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Kolkata Night Riders Begin IPL 7 Journey with a Victory; Defeat Mumbai Indians by 41 Runs

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Kolkata Night Riders Begin IPL 7 Journey with a Victory; Defeat Mumbai Indians by 41 Runs

April 17
11:35 2014

kkrAbu Dhabi, Thursday, April 17 – The biggest cricket carnival started on Wednesday amid enthusiastic audience and passionate cricketers. The Indian Premier League needs no introduction as the 20-20 over game has given a new definition to the sport of bat and ball.

In the inaugural match, Kolkata Night Riders sent defending champions Mumbai Indians on the back foot and defeated Rohit Sharma’s squad by 41 runs. KKR chose to bat first against MI after being lucky with the coin. Kolkata Night Riders though had a wobbly start as skipper Gautam Gambhir lost his wicket to Lasith Malinga in an attempt to start the match with four or six. The opener though faced 8 balls, but wasn’t able to take even a single as MI’s bowling attack was at its level best.

Gambhir’s wicket was a shock for his team. The opponents also felt they are going to win the match again, however, were proved wrong as soon as Jacques Kallis (72 runs of 46 balls) started smashing mind-boggling shots in different corners of the ground. Being accompanied by Manish Pandey, who scored 64 runs of 53 balls, the 38 year old South African player seemed determined to take his teams total to a respected score. Five boundaries and three sixes were the key attraction of his splendid innings. The duo gave a stabilized partnership what KKR were looking forward before succumbing to Malinga.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Robin Uthappa (1 run of 2 balls) failed to create any magic with his batting style for what he is known across the world. Zaheer Khan trapped him soon, making KKR to mull over what should be done to cross at least the mark of 150 runs. Shakib Al Hasan turned out to be another prey of 30 year old Malinga. Destructive batsman Yusuf Pathan, who just scored 4 runs of 4 balls, played a not out inning with Suryakumar Yadav (13 runs of 5 balls), who was superb with bat and hit three classy boundaries. As soon as 20 overs were bowled, Kolkata Night Riders were able to set the target of 163 runs after the loss of 5 wickets.

Chasing was not at all easy for MI as pitch supported bowlers on more than a few occasions. Sunil Narine endeavors also guided KKR to log 41-run win over Mumbai Indians, who gave a memorable farewell to Sachin Tendulkar last year in his final Twenty20 match. Narine made Michael Hussey to walk back to the pavilion early. Hussey, who scored 3 runs of 13 balls, fell short of runs in Mumbai debut. Aditya Tare showed some skills playing a knock of 24 runs (4 x 2 and 6 x 1). Ambati Rayudu was impressive as the youngster struck 48 runs facing 40 balls. Though there was no six in his knock, yet four boundaries from him ensured he will be the player of big matches in next to no time.

Tare and Rayudu fell to Shakib Al Hasan and Narine, respectively. MI captain Rohit Sharma touched the mark of 27 runs, which included a six as well, but did not succeed to lend a helping hand to his ‘playing 11’ that were on the verge of first defeat in IPL 7 opener. Morne Morkel got him at the time when his presence was direly needed on the pitch. Kieron Pollard although stayed not out till the end, yet he only hit 6 runs facing 8 balls. Dismissals of Corey Anderson (2 runs) and Harbhajan Singh (0 run) assured Mumbai Indians would not go further in the match. The last man out was Chidhambaram Gautam (7 runs of 7 balls) post being surprised on an amazing spell by Piyush Chawla in the final over. Beginning the tournament with a win filled new energy in KKR boys who seemed extremely happing after thrashing 2013 IPL winner Mumbai Indians.

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