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Harbhajan Singh was in the middle of his run-up when Kevin Pietersen changed his stance and also the way he gripped his bat. The seasoned offie, maybe expecting the ‘switch’, tossed the ball slow and straight. Foxed by the change of pace and the loopy trajectory, Pietersen was bowled round his legs.

His ‘left-handed’ swing across the line didn’t catch the ball. This proved to be ‘play of the match’ — the decisive moment that helped Mumbai a shocking defeat, a result that would have seen them exit Season 7.

For till then, Pietersen had forced Mumbai Indians on the backfoot. The last time the Daredevils’ skipper had taken guard at the Wankhede, he had played one of the finest knocks ever by a visiting batsman on Indian soil. On a rank-turner, during the 2012-13 tour, Pietersen’s ton took England to an emphatic win that changed the fortune of the team. During his relatively brief stay in the middle on Friday, Pietersen continued his love affair with the venue. He didn’t stay around for too long to change the complexion of the game today.

While the former England batsman was at the crease, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma’s forehead had worrying lines. But in one stroke, Pietersen changed the game. Wankhede sensing that the home team was now closing on the much-needed win was abuzz.

Source:indian express

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