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LIVE IPL! Kolkata thrash champions Mumbai by 41 runs in opener

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April 16, 2014


23:33   KKR WIN BY 41 RUNS!!!

- Mumbai 122-7 (20 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard


A clinical performance from Kolkata Knight Riders to start off the tournament with a huge victory.

The experience of Kallis came through with the bat as he stood tall with a cracking knock of 72 from 46 balls, while Manish Pandey shone on his debut for KKR with a good knock of 64 from 53 balls.

Despite Malinga taking four for 23 Kolkata managed to finish on a healthy 163 for five in 20 overs.

Mumbai Indians never got off the block with Morne Morkel bowling a superb spell with the new ball, giving away just two runs in two overs with the new ball.

But Mumbai were outdone completely by Narine's guile as he claimed four for 20 to bowl out Mumbai for 122 for seven. It was a disappointing performance by the defending champions with Rayudu top scoring with 48 but the others struggled after a slow start had built on the pressure on the middle order.
23:26  Kolkata thrash champions Mumbai by 41 runs in opener:  KKR WIN BY 41 RUNS!!!

- Mumbai 122-7 (20 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard


Chawla to bowl the final over with 47 needed for victory. Pollard drives the first ball to long-off for a single before Gautam comes down the track and takes two runs over the cover region for a couple. He looks to slog the next ball but misses.

Chawla ends the match with a wicket as Gautam is stumped off the final delivery of the innings.

Kolkata complete a convincing 41-run victory over champions Mumbai Indians to get off to a winning start in IPL 7.


23:21   - Mumbai 117-6 (19 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Mumbai are nearly out of the contest with 51 runs needed from two overs for victory.

Anderson tries the slog sweep but misses it completely and is bowled for two as Mumbai lose their sixth wicket.

Two balls later, Harbhajan is bowled as he tries for the wild swing on the leg side but fails to connect. That brings up the 50th wicket for Narine in the IPL from 32 matches and he becomes the quickest bowler to reach the landmark.

Debutant CM Gautam gets his first runs in IPL as he sweeps Narine over square leg for a boundary. He looks to switch hit the next ball but misses it completely.

Another match-winning spell from Narine as he finishes with four for 20 in four overs.
23:16  - Mumbai 113-5 (18 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Chawla comes back into the attack with KKR using their spinners against the two big hitters on a pitch offering some assistance to the slow bowlers.

Anderson has no clue as he fails to read the doosra which turns the other way. He can manage only a single from four deliveries to hand the strike back to Pollard.

Pollard drives it to deep midwicket for two runs followed by a wide down the leg side. He inside edges the last ball as just four runs come from that over.


23:13   - Mumbai 109-4 (17 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Mumbai need 58 runs from four overs for victory. Rayudu tries to attack Narine as he comes down the track but is beaten and wicketkeeper Uthappa completes the stumping off the second attempt.

Rayudu walks back after an unconvincing innings of 48 from 40 balls as he struggled to get the boundaries away with the run rate going up in the middle overs.

Big hitting Corey Anderson walks out to the middle. He defends the first ball but is stuck on the pads off the next but the umpire is not interested in the LBW appeal.

Anderson looks to slog the next ball but gets an outside edge as Uthappa drops the catch to the disappointment of Narine.

Pollard takes two runs to midwicket before he blocks the last ball.
23:07   - Mumbai 106-3 (16 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Morkel to bowl his fourth and final over. Mumbai have a mountain to climb with 69 needed from five overs for victory.

Rohit played a powerful pull shot off the first delivery for a six over midwicket but the pacer got revenge from the next. Rohit tried to hit another down the ground but failed to get distance and was caught brilliantly by Kallis at deep midwicket.

Rohit walks back for 27 from 20 balls to leave Mumbai in trouble at 101 for three.

Morkel bowls a quick short ball to Rayudu, who gets it off his hips fine on the leg side for four and then takes one.

Mumbai's hopes rest big time on new batsman Kieron Pollard, who has the ability to win matches from such situations.

Morkel is generating some good pace here. A superb short delivery to Pollard, who looks to leave but is struck on the arms and it smashes his watches into pieces. He repeats it again and Pollard is again struck on the body.

Morkel finishes with wonderful figures of one for 16 in four overs.
22:59  - Mumbai 95-2 (15 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Narine comes back and he continues to dry up the boundaries. Rayudu is struggling to get the big hits away as he looked for a wild swing but it hit his pads.

He mistimes the next ball to long-off for two runs but gets a lifeline from the last ball. Rayudu (43) gave Narine the charge but was beaten all ends up and even wicketkeeper Uthappa failed to collect it for four leg byes.
22:56   - Mumbai 86-2 (14 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Morkel, who bowled his first two overs for two runs, come back into the attack. He continues his good work with the ball, giving away just three singles to ramp up the pressure on Mumbai.

Morkel has gone for just five runs in three overs. Mumbai now need 78 runs from six overs for victory at an asking rate of 13.
22:54  - Mumbai 83-2 (13 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Rayudu comes down the track to Shakib and lofts him over the covers for a boundary. Mumbai need many more big hits to keep themselves in the hunt.

Rohit drives Shakib through the covers but the substitute fielder makes a good stop on the boundary to keep it down to two. Rayudu then hits the fifth ball over point for a couple and gets the last ball to the same region for the same result to get 12 runs from the over.
22:45  - Mumbai 71-2 (12 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Leg-spinner Piyush Chawla comes into the attack. Rohit defends the first ball before he takes one from the next to long-off. Rayudu slogs the third ball for a single to deep midwicket and Rohit takes one to sweeper cover.

Rayudu then chips down the track and hits it in the gap in the deep on the leg side for two runs followed by a single from the last ball.
22:43  - Mumbai 65-2 (11 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Rohit keeps the scoreboard moving as he picks another couple on the leg side before he takes one.

Rayudu then comes inside and sweeps Kallis for a boundary over the short fine leg for a boundary. He then cuts the next ball past point for two runs before he hits the last ball down the ground for the same result to get 11 runs from the over.


22:39  - Mumbai 54-2 (10 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Rohit flicks Shakib on the leg side for a couple and does the same off the next delivery for the same result.

Two balls later, Rohit again places the ball to perfection in the gap through midwicket for another two runs. He takes a single from the last ball to get seven from that over.

At the halfway stage, Mumbai are 54 for two, needing 110 from 10 overs for victory.
22:37  - Mumbai 47-2 (9 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Captain Rohit Sharma is the new batsman and he has his task cut out with the run rate climbing up steadily with every passing over.

Kallis adds to the pressure as he bowls another tight over, giving away just six runs.

Mumbai need a few big overs soon or else the task will get more difficult. They need 117 runs from 11 overs at more 10 runs per over.
22:27  - Mumbai 41-2 (8 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Shakib will continue. The runs have dried up completely as just two singles come from the first four deliveries. The pressure pays off as Tare goes for the big shot but gets a leading edge and is caught by the bowler himself.

Tare walks back for 24 from 22 balls as Mumbai are reduced to 41 for two in eight overs.
22:23  - Mumbai 38-1 (7 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Jacques Kallis comes into the attack. Two singles from the first two deliveries before Rayudu turns the fourth ball on the leg side for a couple.

He chips the next ball back over the bowler but the fielder at long-on runs around to keep it down to two runs.

Six runs from Kallis's first over as KKR continue to build the pressure.
22:22  - Mumbai 32-1 (6 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Spinners from both ends as left-armer Shakib Al Hasan comes into the attack. Rayudu takes a single from the first ball before Tare nearly drags it back on to his stumps trying to force it through the off-side.

He sweeps the fourth ball for a single to deep midwicket.

Rayudu is down with some injury and is being attended by the physio. But he seems to recovered real quick as he jumps down the track to the next ball and lofts it over mid-on for a four. He keeps the strike with a single from the last ball.

Mumbai have reached 32 for one in six overs, needing 132 from 14 overs for victory at 9.42 per over.
22:13  Hussey out for 3, Mumbai lose early wicket:   - Mumbai 25-1 (5 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Mystery spinner Sunil Narine comes into the attack. Tare looking to target him right away as he slog sweeps the second ball for a six before he takes one.

Hussey then misses a straight delivery which skids through and is bowled after a struggling innings of three from 13 balls.

New batsman Ambati Rayudu takes a single from the last ball as MI reach 25 for one in five overs.
22:08  - Mumbai 17-0 (4 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Morkel relishing the conditions as he bowls another excellent over. Tare is beaten off the first ball as it moves away late and is beaten off the next courtesy of some extra bounce before he takes one from the third ball.

Hussey is also beaten off the fifth ball as Morkel gives just a single in that over. He has conceded just two runs in two overs.
22:07  - Mumbai 16-0 (3 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Tare throws his bat at one outside the off-stump from Vinay but misses it completely as Mumbai's desperation continues to grow.

However, two balls later he breaks the shackles pulling a short ball off the front foot over midwicket for a boundary. Tare gets the next ball over the covers for two runs before he retains strike with a single from the last ball.
21:58  - Mumbai 9-0 (2 ovs) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

South African speedster Morne Morkel to bowl the second over. Tare steers the first ball to thirdman for a single before Hussey is unable to get a run from the rest of the over.

Left-hander Hussey is beaten off the third ball and again plays and misses two balls later. He lets the last ball go through as just a single comes from that over. A perfect start from Morkel.
21:54  - Mumbai 8-0 (1 ov) vs KKR 163-5 | Scorecard

Veteran Michael Hussey to open the batting on his debut for Mumbai and he has Aditya Tare for company. R Vinay Kumar will bowl the first over in his first game for KKR.

Hussey turns the first ball on the leg side for a couple to get off the mark and takes a single from the fourth ball.

Tare gets off the mark in some style as he pulls a short ball behind square on the leg side for a four before he gets a leg bye from the last ball.
21:35  Kallis, Pandey hit 50s to lift KKR to 163:  - KKR 163-5 (20 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Anderson to bowl the final over of the innings and KKR would be looking to Yusuf to hit a few big ones.

The first ball is full as Surya Kumar Yadav hits it on the off-side before Pathan does the same next ball.

Yadav then walks across the stumps and pulls a short ball over the short fine leg for a four.

He then plays an incredible switch hit, getting it fine for another boundary past the keeper. Yadav tries the shot off the next ball but this time it goes to the keeper but the appeal for caught behind is turned down.

He slams the last ball over the cover region for a boundary to get 14 runs from the over and take Kolkata to a healthy 163 for five in their 20 overs.
21:31  - KKR 149-5 (19 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Malinga cripples KKR further with the key wicket of Kallis, who is brilliantly caught by Anderson running in from long-on to take a low catch diving forward.

Kallis walks back after a splendid knock of 72, having hit five fours and three sixes in his 46-ball knock.

New batsman Yusuf Pathan gets a single from the next ball but Malinga strikes a few balls later with the wicket of Shakib Al Hasan. The left-hander is caught on the off-side for one as KKR lose three wickets in the space of seven deliveries.

Malinga finishes off with excellent figures of four for 23 in four overs.
21:22  - KKR 144-3 (18 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

The experienced Zaheer comes in to bowl his final over. Two singles from the first two deliveries before Kallis whips it over midwicket for his third six as KKR continue to score freely.

Uthappa looks to force the pace but is beaten by the slower ball as he skies it on the off-side and is caught for one.
21:20  - KKR 135-2 (17 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Malinga is back for another spell. He misses the first ball as he tries a wild swing but connects with the next, smashing it over midwicket for a six.

Two balls later, he tries to flick it fine but still gets four leg byes on the leg side. The next ball is a quick yorker as Pandey gets his toes out of the way in the nick of time.

Finally he gets the yorker bang on as Pandey's stumps are sent crashing after a fine innings of 63 from 53 balls, having hit six fours and two sixes.
21:11  - KKR 125-1 (16 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Pandey joins in the party as he smacks Pollard over midwicket for a boundary before Kallis plays the paddle sweep for the same result as the boundaries continue to flow.

Kallis looks to slog it over the leg side but gets a thick outside edge which beats the keeper for a couple.

The last ball is in the slot and Kallis this time gets it off the middle over midwicket for a boundary to get 15 runs from the over.

KKR are 125 for one in 16 overs, having hit 35 runs from the last two overs.
21:06  - KKR 110-1 (15 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Ojha comes on to bowl his fourth and final over. Pandey comes down but mishits another shot which goes over the bowler for a single.

Kallis then hammers the third delivery through the covers for a boundary. That veteran then jumps down the track and lofts it straight down the ground for a six.

He slog sweeps the last ball which carries all the way for another six to complete his fifty in grand style, from 37 balls.

20 runs from the over lift KKR to 110 for one in 15 overs.
21:02  - KKR 90-1 (14 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Pandey takes a single from the second ball from new bowler Kieron Pollard to complete his half-century, from 42 balls. A good start to his KKR career as he hits a fifty on debut for the 2012 winners.

Dropped! Malinga puts down a sitter at short fine leg. Kallis (34) made room but Pollard fired it on his pads and he hit it straight to Malinga, who failed to take it cleanly.

Pandey looks for a big shot but mistimes it over the off-side for a couple.

An excellent start by Pollard, giving away just four runs despite KKR batsmen looking to break free.
20:57  - KKR 86-1 (13 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Malinga is back as Mumbai look to break this partnership. He starts with a low full toss to Kallis, who defends it back to the bowler. Two balls later he tries the short ball but Kallis pulls it behind square on the leg side for a boundary.

Four singles from the last four balls as KKR continue their good progress in the recent overs to reach 86 for one in 13 overs.
20:53  - KKR 78-1 (12 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Harbhajan from around the wicket now. Kallis can't the first ball away before he takes a single on the leg side from the next.

Pandey then flicks it fine for a couple followed by a single. Kallis also takes a single before his partner chips it down the ground and gets a boundary, beating long-on who is stationed a bit wide.

KKR have recovered to 78 for one in 12 overs.
20:49  - KKR 69-1 (11 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Change of ends for Ojha, who takes over from Harbhajan. He continues to bowl tight as two singles come from the first three balls before Pandey comes down the track and plays the inside out chip shot for a boundary over the cover region.

However, Pandey can only defend the remaining three deliveries for another tidy over.
20:47  - KKR 63-1 (10 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Anderson comes back as Ojha is given a break after a good first spell of two overs for 10 runs.

Two singles from the first two balls before Pandey heaves the next ball over mid-on for a boundary to take his score to 33.

Anderson goes for nine runs in that over as KKR reach 63 for one in 10 overs with Pandey on 35 from 31 balls and Kallis on 25 from 21 balls.
20:43  - KKR 54-1 (9 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Kallis looks to break the shackles as he tries the reverse sweep against Harbhajan but fails to get it off the middle and they get two runs.

Kallis tries the same shot two balls later and again gets a couple on the off-side. He then plays a powerful sweep off the next ball for a boundary followed by two singles as KKR reach 54 for one in nine overs.
20:41  - KKR 44-1 (8 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Kallis guides Ojha behind point for a couple before he takes a single from the next ball.

Pandey then gives Ojha the charge but the bowlers checks his length and he gets just a single on the off-side.

Kallis flicks it to midwicket for another couple before he retains strike with a single from the last ball.
20:39  - KKR 37-1 (7 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack now. A single from the second ball for Pandey before Kallis does the same two balls later.

The last ball is short as Pandey rocks back and pulls it through midwicket for a much-needed boundary for KKR.
20:30  - KKR 31-1 (6 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Mumbai Indians introduce spin in the form of Pragyan Ojha who comes into the attack ahead of Harbhajan Singh.

There is a lone slip in place. Pandey picks a single from the first ball before Kallis does the same off the next, to long-off.

Pandey comes down the track to Ojha but fails to connect and it hits his pads before he takes a quick single to Zaheer on the off-side.

A good start from Ojha, giving away just three runs in his first over.
20:27  - KKR 28-1 (5 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Zaheer continues, as he comes on to bowl his third over as Kallis takes a single from the first ball.

Pandey continues to chip down the track and guides the pacer wide of thirdman for two runs.

A wide down the leg side before Pandey takes a single to midwicket to hand the strike back to Kallis, who has faced just four balls so far.

He continues to deal in singles taking one to thirdman before Zak bowls another wide to Pandey.

At the end of five overs, KKR have reached 28 for one.
20:21  - KKR 20-1 (4 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Malinga is taken off after bowling just one over in which he took the wicket of Gambhir. He makes way for Kiwi all-rounder Corey Anderson, who will bowl left arm pace.

He starts well by keeping it short of length and on the stumps to Pandey, who can only defend it. The right-hander is beaten all ends up as he shuffled across but missed and the LBW decision was turned down.

Pandey then comes down and swings his bat at the short ball and it goes for a boundary through midwicket, the first of the innings for KKR.

He then lofts the next ball, which is full, straight over the bowler's head and it carries all the way for the first SIX of IPL 2014.

10 runs from the over as KKR reach 20 for one in four overs.
20:17  - KKR 10-1 (3 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Pandey tries to flick Zaheer but is beaten before he takes a single from the third ball. Kallis then edges for a single to the thirdman region before Pandey throws his bat at a wide delivery and gets two runs.

He retains strike with a single from the last ball.

It is a slow start from KKR, who have made just 10 from the first three overs, without a single boundary so far.
20:13  Malinga strikes, Gambhir out for a duck:   - KKR 5-1 (2 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Lasith Malinga to bowl the second over. Jacques Kallis off the mark with two runs as he steers it past point to the thirdman region before he takes one on the off-side.

Gambhir fails to make most of the full toss as he drives it straight to the fielder at mid-on. However, he is bowled off the next as a quick yorker beats his defences and crashes into his stumps.

Manish Pandey gets off the mark with a single to mid-off.

KKR are struggling at five for one in two overs.
20:08  - KKR 1-0 (1 over) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

This is the 400th match in the history of the IPL.

Gautam Gambhir walks out to bat with veteran Jacques Kallis, while another experienced player has the ball in his hands -- Zaheer Khan.

Gambhir is beaten off the second ball as it moves away slightly. He is struck on the pads off the last ball as he misses the flick, which is full but the appeal is turned down. Just a wide from the first over for KKR.
19:54  Mumbai have picked Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Michael Hussey as their four overseas players. For Kolkata, their four overseas players for this match are Morne Morkel, Sunil Narine, Jacques Kallis and Shakib Al Hasan.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Michael Hussey, Aditya Tare, Ambati Rayudu, CM Gautam, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Zaheer Khan, Pragyan Ojha.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Jacques Kallis, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Shakib Al Hasan, Yusuf Pathan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Vinay Kumar, Sunil Narine, Morne Morkel.
19:47  Mumbai have the upperhand against KKR as far as the head-to-head record is concerned, having won 10 out of the 12 matches played between the two teams.

The IPL Gala Dinner took place in Abu Dhabi on Tuesday and was attended by all the teams, IPL officials and many others. Check out the pictures from the IPL Gala Dinner.

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19:35  Kolkata win toss, elect to bat vs Mumbai in opener:  Kolkata Knight Riders captain Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and elected to against Mumbai Indians in the first match, of IPL 7, in Abu Dhabi, on Wednesday.

19:20  Champions Mumbai Indians take on KKR in opener:   Welcome to the coverage of the seventh edition of the Pepsi Indian Premier League.

The tournament will kick-off with a high voltage clash between defending champions Mumbai Indians and 2012 winners Kolkata Knight Riders.

The first leg of the Twenty20 league will be played in UAE after the tournament was shifted outside the country because of general elections. The second leg will be played in India and the tournament will return to the country on May 2.

Mumbai will led by the young Rohit Sharma, who led them to the grand double last year as they also won the Champions League T20. On the other hand, India discard Gautam Gambhir would be looking to make a statement in the IPL both for himself and also for the team, which fared poorly last year.