KKR recovered from dodgy start to post an impressive total of 163/5 due to some great batting by Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis at the top of the innings.

The KKR team began their IPL campaign on a bright note when they won the toss and chose to bat first in the first game of the tournament. Although the decision of batting first looked to be a disastrous one when they lost the wicket of Gautam Gambhir in the second over for the score of 4, Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis made sure that the initial advantage is theirs as they shared a partnership of 131 runs for the second wicket.

The situation didn’t look that favorable for the KKR team around the end of the 14th over when they only had 90 runs on the board. But Jacques Kallis, who was playing a rather slow innings up to that point of time exploded in the 15th over as he struck Pragyan Ojha for 20 runs. He made sure that he took full advantage of his start and the life provided by Lasith Malinga at fine leg and score big runs towards the end of his innings.

It was youngster Manish Pandey though who provided the Knight riders with the initial momentum and boundaries as he kept playing his shots and maintained a run  rate of above 6 RPO even though Kallis was struggling to get going with his striking rate. He was ultimately dismissed for 64 by Lasith Malinga in the 17th over but his job was well done until that point of time.

Mumbai Indians started off really well with the ball, as they had only given away 31 runs in the power play overs and picked up the all important wicket of Gautam Gambhir. Zaheer khan and Lasith Malinga made sure that the Knight riders didn’t get a boundary until the fourth over. In fact the MI bowling was so good to start with that they had only given away 5 boundaries in the first 10 overs. Lasith Malinga was the pick of the bowlers as he picked up 4/23 in his four overs.

Brief score:

KKR: 163/5; (Jacques Kallis 72, Manish Pandey 64. Lasith Malinga 4/23, Zaheer khan 1/23).

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