Kolkata roll over Mumbai

2014-05-14 20:30
Sunil Narine (AP)
Cuttack - Robin Uthappa’s brilliant half-century has guided the Kolkata Knight Riders to a six-wicket victory with eight balls to spare over the Mumbai Indians in an important IPL match at the Barabati Stadium in Cuttack on Wednesday.

According to the supersport.com website, Uthappa showed pure class as he struck nine boundaries and three maximums in his innings of 80 off just 52 deliveries as Kolkata ended on 142 for four in reply to Mumbai’s 141 for five.

Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir (14) gave the hosts the perfect start with an opening stand of 50 off 46 balls before Harbhajan Singh had his compatriot chopping the ball onto the stumps in the eighth over.

Manish Pandey (14), although more sedate than his teammates, continued where Gambhir left off and added 46 runs for the second wicket off 42 balls with Uthappa. But it was Harbhajan Singh again who found the inside edge of the bat as Pandey played on.

Yusuf Pathan, playing in his 100th match, struck three boundaries and hit the winning runs, in his unbeaten innings of 20 off 13 balls.

Lasith Malinga (1-30) finally found the a mark in the wickets column when he had Shakib Al Hasan (nine) caught at long on by Ambati Rayudu with just four runs required for victory. None of the other Mumbai bowlers were able to provide support to Harbhajan Singh.

Earlier, Rohit Sharma scored a valiant half century as the visitors struggled to get the ball off the pitch. Sharma faced 45 balls for his 51 which included four boundaries and two sixes before missing an attempted lap-shot off the bowling of Sunil Narine (1-18) to see his stumps disturbed.

Sharma shared in a lively fourth-wicket partnership of 45 off 26 balls with Corey Andersion (18) but the top-order were unable to give the visitors the start they needed as Lendl Simmons (12) and Chidhambaram Gautam (eight) failed to deliver.

Rayudu posted 33 off 27 balls with three fours and a six but became bogged down in a third-wicket partnership of 35 with Sharma that took 40 balls.

Shakib Al Hasan, who replaced Jacques Kallis in the team, bowled extremely well and returned figures of 4-0-21-1.

The victory moves Kolkata onto 10 points after 10 matches but they remain in fourth position, two points behind the Rajasthan Royals.

The Mumbai Indians now trail Kolkata by four points with just four matches remaining in the group stage of the competition.


Kolkata Knight Riders: RV Uthappa (wicketkeeper), G Gambhir (captain), MK Pandey, RN ten Doeschate, YK Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, SA Yadav, PP Chawla, M Morkel, UT Yadav, SP Narine

Mumbai Indians: LMP Simmons, CM Gautam (wicketkeeper), AT Rayudu, RG Sharma (captain), KA Pollard, CJ Anderson, AP Tare, Harbhajan Singh, SL Malinga, JJ Bumrah, PP Ojha


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