Kolkata v Mumbai, IPL 2012, Kolkata May 12, 2012

Rohit century ends Kolkata's winning run


Mumbai Indians 182 for 1 (Rohit 109*, Gibbs 66*) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 155 for 4 (Kallis 79, Yusuf 40*) by 27 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

Rohit Sharma and Herschelle Gibbs, playing his first game this season, set up Mumbai Indians with a 167-run stand that helped end Kolkata Knight Riders' unbeaten run of seven games. Rohit, who made his maiden IPL ton, was in complete command and Gibbs settled in quickly despite having watched the bulk of the season from the dug out; the pair justified their captain's decision to bat, piled on a formidable total that proved beyond the hosts' reach and preserved Mumbai Indians' place in the top four.

For a team that had been among the most consistent in this IPL, Knight Riders' bowling line-up slipped up considerably. Batsmen were given a generous dose of short-pitched deliveries together with width that gave them several opportunities to open up. Both Rohit and Gibbs displayed a ruthlessness that ensured Knight Riders were made to pay. The only highlight for the hosts was the early fall of Sachin Tendulkar; from there on, it was one-way traffic.

Rohit relished the short ball and seemed to have the time to rock back and dispatch it with ease. He pulled Brett Lee for a six over square leg before slashing Shakib Al Hasan twice through point, even as the left-arm spinner pushed one through quicker the second time round. Sunil Narine, difficult to pick, beat the bat on occasion but there was plenty of release available at the other end to deal with him cautiously. Rohit slog-swept Shakib for six and then targeted Jacques Kallis.

Kallis was taken for 18 in the 11th over, Rohit sending him over deep square leg and bringing up his half-century with a flick past short fine leg. Rajat Bhatia's dibbly-dobblies weren't spared either, Rohit even sweeping him for four in an over that fetched 19. Returning for a new spell, Lee struggled for the right length - Rohit launched him over long-on, cracked him through point, clipped him over midwicket and brought up his century - the eighth Indian to score a ton in the IPL - in the same over.

Gibbs was comfortable playing second-fiddle but, even then, showed how destructive he could be in his own right. He nonchalantly charged out to Lee to hammer him over extra cover three times in one over, stepped out to Bhatia and Narine to collect more boundaries and marched along to a half-century, giving Mumbai Indians an opening combination they could stick to for the remainder of their campaign.

Knight Riders were dealt a severe blow when they lost their captain Gautam Gambhir - who scored five fifties in his previous nine games - in the first over, bowled while trying to cut. His opening partner Manvinder Bisla top-edged a catch next over, and despite an attempted revival from Kallis, Knight Riders couldn't get far enough.

On a slowish track, the Mumbai Indians bowlers varied their pace and didn't dole out too many freebies. Even though Knight Riders bat deep and had Kallis and Yusuf Pathan together for almost half the innings, they struggled to keep up with the required-rate. Kallis, though, managed to reach his first half-century this season and Yusuf, who'd had a forgettable season with the bat before this, found some form during his unbeaten 40. The defeat was a blip Knight Riders could afford, given their place at No.2, but they have stiff competition.

Siddhartha Talya is a sub editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Naresh on May 15, 2012, 7:27 GMT

    @dicaprio well said. Rohit is set to rock the cricketing world. He has the talent and unlike Sachin, he is taller and better built. With Kohli and Rohit India csn build a new test team. The others need to rally round these two.

  • Imran on May 14, 2012, 17:59 GMT

    someone said Shakib-Al-Hasan is a black cat, that's why if he is included in the team, KKR loose the match... hahahahaha... then who is the black cat in today's match against Chennai???.... LOLz.... today, really KKR felt the absence of Shakib, the one of the best bowler of the world... :)

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2012, 16:57 GMT

    I love it when people criticise Shakib when really they're just jealous and don't have the ability to play like him :)

  • roket on May 14, 2012, 14:08 GMT

    It is funny how the same Indian fans who claimed SP Narine is a better bowler than Shakib, so he should be selected over Shakib for KKR, are now claiming KKR lost because of Shakib! Shakib had a better average and strike rate than Narine on this IPL before this match. On this Match Shakib PROVED he is a better bowler than Narine, having a better econ rate, taking the only wicket for KKR. If this was a fantastic spinning track, why did the specialist spinner Narine, who deserves to be in the team over Shakib fail so miserably? Everytime Shakib does something, the haters come in here and downplay his role. It is now evident the Indian fans are jealous of Shakib, and you can't blame them. Shakib has claimed the wickets of legendary Indian captains SRT and Dravid this IPL, both of whom are supposed masters of spin and has more experience than any other batsmen in the world. I can understand the jealousy, but trying to downplay what Shakib brings to the table is ridiculous!

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2012, 10:56 GMT

    Cricket is not one man show. It's a team work. so you can't blame on shakib. there were other spinners too. what they did actually, comparison with shakib?

  • Mayan on May 14, 2012, 10:52 GMT

    Whooooo Yallanki . . . "Any day, any pitch, any opposition Mccullum wins hands down over Shakib." You have got to be joking?? What utter nonsense. McCullum fires about once in every 5 games, on average, and then it is only with the bat. It is not even necessary to look up McCullum's average runs and SR for the matches he has played for KKR's this season, because everyone knows it is waaaaaaaay below average and every fool also knows that he got selected game after game for this season on reputation only, never form. I will actually be glad if KKR's will bring McCullum back for the last couple of games - then they will lose for sure and everyone will also know why.

  • Dummy4 on May 14, 2012, 9:21 GMT

    @Rocking-IPL & Shakib_no-1_BD....Well its obvious you guys are jealous of Shakib and know deep down he's a special player but your views have no affect on Shakib so shame hahaha....whether you like it or not Shakib has a very long career ahead of him and has only just turned 25 years of age still very young and not even in his peak but the good thing is that Shakib though you guys don't like him is better than you which is why you don't even play for the International Team and don't even earn the rewards and cash like Shakib hahaha..next time praise the Cricketers instead of just criticising them that way you'll make a name for yourselves. The guy whose username involves the words IPL just shows that you only enjoy 'fake' Cricket and not proper formats such as ODIs and Tests and the other guys who doesn't like Shakib but has his name as a username just shows his uttermost jealousy :)))

  • Ish on May 14, 2012, 6:09 GMT

    In my strong opinion, KKR lost because of irresponsibility of Shakib. He should have taken wickets. And the wicket which he has taken of SRT, also costed the boast in the run-rate of the MI. I think, it was big mistake by KKR to take shakib in the team, they have broken their winning combination. They were winning so beautifully every match, until the inclusion of Shakib. He is a like a black cat for the team, who made his own team lose by only a single wicket of SRT, which costed them the entire match. He should not be played in the remaining matches.

  • Ish on May 14, 2012, 5:58 GMT

    Shakib has failed KKR. This was pitch for spinners. It was shakib's responsibility to pick up a few quick wickets. he failed to complete his responsibility entrusted by Gambir. If shakib despite being a spinner didn't know how to expolit the wicket and pick up early wickets, he should have sat on the bench. But the selfish Shakib wanted to play and make sure that MI wins. I had warned you guys earlier only, if shakib is included in the team, MI will surely win. Shakib was expected to take wickets on this pitch, not just bowl for the sake of it.

  • Suj on May 14, 2012, 5:47 GMT

    @ Pratchett - LOL classic comment there bud :o) I used to think Indian fans were annoying regarding Sachin comments and then come along these Bangladesh fans with their Sakib and Tamim. On another note, KKR picks Sakib and then lose after almost an eternity ... Goes on to show the importance of not tinkering with a winning combination!

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