Kolkata In an inconsequential match, Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by nine wickets with more than two overs to spare. The victory came courtesy some good bowling by the Knights, as they restricted the Mumbai Indians for a paltry 133.
Sourav Ganguly and Brendon McCullum stitched 97 runs for the first wicket, thus propelling the side towards the victory pole with ease. This win was Kolkata's first against Mumbai in all three editions of IPL.
Chasing 134 to win, Ganguly and McCullum started in sedate fashion. It was in the fourth over bowled by Dilhara Fernando that Ganguly opened up, hitting the bowler for a boundary and a six of consecutive deliveries. Two boundaries in the next over from Ryan McLaren meant that Kolkata were off to a good start chasing the paltry total.
The duo scaled the 50-run stand in seven overs and were comfortably heading towards the target. Runs came in thick and fast as both Ganguly and McCullum kept moving towards the target without any flutters. The partnership ended at the score of 97 when Ganguly edged a Rajagopalan Sathish's delivery and Dwayne Bravo caught it, avoiding a collision with Mclaren.
David Hussey and Brendon McCullum finished formalities for the Knights with more than two overs remaining. Kolkata thus finished with 14 points, same as those of Royal Challengers and Chennai Super Kings but way behind their run-rates, there-by losing out in the race to the semi-finals.
Earlier, opting to bat first after winning the toss, Mumbai did not start well losing their first two wickets within the first three overs with less than 10 runs on the board. Both batsmen Aditya Tare and Shikhar Dhawan became victims of some quick bowling by Shane Bond.
Then Jean Paul Duminy and Sourabh Tiwary consolidated the Mumbai innings. The two counter attacked and the result of their attacking sorts, Mumbai after 10 overs had scaled 69 for he loss of two wickets, all this after a very slow start.
Kolkata spinners Murali Kartik and David Hussey then started to pull things back with some slow bowling. They hardly gave any pace to the batsmen and as a result runs dried up on this slow surface. This tight bowling then resulted in Duminy's wicket who trying to swing one from Jaidev Unadkat, missed it completely and the leather disturbed his timber. Then it was Tiwari's turn to head back to the pavilion as he hit one straight to Brendon McCullum.
Kartik also removed Bravo, who in trying to hit one out of the ground, missed it and was stumped easily by Wriddhiman. In the same over, Sathish hit a boundary which was a four after seven overs. That broke the shackles and in the next over bowled by Unadkat, Rayudu hit the left-arm seamer for two boundaries, one on either side of the wicket.
The slowness of the side prompted Ganguly to bring Manoj Tiwary to bowl at the death. He struck in his first over, removing Sathish. In the end, aided by some good batting by Ambati Rayudu, Mumbai finished with 133 for the loss of eight wickets.