Kolkata Knight Riders began their Indian Premier League VII campaign with a thumping win over defending champions Mumbai Indians. The men in purple, with their owner Shah Rukh Khan present for the occasion, registered only their 3rd ever victory against Mumbai with a 41 run victory in the season opener in Abu Dhabi.
Set a target of 164, Mumbai Indians could manage only 122/7 in their 20 overs, as Gautam Gambhir‘s bowlers kept things tight and choked the Mumbai batsmen. Let’s take a look at the HITS and FLOPS from the high-stakes encounter. Unfortunately, Lasith Malinga‘s 4-wicket haul couldn’t help the fast bowler make his way into the HITS column, as a number of top performers from KKR inevitably get a mention.
Retired South African top-order batsman gave a fitting response to those who questioned his value in the shortest format of the game with a whirlwind 46-ball knock of 72 which included five fours and three sixes.
2. Morne Morkel
10 dot balls in his first two overs set the tone for an impressive defense of the Knight Riders score of 163. The South African pacer finished on figures of 16 for 1 off his 4 overs on his debut for the Kolkata Knight Riders.
3. Sunil Narine
Sunil Narine was once the again the tormenter in chief for the Mumbai Indians as he put the breaks on the Mumbai scoring and proved his worth to KKR with figures of 20/4 in his quota of 4 overs. Narine got vicious turn and purchase from a surface which assisted the spinners throughout.
Mr. Cricket endured a torrid time against Morne Morkel before playing down the wrong line to a beautiful Sunil Narine delivery, which ended his struggle stretching over 13 deliveries and yielding 3 runs.
Corey Anderson was expected to take the IPL by storm, but his fondness for the big sweep through mid-wicket led to his undoing as he laboured to 2 off 8 balls. Anderson had a forgettable IPL debut as he also leaked 33 runs from his 3 overs.
Kieron Pollard came to the crease with a little under five overs to go and failed to keep up with the pressure of the asking rate as he only managed to score 5 off 8 deliveries. Mumbai will be hoping for a much better showing from their star-allrounder in the upcoming games.