IPL 2014, KKR vs MI: Kolkata Knight Riders curtail Mumbai Indians to 141

Early wickets once again pegged Mumbai Indians back as they manage slender 141 after Skipper Rohit Sharma’s half-century. Mumbai Indians lost its first wicket early on when CM Gautam was caught by Suryakumar Yadav off Morne Morkel thus ending his struggle for 8 runs. Lendl Simmons who looked in good touch in last two matches was second wicket to fell. He was bowled off Shakib’s slower one which kept low when Simmons (12) tried to walk down the track.

Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma then started the repair work with 35 run stand, majority of runs came from Rayudu’s bat who in 12th over looking to smash Piyush Chawla was caught at long on for 27-ball 33 leaving MI at 70-3. Three balls later Rohit Sharma offered his wicket when he mistimed a shot to wide long on but Yusuf Pathan grassed that chance and Rohit who was on 11 then continued his innings. Corey Anderson at other end got going and Rohit too joined as the duo milked Chawla for 17 runs in 14th over.

Their 25-ball 45 run stand gave some resilience to MI innings. Morkel then came back to remove Anderson (18) who chipped it straight to Chawla at mid-wicket. The runs were hard to come by and MI batsmen kept pushing for singles and doubles Rohit who was given a life early went on to complete his half-century off 43 balls and two balls later was cleaned up by Sunil Narine for 51 in last over.  Pollard who remained unbeaten on 10 off 11 balls failed to hit any boundary. With only four runs coming in final over MI managed only 141-5 in their quota of 20 overs.

Sunil Narine (1-18) was once again fantastic with the ball. Morkel bagged two wickets while Chawla and Shakib picked a wicket each.

Power Play: 37-2

Playing XI
KKR: Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(w), Manish Pandey, Shakib Al Hasan, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Ryan ten Doeschate, Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine, Umesh Yadav

MI: Lendl Simmons, CM Gautam(w), Rohit Sharma(c), Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Aditya Tare, Lasith Malinga, Pragyan Ojha, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah