1 118.92
Y Pathan not out 21 13 - 2 161.54
S Trivedi - -
S Watson - -
S Warne - -
A Raut - -
A Jhunjhunwala - -
F Fazal - -
A Dole - -
A Voges - -
Total: 157 / 1 in 15 overs
Kings XI Punjab
M Bisla ct Faiz Fazal b Shane Watson 20
M Jayawardene ct Shane Warne b Aditya Dole 44
K Sangakkara ct Yusuf Pathan b Siddharth Trivedi 7
Y Singh b Aditya Dole 28
I Pathan not out 24
R Bopara runout (Abhishek Raut / Faiz Fazal / Naman Ojha) 8
P Chawla ct Abhishek Jhunjhunwala b Siddharth Trivedi 10
B Sharma not out 1 1
J Theron - -
S Sreesanth - -
R Powar - -
Total: 153 / 6 in20 overs