277dThe 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

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

RG Sharma
RG Sharma
98(65) 12x4 - 4x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • cover drive
  • 21 runs
  • 5x4 - 0x6
2 0 13 18 20 14 5 26
G Gambhir
57(43) 7x4 - 1x6
Control %68%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 13 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
2 2 10 6 12 4 5 16

Best performances - Bowlers

M Morkel
M Morkel
O4
M1
R18
W2
Eco4.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
CJ Anderson
CJ Anderson
O2
M0
R21
W1
Eco10.50
RHB
OFFLEG
1W
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF

Scorer: Thilak Ram | Commentator: Karthik Krishnaswamy

11.30pm That's it from all of us. Hope you enjoyed the first game of the season. Make sure you read Sidharth Monga's report, and keep coming back for our coverage of all the other matches. Until next time, ta ta!

Bharath Seervi: "5 sixes in a score of less than 50 in IPL: Suryakumar Yadav 46* (20) today and Maxwell 43 (22) vs SRH 2014"

Chibi: "i dont think finch should be dropped just for one bad performance. he's coming off a good WC performance. he should be given at least 2-3 games."

Morne Morkel is the man of the match. "With the new ball there was a little bit of swing. The rhythm was good, and I just needed to make the best use of it. It's fantastic to be back here in front of an awesome crowd, and to get that first win out of the way. We expected the wicket to turn a little bit more, but the role the spinners played, in slightly tricky conditions, sums up the team."

Gautam Gambhir: "It was a tough total to chase, and the way we chased showed we were deserving winners. It was a very good wicket, but we never knew how it was going to behave. It was different to the usual wicket we see in Kolkata. The way Morne bowled, the way other guys bowled. Morne was exceptional. The way Sunil came back showed a lot of mental strength. Happy we have started the tournament on a high."

Rohit Sharma: "We were probably 10-15 runs short, but we should have done a little better with the ball. There was something for the bowlers still. We didn't execute the plans well, but I hope the guys can pick it up and come out in a positive manner. The wicket was really good, you saw how easily they chased down 170. It was a good knock, but ending up on the losing side doesn't please you. I'm sure our guys can learn from the mistakes we made."

Siddharth: "Given the form of current players, and without changing the balance of the team, the changes that MI could make are Parthiv Patel for Finch, Hazlewood for Bumrah and Shreyas Gopal for Ojha."

11.15pm The champions have begun their season with a dominant performance. Apart from the second half of the partnership between Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson, Knight Riders dictated terms all the way through. Suryakumar Yadav has played a blinder to finish the game, after Gautam Gambhir and Manish Pandey set it up with an 85-run second-wicket partnership.

18.3
4
Vinay Kumar to SA Yadav, FOUR runs, full and wide, and Suryakumar wins it for Knight Riders with a crisp drive to the extra cover boundary
18.2
1
Vinay Kumar to Pathan, 1 run, full on off stump, smacked hard to long-on, lots of bottom hand
18.1
0
Vinay Kumar to Pathan, no run, slower bouncer outside off. Yusuf can't connect with the pull

Four runs to get. Vinay Kumar comes on.

END OF OVER:
18 | 14 Runs | KKR: 165/3 (4 runs required from 12 balls, RR: 9.16, RRR: 2.00)

  • Suryakumar Yadav42 (19b)
  • Yusuf Pathan13 (10b)
  • Lasith Malinga4-0-27-0
  • Jasprit Bumrah3-0-38-1
17.6
2
Malinga to SA Yadav, 2 runs, full outside off, swiped away to the right of long-on
17.5
6
Malinga to SA Yadav, SIX runs, full on off stump, and Suryakumar shuffles across and whips it over the wide long-on boundary. Fifth six of his innings
17.4
1
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run, slower short ball outside off, swatted over the bowler's head, mid-on runs to his right to field it

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.