IPL4: Mumbai beat Kolkata in a cliffhanger

Published: Sunday, May 22, 2011, 23:42 [IST]
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Franklin blitz stuns Eden Gardens

Chasing 176, Mumbai started off in the right earnest scoring 13 runs of the first over bowled by Brett Lee. But then, the very impressive Iqbal Abdulla struck and removed Suman with the first ball of the second over. He extracted much turn and bounce from the wicket to trouble Mumbai batsmen.

Harbhajan, was promoted to No.3 to provide some impetus to the Mumbai innings and he didn't disappoint either. But neither did he serve the purpose as he ended up scoring 30 from 29 balls. His innings was laced with five boundaries.

Rohit Sharma, couldn't do much as the onus fell back upon Sachin to steer Mumbai innings. he was doing that with contemptous ease until Rajat Bhatia foxed him with a slow leg-cutter. In his 27-ball 38, the maestro struck 6 hits to the fence before becoming Bhatia's third-victim of the match.

Pollard, struggled against all Kolkata bowlers before his painful stay at the innings was brought to an end by L Balaji. Rayudu then joined Franklin and

Earlier, Kolkata who were put in to bat after losing the toss had a disastrous start. Goswami, who was sent out to partner Jacques Kallis at the top of the order was run-out for 1 and skipper Gambhir too fell cheaply after contributing only 8 to the score. He was clean bowled by Ahmed.

Meanwhile, Kallis steered the Kolkata innings in the company of local boy Manoj Tiwary. Both of them put 45 runs for the third-wicket. Tiwary, who was run-out, was the more impressive of the duo as he carted Mumbai bowlers for five boundaries and a six to score 35 of 22 balls. Kallis on the other hand was as steady as ever.

Pathan, who came in at the fall of Tiwary's wicket was an ideal folly for Kallis as he ensured that Kolkata never fall back on the run rate. He put on a 67-run partnership with Kallis and scored 36 of them from 27 deliveries. Before being trapped LBW by Franklin, he had laced his innings with four boundaries and a six.

After Kallis became Franklin's second wicket of the match, ten Doeschate and Rajat Bhatia brought in somr final floursih to ensure that Kolkata end with 175. The burly South-African made 59 of 42 deliveries studded with four boundaries and three sixes.

For Mumbai, Franklin and Ahmed picked two wickets each, while three others were run-out.

As a result of the victory, Mumbai have now moved into the third-spot in the points table and will take on Chennai Super Kings to secure a way into the finals.

OneIndia Cricket

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