result
1st match (N), Kolkata, Apr 8 2015, Pepsi Indian Premier League
(18.3/20 ov, target 169)170/3
KKR won by 7 wickets (with 9 balls remaining)
Player Of The Match
2/18
morne-morkel
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• The 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

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Scores: Thilak Ram
Comms: Karthik Krishnaswamy
Scorecard summary
Mumbai Indians168/3(20 overs)
Kolkata Knight Riders170/3(18.3 overs)

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 to 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 to Pathan, 1 run

full on off stump, smacked hard to long-on, lots of bottom hand

18.1
Vinay 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 1814 runs
KKR: 165/3CRR: 9.16 RRR: 2.00
Suryakumar Yadav42 (19)
Yusuf Pathan13 (10)
Lasith Malinga 4-0-27-0
Jasprit Bumrah 3-0-38-1
17.6
2
Malinga to Yadav, 2 runs

full outside off, swiped away to the right of long-on

17.5
6
Malinga to 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

17.3
Malinga to Pathan, no run

slower bouncer outside off, Yusuf fails to connect with the pull

17.2
4
Malinga to Pathan, FOUR runs

short, angled down leg, and Yusuf whips it off his hips and easily beats long leg, who sprints to his right and sprawls full-length in a desperate attempt to stop the ball

Lee: "You'd have to say poor captaincy from Rohit, all though Anderson was going at 10 an over, he was swinging it both ways, created chances, genuinely looked like he was troubling the batsmen and picked up a wicket. After Ojha was dispatched in his opening over he should have gone back to Anderson, even the 17th over Anderson would have been a better choice."

17.1
1
Malinga to Yadav, 1 run

slower ball in the blockhole on middle stump, whipped in the air, bounces down towards long-on

end of over 1720 runs
KKR: 151/3CRR: 8.88 RRR: 6.00
Yusuf Pathan8 (7)
Suryakumar Yadav33 (16)
Jasprit Bumrah 3-0-38-1
Lasith Malinga 3-0-13-0
16.6
6
Bumrah to Pathan, SIX runs

short ball outside off, Yusuf uses Bumrah's inward angle and pulls it effortlessly over the midwicket boundary

16.5
1
Bumrah to Yadav, 1 run

back of a length outside off, steered down to third man

16.4
6
Bumrah to Yadav, SIX runs

full-toss on middle and leg, and Suryakumar whips those wrists again, launches it over wide long-on

16.3
Bumrah to Yadav, no run

bouncer, and it hits Suryakumar flush on the side of the helmet as he swivels round to try and hook

16.2
6
Bumrah to Yadav, SIX runs

width again, but this time the length allows him to get elevation and easily clear the extra cover boundary

16.1
Bumrah to Yadav, no run

full and wide. Suryakumar plays and misses, going for an extravagant drive

16.1
1w
Bumrah to Yadav, 1 wide

looks for the wide yorker, ends up going past the tramline outside off

It's time for a time-out.

end of over 162 runs
KKR: 131/3CRR: 8.18 RRR: 9.50
Suryakumar Yadav20 (11)
Yusuf Pathan2 (6)
Lasith Malinga 3-0-13-0
Jasprit Bumrah 2-0-18-1
15.6
1
Malinga to Yadav, 1 run

in the blockhole on leg stump, clipped to long-on

15.5
Malinga to Yadav, no run

bouncer, angling down leg. Goes for the hook, doesn't connect. Not given wide, even though there was an argument for it both in terms of line and height

Bharath Seervi: "Gambhir has the record of scoring most number of 50s and runs without a century in T20 cricket. He has 4503 runs with 37 50s in T20 cricket that include 2863 runs with 24 50s in IPL."

15.4
1
Malinga to Pathan, 1 run

back of a length outside off, steered away towards third man

15.3
Malinga to Pathan, no run

full and wide, slapped firmly to the diving Finch at point

Best performances - batters
Rohit Sharma portrait
RG Sharma MI
98 runs (65)
12 fours
4 sixes
Control80%
Productive shot
cover drive
21 runs
5 fours
0 six
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Gautam Gambhir portrait
G Gambhir KKR
57 runs (43)
7 fours
1 six
Control68%
Productive shot
cut shot
13 runs
2 fours
0 six
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Best performances - bowlers
Morne Morkel portrait
M Morkel KKR
O
4
M
1
R
18
W
2
ECO
4.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Harbhajan Singh portrait
Harbhajan Singh MI
O
4
M
0
R
38
W
1
ECO
9.5
  • FT
  • Y
  • F
  • G
  • SG
  • S
OFFLEG
RHB
1W
LEGOFF
LHB
Match details
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
TossKolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first
SeriesPepsi Indian Premier League
Season2015
Player Of The Match
Morne Morkel
Morne Morkel
Hours of play (local time)20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50-23.20
Match days8 April 2015 - night (20-over match)
Umpires
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Chettithody Shamshuddin
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Sundaram Ravi
TV Umpire
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Pashchim Pathak
Reserve Umpire
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Virender Sharma
Match Referee
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Javagal Srinath
PointsKolkata Knight Riders 2, Mumbai Indians 0
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