Mumbai, May 12: Mumbai Indians' (MI) veteran offspinner Harbhajan Singh is not happy with the Wankhede Stadium pitch curator. He wanted him to be adjudged 'Man-of-the-match' instead of Wriddhiman Saha.
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Last night (May 11), MI lost a last-over thriller to Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) by 7 runs in IPL 2017. It was a high-scoring contest where 453 runs were plundered in 40 overs for the loss of 9 wickets.
The 22-yard strip was a nightmare for the bowlers. And Harbhajan was left fuming at the end of the match. Harbhajan went for 45 runs in 3 overs. He failed to take a wicket.
According to Harbhajan, if these kind of batting pitches are offered, then bowling machines will have to replace bowlers. (Pollard cheats)
'Man of the match @ wankhede #curator almost 460 plus runs in 40 overs樂樂.Time is near when only bowling machines will b bowling not bowlers,' Harbhajan wrote on his Twitter page.
Batting first, KXIP posted 230/3 in 20 overs. Opener Saha struck a 55-ball 93 not out. In reply, MI fell short by 7 runs, ending at 223/6 in 20 overs.
Paceman Sandeep Sharma and Mohit Sharma were the bowling heroes for KXIP in the 19th and 20th overs. The duo defended 23 runs in final 12 deliveries.