Mumbai Indians whip Kolkata Knight Riders

Published: Friday, May 16, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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Mumbai: Mumbai Indians handed Kolkata Knight Riders a morale-crushing eight-wkt defeat in their IPL tie at the Wankhede Stadium here on Friday.

Mumbai seam attack spearheaded by Pollock (3/12) bundled out Kolkata for a measly 67-the lowest total in the event - on a seaming wicket. Only Butt (13), Ganguly (15) and Agarkar (15) managed to reach double figures.

In reply local outfit collected the required runs in 5.3 overs with 8 wickets in hand. Jayasuriya remained unbeaten on blistering 17-ball 48 studded with six boundaries and three sixes. Tendulkar (0) and Uthappa (9) were the batsmen dismissed.


The pitch offered bounce and lateral movements and Pollock and Co exploited it to the hilt.

Polly started the rot plucking the first three Kolkata wickets to fall. Knight Riders succumbed under the pressure exerted by change bolwers Bravo, Raje and Thornely, who cramped the batters bowling to a line not full to be driven and not wide to be cut, joined the party with two wickets apiece.

Mumbai veterans Shaun, Sachin and Sanath showed the way for Indians. The 30-plus cricketers showed they still have it in them to compete at highest level no matter what format... Shaun started it with the fine spell up front. Sachin the captain expertly marshalled his slender and inexperienced bowling resources well besides took four catches in the slip cordon. And Sanath finished it in style with a typical blazing innings.

Mumbai Indians with 10 points from nine games are now on level with Delhi and Kolkata in points table. In fact Mumbai have the best run-rate in the event.

This is the team which started off on a disasterous note losing three off three and Harbhajan episode oly added to Mumbai woes before makeshift Pollock pulled the team out of dumps with a couple of wins. In came Tendulkar and his mere presence was enough to inject a new lease of life to the side.

Earlier, Pollock and Co made the optimum use of the conditions and skittled the Kolkata to the lowest total in the event so far.

Pollock, who bowled his quota of 4 overs in a stretch, showed the way bowling to a probing outside the off-stump line making it much more difficult for batsmen to negotiate the movements accentuated by bounce on the seaming wicket.

The South African induced Butt to edge thro' to Tendulkar for a regulation slip catch. He then had the dangerous David Hussey and Mohd Hafeez in his third and fourth over respectively to reduce Kolkata to 28/4 in the seventh over of the innings. In the meanwhile Chopra fell in the shape of run-out trying to scamper a single that wasn't there.

The change bowlers Bravo and Raje removed Saha and Shukla respectively in their maiden overs.

Ganguly, who saw wickets fall like nine pins, too departed after an unconvincing 20-ball 15 when Takawale held onto a sharp reflex catch off the bowling of Thornley. Agarkar dispatched the first two balls he played to the fence before edging a away swinging short pitched ball off Bravo to Tendulkar at slips.

Akhtar spooned a catch to Tendulkar (fourth in the innings) off a slower one from Raje as curtains brought down to Kolkata Innings.


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