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Kolkata open with thumping victory

Kolkata 163 for 5 (Kallis 72, Pandey 64, Malinga 4-23) beat Mumbai 122 for 7 (Narine 4-20) by 41 runs
Scorecard and ball-by-ball details

On a green Abu Dhabi pitch that had plenty of bounce, Kolkata cruised to a big win over defending champions Mumbai in the opening game of the season. The biggest difference was the impact made by the teams' overseas players: Lasith Malinga was the only one who delivered for Mumbai, but for Kolkata Jacques Kallis set up the innings with a 72, Morne Morkel squeezed the chase with a burst of 2-0-2-0 at the start of the innings, and Sunil Narine scalped four as he became the quickest bowler to 50 wickets in the tournament.

Kolkata, on choosing to bat, began poorly with their captain Gautam Gambhir scratching around for a eight-ball duck that was ended by a pinpoint Malinga yorker. Manish Pandey, whose most famous feat remains his breakthrough century in the 2009 season, grabbed his chance at No. 3, and put on a 131-run stand with Kallis.

It was slow going early on, with only four fours and a six in the first 10 overs. Kallis has regularly faced questions over the pacing of his innings in Twenty20s, and when he was 34 off 31 in the 14th over, the murmurs were at their loudest, especially as Kolkata had a bunch of hitters waiting for their chance. On the next delivery, Malinga put down a sitter off Kallis at short fine leg. It prompted a series of big hits from Kallis. He ransacked 37 off his next 13 deliveries, including two sixes and a four off a Pragyan Ojha over.

Pandey, who hasn't quite lived up to the Twenty20 reputation earned by that out-of-the-blue knock, also quickened his pace after getting to his half-century, even slugging a Malinga slower ball for six. After a couple of seasons in which he has struggled to hold down a spot in the XI, this innings should give him a bit of a run in the side. After his dismissal, Malinga struck twice in his final over, before Suryakumar Yadav played a couple of innovative strokes to lift Kolkata to 163.

The last time Morkel played an official T20, he was taken for 50 runs in three overs. He was up against Michael Hussey, the highest run-getter of the previous season. Morkel exploited the bounce in the pitch to drain away any momentum the chase could gather, and Hussey had one of his worst outings as he pottered around for 13-ball 3 before falling to Narine.

Ambati Rayudu and Rohit Sharma, two of the stalwarts of Mumbai over the years, tried to up the scoring but against an attack that didn't give away much on a surface where the ball wasn't quite coming on, the asking rate kept on increasing. They put on 61 off 45 deliveries, but when Rohit perished to a tumbling Kallis catch off Morkel in the 16th over, the game was virtually over.

Mumbai needed 63 off 28, but their big-hitting allrounders, Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson, had a horrid time against the guile of Narine, who ended with figures of 4 for 20 to ensure a resounding win for Kolkata.

Head-to-head

3

The number of times that Kolkata have now beaten Mumbai in 13 attempts

Narine v Mumbai

11

Sunil Narine's wickets against Mumbai in five games - economy rate of 5.68

Miserly Morne

1-16

Morkel's second-most economical figures in the tournament. In his previous game against Mumbai, he had conceded 43

Pollard v Kolkata

4

Number of times Kieron Pollard has been dismissed in single figures against Kolkata. He averages 12.16 against them

Mumbai's finishes

1

Number of occasions when Mumbai have scored 69 or more in the last 5 overs while batting second

Poor first half

54

The least Mumbai have scored against Kolkata in the first ten overs

Rohit v Narine

100

Rohit Sharma’s strike rate against Sunil Narine in the IPL – 21 runs off 21 balls while being dismissed twice

More chase stats

8

Number of times Mumbai have successfully chased a target of 164 or more - in 11 attempts

Chase stats

5-2

Mumbai's win-loss when chasing targets between 155 and 165. 2-0 v Kolkata

Yusuf v Bhajji

188.88

Yusuf Pathan’s strike rate against Harbhajan in this tournament (4 innings, 0 dismissals).

Strike-rate

4/5

Four of Pandey's five IPL fifties have taken 40 or more balls, his slowest (43 balls) also came against Mumbai

Go slow

6/10

Six out of the ten slowest fifty-plus partnerships, including this one, against Mumbai have been by Kolkata

Opening woes

52

Runs added by Kolkata's opening wicket in their last seven games against Mumbai