Mumbai Indians continued their winning run at home as they routed Kolkata Knight Riders by 65 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday night. Batting first, MI posted a competitive 170 before their bowlers, led by spinners Harbhajan Singh and Pragyan Ojha spun their strands around the KKR batsmen to dismiss them for 105.
Chasing 171, KKR lost Gautam Gambhir (0) early when the southpaw dragged one back onto his stumps. Jacques Kallis hit a boundary and a six off Abu Nechim to get KKR rolling. Manvinder Bisla got a reprieve when Harbhajan Singh put him down on 0. The KKR opener could not make much of that opportunity as he was beaten comprehensively by Pragyan Ojha and was stumped by Dinesh Karthik. Yusuf Pathan walked in to bat at No.5 and got into the act immediately launching Ojha into the crowd. Ojha however dismissed Pathan (13) the next over striking timber. Harbhajan then had Kallis (24) caught in the deep. At the halfway stage, KKR were 62 for four, needing a further 109.
Debabrata Das hit a six off Harbhajan, but wickets continued to fall at the other end as Eoin Morgan (5) was caught off Nechim. Das (23) continued his assault on Harbhajan with a six and a boundary before the spinner foxed him in the air and pouched him caught and bowled. Ryan McLaren (1) was then run out leaving KKR in dire straits. Harbhajan dismissed Rajat Bhatia (4) to claim his third wicket. Johnson sent back Narine (3) before Malinga bowled Lakshmipathy Balaji to bundle out the visitors for 105 in 18.2 overs.
Earlier MI won the toss and elected to bat. Balaji started proceedings with a maiden over. Dwayne Smith went after McLaren hitting him for consecutive boundaries in the second over before his opening partner Sachin Tendulkar got stuck into the same bowler in the fourth over and dispatched him for five successive boundaries. MI made 41 from their Power Play with both openers still at the crease. Smith welcomed Iqbal Abdulla with consecutive boundaries.
Bhatia bowled Tendulkar (48) who walked across the off-side trying to paddle to the leg, only to miss the ball and have his stumps rearranged. Abdulla had Smith (47) caught in the deep by McLaren in the next over. Rohit Sharma hit Bhatia for a boundary before following it with a six. Dinesh Karthik then launched Narine for a maximum in the seventeenth. McLaren struck twice in the 18th over; first dismissing Sharma (16) caught brilliantly by Eoin Morgan on the fence and then had Pollard caught by Narine at short fine leg. Ambati Raydu was run out in the same over without facing a ball. Karthik hit Narine for two boundaries before Harbhajan was run out in the 19th over. MI took 24 runs from the final over to reach 170 for six.
Man-of-the-Match: Sachin Tendulkar
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 170 for 6 (Sachin Tendulkar 48, Ryan McLaren 2-60) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders 105 all out in 18.2 overs (Jacques Kallis 24, Harbhajan Singh 3-27) by 65 runs.
171.42: Sachin Tendulkar’s strike-rate (48 off 28 balls) – his second highest in an innings of 25 runs or more. His highest is 196.88 (63 off 32 balls) – vs Delhi Daredevils at Delhi in 2010.
100: Percent- Mumbai Indians’ win record at Wankhede in IPL 2013 – six out of six – all batting first!
88.67: Dwayne Smith’s strike-rate (47 off 53 balls) – lowest for any Mumbai Indians batsman in an innings of 50 balls or more. Sachin Tendulkar had a strike-rate of 92.00 (46* off 50 balls) against Delhi Daredevils at Delhi in 2011.
50: Number of toss won by Mumbai Indians in IPL – first team to do so.
10: Number of matches won by Mumbai Indians against Kolkata Knight Riders. They became first team to win 10 matches against a particular side in IPL.
3: Number of times Mumbai Indians batsmen have scored 20 or more runs in last over (20th) of their innings in IPL2013 - most such instances for any side. They had scored 27 runs against Kings XI Punjab and 20 against Delhi Daredevils also at Wankhede. Royal Challengers Bangalore have done so twice.
Quotes from the presentation
Gambhir: "I don't know whether it's a jinx, but if you don't play proper cricket, this is what is going to happen. Every game is a new game, I see a lot of quality around our dressing room. We have four more games to go. We have a lot of depth in our batting, we'll put our best playing XI on the park."
Rohit: "Been going really well so far. I just don't want to relax. We've got four games to go, not taking it easy. Tendulkar is experienced enough, he got us the start we wanted. 170 on this ground, there wasn't much dew today."
Tendulkar is Man of the Match for his 48: "If you look at the whole season., I've not been able to spend much time in the middle. But whatever I've batted, it's been pretty aggressive. There has been a bit of help for the seamers. I was striking the ball well today, and I thought therefore I should be more aggressive. It's about give and take - giving advice. It shouldn't be one way traffic about just me talking, it's about discussing cricket and sharing our thoughts. The passion for the game is very much there, whatever time I get on the field I try to make the most of it."