Mumbai Indians got back to their winning ways, albeit, in the last over, for a five-wicket verdict over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata today in the Indian Premier League.
After Knight Riders posted a competitive 159, Mumbai’s batsmen, led by Barbados and West Indies batsman Dwayne Smith, chased it down with just a ball to spare.
Chasing a competitive 160, Mumbai started quietly before Smith deposited Iqbal Abdulla for consecutive sixes in the fourth over. Sunil Narine drew first blood as he pegged back ‘birthday boy’ Sachin Tendulkar’s (2) middle stump. Mumbai made 42 runs from the power play.
Smith continued to attack Abdulla blasting another six. Sachithra Senanayake was also taken to the cleaners by Smith as he smashed a boundary and a six in the 8th over to bring up his fifty. Senanayake then trapped Dinesh Karthik (7) leg before.
Narine struck again getting rid of Smith (62) who had continued to look very dangerous. Rohit Sharma effortlessly hit Senanayake for two sixes in the 13th over. But Narine got the important wicket of Sharma (34) to break the 50-run partnership with Kieron Pollard. Pollard carried on with a massive six off Senanayake to reduce the equation to 18 off 12.
With Mumbai needing 10 runs to win off the last over, Rajat Bhatia dismissed Pollard (33) first ball before Harbhajan Singh hit a six and Ambati Rayudu hit a boundary to see Mumbai Indians home.
Earlier the start of the match was delayed by thirty minutes due to a wet outfield. Knight Riders elected to bat on winning the toss. Yusuf Pathan started in grand style with three boundaries and a six off Harbhajan in the first over as Knight Riders scored 26 runs from it. Mitchell Johnson then had Pathan (19) caught at slip the next over. Jacques Kallis continued the assault with two boundaries off Lasith Malinga. Knight Riders raced to 61 for 1 from their power-play overs. Pragyan Ojha then had Gambhir (26) miscue a shot to give Mumbai their second wicket.Kallis was given a life on 22 when Johnson dropped him off Ojha. But Ojha finally got his man as Kallis (37) was caught by Sharma.
After being bogged down by the Mumbai bowlers, Manoj Tiwary broke the shackles with a boundary off Yuzvendra Chahal, before launching him for a six. Eoin Morgan (31) swatted Johnson for a six, before perishing a couple deliveries later. Malinga castled Tiwary (33) and Debabrata Das (6) in the final over as Knight Riders finished at 159 for 6 from 20 overs.
Narine had the superb figures of 3 for 17 in his four overs while Dwayne Smith was named Man-of-the-Match.†