Kolkata Knight Riders 140-7 (Manoj Tiwary 41, Gautam Gambhir 27, RP Singh 2-33) beat Mumbai Indians 108 all out (Sachin Tendulkar 27, Dinesh Karthik 21, Sunil Narine 4-15) by 32 runs.
Sunil Narine warned the rest of the batsmen in the IPL 2012 by his deadly bowling vs. Mumbai Indians while tearing apart their formidable batting line up.
Kolkata Knight Riders scored 140 runs for the loss of seven wickets in the allotted 20 overs and Mumbai Indians were bowled out for 108 with five balls to spare.
Sunil Narine (Kolkata Knight Riders) was declared ‘Player of the match’ for his lethal bowling spell, by grabbing four wickets for just 15 runs in 3.1 overs.
The 65th match of the Indian Premier League 2012 was played on Wednesday, May 16, 2012 at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
Earlier, Harbhajan Singh, the captain of Mumbai Indians won the toss and preferred to give a chance to his bowlers at their home wicket. The decision paid off as Kolkata Knight Riders lost two quick wickets of their superior batsmen, Brendon McCullum and Jacques Kallis. RP Singh struck twice on the consecutive balls of the second over of the innings and the visitors were in trouble at 6-2 in 1.3 overs.
Manoj Tiwary joined in with the skipper Gautam Gambhir and tried to stabilise the innings as the first got a life on the fourth ball of the fourth over when dropped by Sachin Tendulkar at third man boundary off RP Singh. The runs were hard to find and they collected 44 runs in the first eight overs. Gambhir was clean bowled by Kieron Pollard in the next over for 27 off 23 balls with one six and three fours as Shakib Al Hasan provided some resistance by securing one end. Tiwary opted for the attack, got two back to back fours in the 11th over and cleared the boundary for a six in the next over. The duo contributed 45 runs for the fourth wicket as Shakib was bowled by Dwayne Smith for 13.
The fourth wicket fell at 89 and two runs later Manoj Tiwary went back to the pavilion for 41 off 43 deliveries with two sixes and even fours. Yusuf Pathan held one end while accumulating useful runs as the wickets kept on sliding from the other side. He remained unbeaten for 21 as Kolkata Knight Riders scored 140 runs with three wickets in hand at the end of the 20th over.
RP Singh was the main striker with two wickets whereas Munaf Patel, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard and Dwayne Smith claimed one wicket each.
Mumbai Indians lost their first wicket at 26 as Dinesh Karthik associated in the centre with the little master, Sachin Tendulkar. Karthik opened his arms with a couple of fours in the seventh over as Tendulkar dispatched 12 runs in the 9th over with one six and a four. They kept the score board moving and gathered 34 runs for the second wicket when Sunil Narine uprooted the stumps of Tendulkar for 27 off 24 balls with one six and three fours.
Karthhik departed six runs later for 21 off 26 deliveries with 3 fours as Rohit Sharma in association with Ambati Rayudu tried to consolidate the innings and managed to add 17 runs together. Rayudu was stumped by the wicketkeeper, Brendon McCullum for 12 and Mumbai Indians were reeling at 83-4 in 15.3 overs.
The bowlers of Kolkata Knight Riders took over and the batsmen of the home side especially found it hard to tackle with the spin of Sunil Narine. Rohit Sharma scored 12 runs off 14 balls as the six incoming batsmen of Mumbai Indians were unable to touch the double figures. Their innings was folded back for 108 mere runs in 19.1 overs and they surrendered the match by 32 runs.
Sunil Narine was the star performer with four wickets, Lakshmipathy Balaji, and Jacques Kallis held two wickets each as Shakib Al Hasan and Iqbal Aabdulla chipped in with one wicket each.
Points secured by both teams at the end of the 65th match of the IPL 2012:
Kolkata Knight Riders – 19 from 15 games at a net run rate of +0.478.
Mumbai Indians – 18 from 15 games at a net run rate of -0.160.