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Mumbai Indians got back to their winning ways, albeit, in the last over, for a five-wicket verdict over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Wednesday night.
After KKR posted a competitive 159, MI batsmen, led by Dwayne Smith, chased it down with just a ball to spare.
Chasing a competitive 160, MI started quietly before Smith depositedIqbal Abdullafor consecutive sixes in the fourth over. Sunil Narine drew first blood as he pegged back ‘birthday boy’ Sachin Tendulkar's (2) middle stump. MI made 42 runs from the power play.
Smith continued to attack Abdulla blasting another six. Sachithra Senanayake was taken to the cleaners by Smith as he smashed a boundary and a six in the 8th over to bring up his fifty. Senanayake then trapped Dinesh Karthik (7) leg before.
Narine struck again getting rid of Smith (62) who was looking dangerous. Rohit Sharma effortlessly hit Senanayake for two sixes in the 13th over. Narine got the important wicket of Sharma (34) to break the 50-run partnership withKieron Pollard. Pollard carried on with a massive six off Senanayake to reduce the equation to 18 off 12. With MI needing 10 runs to win off the last over, Rajat Bhatia dismissed Pollard (33) first ball beforeHarbhajan Singh hit a six and Ambati Rayudu hit a boundary to see MI home.
Earlier the start of the match was delayed by thirty minutes due to a wet outfield. KKR elected to bat, winning the toss. Yusuf Pathan started in grand style with three boundaries and a six off Harbhajan in the first over as KKR scored 26 runs from it. Mitchell Johnson then had Pathan (19) caught at slip the next over. Jacques Kallis continued the assault with two boundaries off Lasith Malinga. KKR raced to 61 for 1 from their power-play overs. Pragyan Ojha then had Gambhir (26) miscue a shot to give MI their second wicket.
Kallis was given a life on 22 when Johnson dropped him off Ojha. But Ojha finally got his man as Kallis (37) was caught by Sharma. After being bogged down by the MI bowlers, Manoj Tiwary broke the shackles with a boundary off Yuzvendra Chahal, before launching him for a six. Eoin Morgan (31) swatted Johnson for a six, before perishing a couple deliveries later. Malinga castled (33) Tiwary and Debabrata Das (6) in the final over as KKR finished at 159 for 6 from 20 overs.
Man-of-the-Match: Dwayne Smith
Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 159 for 6 (Jacques Kallis 37, Pragjan Ohja 2-21) lost to Mumbai Indians 162 for 5 in 19.5 overs (Dwayne Smith 62, Sunil Narine 3-17) by 5 wickets.
Kings XI Punjab stretched their winning streak to two games with a five-wicket win over the Delhi Daredevils at the Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in Delhi. The KXIP bowlers put on a disciplined show restricting DD to just 120 runs before their batsmen chased it down with three overs to spare.
Chasing a meager 121, KXIP lost their captain Adam Gilchrist (6) early as he mis-hit Irfan Pathanto be caught by Johan Botha.Mandeep Singh strokedAshish Nehra for three successive boundaries in the second over. KXIP plundered 19 runs off Pathan's second over as Mandeep and Luke Pomersbach hit a couple boundaries each. Pomersbach (18) reverse swept Roelof van der Merwefor a boundary before being bowled by the South African. Mandeep (24) was then given run out by the third umpire as David Warner effected a direct hit at the non-striker’s end.
Manan Vohra (8) was then caught and bowled as he top edged a sweep off Botha to leave KXIP four down. At the halfway stage, KXIP were 77 for 4, still requiring 44 from 60. David Miller and David Hussey played sensibly by picking up the singles and hitting the occasional boundary to put on 40 runs. Hussey (20) slammed a six straight back over Nehra in the 16th over before falling the next delivery. Miller (34*) saw KXIP home with 18 balls remaining and he had the company of Piyush Chawla (5).
Earlier KXIP won the toss and put DD in. Praveen Kumar drew first blood having Mahela Jayawardene (4) edge to David Hussey at slip. Parvinder Awana then had Roelof van der Merwe (8) caught by Mandeep Singh to leave DD two down in the fourth over. Virender Sehwag went after Harmeet Singh hitting him for a boundary and following it with a six in the fifth over. DD made 40 runs from their power play overs. Harmeet Singh then had the dangerous Sehwag (23) caught at cover to give KXIP their third wicket.
At the halfway stage, DD were 54 for 3. Piyush Chawla's 11th over was taken apart for 16 runs. Manpreet Juneja (14) fell to Harmeet, caught at fine leg by Awana. Wickets continued to fall as Harmeet then dismissed Kedar Jadhav (0) to pick up his third wicket. Botha (1) holed out in the deep off Bhargav Bhatt to leave DD tottering at 89 for 6 from 14.4 overs. Warner (41) just as he was getting a move on was bowled by Kumar. DD finally finished at 120 for 7. Man-of-the-Match: Harmeet Singh
Brief Scores: Delhi Daredevils 120 for 7 (David Warner 41, Harmeet Singh 3-24) lost to Kings XI Punjab 121 for 5 in 17 overs (David Miller 34*, Roelof van der Merwe 1-17) by 5 wickets.