Match Day

776dThe Report by Sidharth Monga

KKR begin title defence with win at home

Kolkata Knight Riders dropped three catches, Mumbai Indians outdid them by one, and fittingly the defending champions got their campaign off to a victorious start

776dNagraj Gollapudi

Polished Suryakumar's transformed role

These days every player is handled particular roles. Last season, Suryakumar Yadav was performing the finisher's role. This season it is more flexible where he has been asked to bat in the middle order and play according to the match situation

776dNagraj Gollapudi in Kolkata

Knight Riders' intent foils Mumbai's defence

The tone for Kolkata Knight Riders' confident chase was set by Gautam Gambhir, whose domineering mindset negated Mumbai's spinners and forced the opposition to rethink its plans

776dNagraj Gollapudi in Kolkata

IPL hopes to cure World Cup hangover

Within ten days after the World Cup final, the IPL is here. But one factor that will draw Indian crowds in is that after Australia and New Zealand, cricket is now closer to the fans

Preview

282dThe Preview by Alagappan Muthu

Mumbai brace for dynamic Knight Riders

A well-rounded Kolkata Knight Riders have very little to worry with Sunil Narine back in their ranks, while Mumbai Indians' ability to work as a team will be in focus

Leading from the Front

155

Runs scored by opposition captains in this match (Gambhir 57, Rohit 98), the third highest in any IPL game, just missing the IPL record of 163.

Stepping on it

6.3

KKR's run-rate in the first six overs. Their run-rate in the next six overs was 10.2.

Nosing Ahead

38/1

Knight Riders' score after six overs. Mumbai Indians were 37/3. Knight Riders' average Powerplay score in the IPL is 43/1.

The Rohit-Eden love story

102.1

Rohit Sharma's batting average at Eden Gardens (across formats). He has scored 919 runs, including 4 hundreds and a fifty.

A Big Stand

131

The partnership between Anderson and Rohit, the highest fourth wicket stand for Mumbai Indians.

Piling on the 50s

23

Number of 50+ scores for Rohit Sharma in the IPL, the second-most for any player. Raina has 24, while Gambhir has 23.

Morne Morkel - 2/18

5

Number of times Morne Morkel has conceded less than 20 runs in an IPL game when picking up 2 or more wickets.

A Difficult Maiden

3

Number of maiden overs bowled by Morne Morkel for KKR when bowling in the Powerplay. He bowled one today (6th over).

Power-less Play

43/1

Mumbai Indians' average Powerplay score in the IPL. They only managed 37/3 in this game.

Mumbai Ahead

10

Number of matches that Knight Riders have lost to Mumbai Indians. They have won only four times.