Mumbai v Kolkata, IPL 2013, Mumbai May 7, 2013

Mumbai thump KKR to go second

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Mumbai Indians 170 for 6 (Tendulkar 48, Smith 47) v Kokata Knight Riders 105 (Harbhajan 3-27, Johnson 2-13) by 65 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

In the increasingly intense fight for the play-offs, Mumbai Indians joined Rajasthan Royals at No. 2 hours after the latter had broken away with a win of their own. And the win came easy against the defending champions, Kolkata Knight Riders. It was the kind of win that coaches love: almost everything went to plan. They won the toss, batted first, Sachin Tendulkar and Dinesh Karthik got them a target, and their superior attack shut Knight Riders out. Only a faulty light tower and some good fielding towards the end of Mumbai's innings posed any resistance.

It was all one-way traffic from the moment Tendulkar smacked Ryan McLaren for five successive fours, all to different areas of the ground, in the fourth over. By the time the power failure countered the Tendulkar blaze, he had reached 29 off 17 balls. Despite Dwayne Smith's struggle to get going at the other end, Mumbai were headed in the right direction.

The lights came back on for Tendulkar to score 19 more off 11 more balls. Smith failed to reach a run a ball, but by the time they fell, Mumbai had reached 99 in the 14th over. Some good fielding - Eoin Morgan's catch at deep midwicket, lobbing the ball up, stepping over the boundary and coming back in to complete the catch; and two run-outs - reduced Mumbai to 144 for 6 in the 19th over.

Karthik, though, kept scoring from one end. Most striking was his unsettling of Sunil Narine. He used sweeps to hit Narine off his length, and took 20 off the 11 balls he faced from Narine. Mitchell Johnson, as if to give a sample of what was to follow, smacked the last ball of the innings for a straight six.

Ten minutes later, he began swinging the ball at a high pace. An inside edge saved Manvinder Bisla first ball, and then next hit him high on the thigh pad. Two balls later, Gautam Gambhir played for the non-existent swing, and was bowled for a duck. Jacques Kallis and Bisla looked to revive the chase, but Pragyan Ojha had Bisla stumped just after the Powerplay.

Kallis soon fell to Harbhajan Singh, who had dropped him earlier. And when Eoin Morgan sliced Abu Nechim to point in the 13th over, the game was virtually over, just like Knight Riders' campaign.

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

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  • Murtaza. on May 8, 2013, 9:43 GMT

    I Think KKR need Wasim Akram again, they are totaly out of touch, missing players like Sakib and Kivi keeper, Bisla played good inning in final, but he not better then McCulln. Gambir is always under presser while chaseing Big totals. Yousaf pathan is not in good touch since he is playing for KKR. Lee is good but McLaren is not good as Lee. Iqbal Abdullah is good with Narine and Morgen is only inform Batsman. KKR lucky that they are not second last This year. Good luck for the next year.

  • dummy4fb on May 8, 2013, 9:17 GMT

    I don't understand the captain's logic for giving the last over. In this IPL it has been a big blunders.... Balaji was so economical and he was not allowed to bowl the last over. During CSK vs MI - Bravo has been under utilized. In a Kings X1 punjab match David Hussy bowled the last over and taken for 20+ runs which has contributed to loose the match....Right bowlers should be used at the right time............

  • dork29 on May 8, 2013, 8:32 GMT

    As is quite evident now, it is not about Sachin or Smith or Johnson anymore for MI. It is Rohit Sharma. his captaincy has been brilliant. He has a very mature and capable head on his shoulders and is revelling under the new responsibility. I have a feeling John Wright had something to do with it. Suddenly he seems a much better prospect for a shot at India captaincy, if Dhoni is not available. MI is looking very formidable. 170 is not a very big score. A sixth placed team like Kings' XI overpowered the 190+ score of RCB. KKR could quite easily have overhauled 170. But teh bowling changes of Rohit, the standards he has set with fielding, the passion with which MI is playing all go to show that they have a captain who is sparkling not just with the bat. With Rohit at the helm, MI would be teh team to beat. Excepting Kings XI, all the other teams look to their captain to come good for them to come good. KKR's skipper is at the moment, having a miserable time.

  • Shajahan.P on May 8, 2013, 7:34 GMT

    @simonville, If anybody think SMITH played a good innings yesterday, Pls reply for the below questions.

    1. Though smith could not hit the balls in Power Plays, Did he give strikes to SRT by taking quick single or touching the ball? 2. if you are there to hit only Spin bowling, why did you open the innings? 3. Did he get out in a proper cricketing shot? (always touched Wide deliveries) 4. Could he touch S.Narine bowling. 5. Did you and D.SMITH know that the Biggies DK, Rohit, Pollard, Rayudu are longing to strike.

    We did not expect SMITH should hit all the ball. But be better not to play a selfish innings. you play in PowerPlay overs and try reaching atleast 100-120 strike rate. so that Middle order can set and play big shots.

    First know technically what is the difference between Test, ODI, T20. and watch closely the IPL teams and their playing XI.

  • Jinasoma on May 8, 2013, 7:15 GMT

    I think KKR missed badly Shakib.He is an aggressive batsman than Kallis.

  • kristee on May 8, 2013, 7:08 GMT

    This is not the first time the worst available bowler bowling the last over to MI. Hussey, Laughlin and now McLaren. Wonder why this happens too often! Smith's overall average and strike-rate for the season are much better than Tendulkar's; so the former's critics' sudden excitement is a bit weird, I thought.

  • ladycricfan on May 8, 2013, 6:35 GMT

    If Lee/Senanayake played instead of McLaren MI score would've been 30 runs less and the chase would've been a lot easier for KKR. With Johnson in prime form MI bowling unit look formidable. MI is peaking at the right time and look sure to reach the play offs.

  • GRVJPR on May 8, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    There must be an award for best pitch in tournament and that is without any doubt is Sawai Mansingh Stadium Jaipur (Rajasthan)

  • simonviller on May 8, 2013, 5:59 GMT

    You nvited us to the party ,so just enjoy our dance and give credit where it is ue !!!!

  • Rafelgibt on May 8, 2013, 5:37 GMT

    Awesome batting display by SIR SACHIN RAMESH TENDULKAR>>> Brilliant, Outstanding,Mind Blowing......I thoroughly enjoyed......What to say about KKR??The absence of SHAKIB AL Hasan is heavily felt in the team...May be next year but i doubt SHAKIB is going to play in KKR???All the best to Tendulkar....