Match 56: In the only dead rubber of the 56-match league, Kolkata Knight Riders beat a second-rung Mumbai Indians side to end the 3rd season on a high note. This win was Kolkata’s first against Mumbai in all three editions of IPL. Although KKR’s performance has improved over the last 2 seasons they still remain the only team to have not made the semi-finals in any of the IPLs.
Kolkata Knight Riders Innings
Having restricted Mumbai Indians to a paltry total of 133, Kolkata began slowly with both Ganguly and McCullum taking their own sweet time as the required run rate was as shade below 7. However they opened up after a few overs and they were just 3 runs short of 100 run partnership before a slower one from Satish ended Ganguly’s stay for 42. David Hussey and Brendon McCullum ensured that there was no drama as they finished the formalities with 2 overs to spare. By virtue of this win Kolkata had 14 points, same as those of RCB and CSK but were unlucky to miss out on the semi final berth because of the negative run rate. PHOTOS
Mumbai Indians Innings
Mathematically Kolkata still stand a chance to reach the semis if they beat Mumbai by a margin of around 175-odd runs but the stand in captain for Mumbai Indians Dwayne Bravo won the toss and decided to bat. Was he thinking that Kolkata could beat them by 176 runs ?? 😀 . Having already made it to the semis MI made 5 changes to their side and it didn’t do them any good as they struggled right from the first over. Both the openers Aditya Tare and Shikhar Dhawan were sent back courtesy some quick bowling by Shane Bond. Despite Paul Duminy and Sourabh Tiwary being there at the wicket Mumbai Indians only managed to hit 69 runs in the first 10 thanks to clever variations of pace from the fast bowlers and the spinners. The pressure to score some quick runs finally got to Duminy when he tried to wildly swing a ball from Unadkat but he missed it completely and the ball hit the timber. Tiwary was out in the very next over trying to hit Murali Karthik out of the park. Bravo became the 2nd victim of Karthik as he was stumped for 5 Mumbai Indians were struggling at 89 for 5 after 15.4 overs but Ambati came in and played his natural game clipping, cutting, chipping and lofting with ease and thanks to him Mumbai Indians reached a moderate total of 133 which was never going to be enough anyway. PHOTOS
Player of the Match: Murali karthik