IPL 2012: Match 58, Kolkata Knight Riders v Mumbai Indians
Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir tosses the coin as Mumbai Indians captain Harbhajan Singh calls and Match Referee Javagal Srinath looks on during match 58 of the the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2012 between The Kolkata Knight Riders and The Mumbai Indians held at the Eden Gardens Stadium in Kolkata on the 12th May 2012
The Mumbai Indians climbed up to the third spot in the IPL 2012 standings thanks to their 27-run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens. Rohit Sharma’s brilliant century proved to be difference between the two sides as KKR succumbed to a disappointing home loss after a lengthy winning streak.
Requiring 183 to win, KKR needed a quick start. Gautam Gambhir (0) tried to begin in style, but only saw his middle stump being uprooted by a Munaf Patel delivery. Manvinder Bisla (1) was the next to go after top-edging a sweep off a Pragyan Ojha delivery. With two wickets down and just three runs on the board, KKR were in dire straits at the very start of their run-chase.
Manoj Tiwary (27) gave veteran batsman Jacques Kallis decent support in the middle, but his stint was cut short after he was adjudged lbw off a Kieron Pollard in-cutter. It was now up to Kallis and Yusuf Pathan (40*) to see their side home, with the former well-settled at the crease after making a half-century. MI’s bowling, which was led by Lasith Malinga, ensured that KKR never really got the momentum to break the shackles.
With 44 required off the last two overs, MI got their yorkers right and thwarted any chance of a KKR comeback. Kallis (79) perished in the last over as the Knight Riders fell 27 runs short of the MI score.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh had no hesitation in electing to bat first after winning the toss. Herschelle Gibbs, who was playing in his first match this season, opened the MI innings with Sachin Tendulkar. The Eden Gardens wicket suited spin bowling and the Knight Riders duly began with the left-arm spin of Shakib Al Hasan. The Bangladeshi spinner couldn’t get the breakthrough in the first over, but he managed to get the big wicket of Sachin Tendulkar (2) in the third over. The MI opener was stumped thanks to some quick glovework by wicketkeeper Manvinder Bisla.
Rohit Sharma joined Gibbs at the crease with a lot of pressure on his shoulders. However, the attacking duo got to the business of scoring with notable ease and they stroked the ball around to keep the scorecard ticking. Sharma looked comfortable from the start and showcased his array of attacking strokes to put the home side on the back foot. Both batsmen ensured that the pressure was firmly on KKR. Sharma smashed five sixes and twelve fours on his way to a 60-ball 109, while Gibbs played the supporting role. The South African, although subdued, scored 66* (off 58 balls) to put on a magnificent unbeaten 167-run partnership for the second wicket with Sharma. MI ended up with a commanding total of 182 for one in 20 overs.
Man of the Match: Rohit Sharma for giving MI the edge with a sublime 60-ball 109* (12x4; 5x6)
- Habhajan: “It's nice to see the boys coming into form in the right sort of time, Rohit played brilliant up front and Herschelle was also fantastic, both were simply brilliant. Our bowler's were right on target and getting Gambhir out in the first over was huge for us. Kolkata have been fantastic throughout the tournament and beating them on their ground is very special.”
- Gambhir: “It was an outstanding innings and all credit to Rohit, it was a tremendous effort from them and it was just one of those days. If someone plays that kind of a knock you can't do a lot so you just have to move forward. If Kallis and Yusuf keep batting like they did today then we are still a team to lookout for.”