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As it happened: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 7, Match 1


Cricketnext Staff
Apr 17, 2014 at 12:16am IST

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Defending champions Mumbai Indians are up against 2012 champions Kolkata Knight Riders in the opening match at Abu Dhabi.

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The first phase of IPL 7 includes 20 games that will be played at Sharjah, Dubai and Abu Dhabi between April 16 and 30.

As it happened: Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 7, Match 1

File photo of KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. (BCCI)

Mumbai won their maiden title last year, giving a perfect farewell to batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who is with the team this year in the capacity of an 'ICON'.

Commentary (Mumbai Indians 1st Innings)

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Jacques Kallis is adjudged the Man of the Match for his superb performance with both the bat and the ball. He starts off saying that he has had a good few months off, has worked hard and it has come off for him. Adds the pitch had more bounce and suited their style of play. Mentions that they bowled well, Morne was good starting up. Admits that he does not have that many years left playing this game so is just looking to enjoy his time.

Kolkata kept taking wickets at regular intervals which left Mumbai with no momentum at all. Rayudu was the top scorer for Mumbai as the rest of the batting line up struggled to cope with the spin of Narine. They again left their power hitters too much to do. Kolkata will not mind it though, they start off on a winning note.

A huge win for Kolkata. They have registered only their third victory against Mumbai in the Indian T20 league. They started off slowly winning the toss and batting but the innings from Kallis and Pandey set up a good total for them. Both of them scored fifties. Malinga was the lone star for Mumbai.

19.6 P Chawla to C Gautam, OUT! Stumped! Floated outside off, Gautam comes down the track to hit but does not connect. Uthappa does the rest and seals the win for his team. KOLKATA WIN BY 41 RUNS! 122/7

19.5 P Chawla to K Pollard, Short outside off, dabbed down to third man for a single. 122/6

19.4 P Chawla to C Gautam, Fuller on off, dragged through mid-wicket for a single. 121/6

19.3 P Chawla to C Gautam, NOT OUT! Bowls it outside off, Gautam looks to sweep but does not connect well. Uthappa takes the bails off in a flash but he was well in. The replays confirm the same. 120/6

Third umpire referred for a stumping appeal.

19.2 P Chawla to C Gautam, Full on off, Gautam lofts it over the mid on region for a couple. 120/6

19.1 P Chawla to K Pollard, Fuller outside off, Pollard drills it through long off for a single. 118/6

18.6 S Narine to C Gautam, Flatter down the leg side, Gautam goes for the reverse sweep but does not connect at all. 47 NEEDED in 6 BALLS. 117/6

18.5 S Narine to C Gautam, FOUR! Shot! Good length on middle, Gautam slogs it over the square leg region for a boundary. 117/6

18.4 S Narine to C Gautam, Bowls it on off, Gautam defends it towards the off side. 113/6

CM Gautam is the new man in.

18.3 S Narine to H Singh, OUT! Castled! Fuller on off, Harbhajan looks to heave it through the on side but is beaten all ends up. The ball goes through him and hits the stumps. 50th IPL wicket for Sunil Narine! 113/6

18.2 S Narine to H Singh, Good length outside off, Singh has a heave to the on side but gets an inside edge on his pads. 113/5

Harbhajan Singh walks out to bat. Can the Singh strike?

18.1 S Narine to C Anderson, OUT! Timber! Full outside off, Corey slogs across the line and has his off stump pegged back. This was on the cards. Narine has three! 113/5

17.6 P Chawla to K Pollard, Flatter outside off, Pollard fails to connect with his shot through the off side. 113/4

17.6 P Chawla to K Pollard, WIDE! Bowls it down the leg side. The umpire wides him. Will the extra ball cost him? 113/4

17.5 P Chawla to K Pollard, Full on middle, Pollard swings it across the line through mid-wicket for a couple of runs. 112/4

17.4 P Chawla to C Anderson, Full outside off, Corey bunts it over long on for a single. 110/4

17.3 P Chawla to C Anderson, Loopy outside off, Anderson fails to connect with his slog sweep. 109/4

17.2 P Chawla to C Anderson, Bowls the wrong 'un outside off, Corey fails to connect with his pull shot. 109/4

17.1 P Chawla to C Anderson, Flatter outside off, Corey misses his cut. 109/4

Chawla comes on to bowl. Huge risk!

16.6 S Narine to K Pollard, Quicker and flatter on middle and leg, Pollard fails to work it off his pads. 55 NEEDED IN 18 BALLS. 109/4

16.5 S Narine to K Pollard, Full on off, Pollard turns it through the on side for a couple of runs. 109/4

16.4 S Narine to C Anderson, DROPPED! Loopy outside off, Corey gets an outside edge towards the off side. There was a chance for Robin to catch that one but that will go down as a drop. 107/4

16.3 S Narine to C Anderson, Flatter on middle, Corey is struck on his pads as he fails to work it through the on side off his back foot. 106/4

16.2 S Narine to C Anderson, Good length outside off, Corey defends it with a bottom edge. 106/4

Corey Anderson comes out to bat.

16.1 S Narine to A Rayudu, OUT! Rayudu stumped! Floated outside off, Rayudu comes down the track to hit out but does not connect. Uthappa misses at first but then does well to recover and disturb the stumps in time on his second attempt. End of a scratchy knock from Rayudu. 106/4

15.6 M Morkel to K Pollard, Well bowled! Banged in short on off, Pollard can do nothing but has a poke at it and is beaten. 58 NEEDED IN 24 BALLS. 106/3

15.5 M Morkel to K Pollard, Banged in short on middle, Pollard lets it hit his gloves and the ball lobs towards the off side. He seems to be hurt but the big man is okay. 106/3

15.4 M Morkel to A Rayudu, Short again outside off, Rayudu pulls it through the square leg region for a single. 106/3

15.3 M Morkel to A Rayudu, FOUR! Shot! Shorter in length on middle and leg, Rayudu finally connects with the shot he wanted to play in the last over. The ball goes through to the fine leg fence. 105/3

Kieron Pollard walks out to bat. He has a task on his hands.

Time-out taken! Wasim Akram, the bowling coach for Kolkata has a chat with his bowlers.

15.2 M Morkel to R Sharma, OUT! King Kallis takes a good catch! Fuller ball on middle, Rohit mistimes his shot over the mid-wicket region. Kallis runs in from deep mid-wicket and takes a good tumbling catch. The umpires check for the no-ball but it was a legitimate delivery. Kallis at first misjudged it but then did well to hold onto the catch. 101/3

15.1 M Morkel to R Sharma, SIX! Superb shot! Shorter in length on off, Rohit gets under it and pummels it over the square leg region for a huge maximum. A much needed boundary for them! 101/2

14.6 S Narine to A Rayudu, FOUR BYES! Floated on middle, Rayudu comes down the track to heave it through the on side but misses. The ball misses everything and goes through past the keeper for a boundary. The umpire signals it byes. 69 needed in 30 deliveries. 95/2

14.5 S Narine to R Sharma, Quicker on middle, turned through mid-wicket for a single. 91/2

14.4 S Narine to A Rayudu, Short again on off, Rayudu plays it through long off for a single. 90/2

14.3 S Narine to A Rayudu, Bowls it outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and flat bats it through mid off for a couple of runs. 89/2

14.2 S Narine to A Rayudu, Flatter on middle and leg, Rayudu fails to work it off his pads. 87/2

14.1 S Narine to R Sharma, Bowls it on off, Rohit turns it to mid-wicket for a single. 87/2

Sunil Narine comes back for a bowl.

13.6 M Morkel to A Rayudu, Back of a good length on middle, Rayudu again looks to flick it over the fine leg region but does not connect at all. 86/2

13.5 M Morkel to A Rayudu, Bowls it short on middle and leg, Rayudu walks across to pull it through. The ball beats him but the umpire does not wide him. 86/2

13.4 M Morkel to R Sharma, Shorter in length on middle and leg, Rohit backs away and taps it past third man for a single. 86/2

13.3 M Morkel to A Rayudu, Shorter in length on off, Rayudu looks to heave it but does not connect well. He takes a single. 85/2

13.2 M Morkel to A Rayudu, Bowls it back of a length outside off, Rayudu comes down the track and looks to play it through the off side but does not connect at all. 84/2

13.1 M Morkel to R Sharma, Good length outside off, Rohit taps it towards short third man for a single. 84/2

Morne Morkel comes back on.

Change of gloves and a bit of refreshment for Ambati Rayudu.

12.6 Al Hasan to A Rayudu, Flatter outside off, Rayudu does well to reach out to it as he was coming down the track. They take a couple of runs as the fielder at cover-point dived and parried the ball away. 83/2

12.5 Al Hasan to A Rayudu, Fuller on middle, Rayudu comes down the track and drives it to covers for a couple of runs. 81/2

12.4 Al Hasan to R Sharma, Bowls it on middle and leg, Rohit turns it through mid on for a single. 79/2

12.3 Al Hasan to R Sharma, Fuller on off, Rohit drives it through covers. The fielder does well in the deep at cover to keep the batsmen down to a couple of runs. 78/2

12.2 Al Hasan to A Rayudu, Fuller on middle, Rayudu drives it through mid off for a single. 76/2

12.1 Al Hasan to A Rayudu, FOUR! Lovely shot! Floats it on off, Rayudu comes down the track and drives it through the long off region for a boundary. 75/2

Shakib back on for a bowl.

11.6 P Chawla to A Rayudu, Bowls it on middle, Rayudu comes down the track and defends it towards long on for a run. 93 needed in 48 balls. 71/2

11.5 P Chawla to A Rayudu, Fuller in length on middle, Rayudu chips it over the mid-wicket region for a couple of runs. 70/2

11.4 P Chawla to R Sharma, Short outside off, cut away to deep point for a single. 68/2

11.3 P Chawla to A Rayudu, Floats it on middle, Rayudu turns it through the mid-wicket region for a single. 67/2

11.2 P Chawla to R Sharma, Outside off, Rohit drives it through long off for a single. 66/2

11.1 P Chawla to R Sharma, Flatter on off, Rohit defends it. 65/2

Piyush Chawla to bowl now.

10.6 J Kallis to A Rayudu, Fuller in length on middle, Rayudu backs away and drills it over the bowler's head for a couple of runs. 65/2

10.5 J Kallis to A Rayudu, Back of a length outside off, Rayudu flashes it over the point region for a single. 63/2

10.4 J Kallis to A Rayudu, On a good length on off, Rayudu defends it with a solid bat. 61/2

10.3 J Kallis to A Rayudu, FOUR! Cheeky! Fuller in length outside off, Rayudu gets down on his knees and flicks it over the fine leg region for a boundary. 61/2

10.2 J Kallis to R Sharma, On a length on off, Rohit turns it through mid on off his crease. 57/2

10.1 J Kallis to R Sharma, Fuller in length on middle, Rohit clips it though the vacant mid-wicket region fora a couple of runs. 56/2

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