IPL 2014: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders – As it happened...

By Suyash Srivastava | Last Updated: Wednesday, April 16, 2014 - 18:24

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Abu Dhabi: Kolkata Kight Riders defeated defending champions Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the first match of IPL 7 played at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi.

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Mumbai innings:

Over 20 || Score 122/7

Chawla to bowl the final over. Pollard took a single off the last ball. Gautam scored a couple off the second. A dot ball. Gautam worked the fourth ball towards long-on for a single. Pollard followed it with another single towards short third man. Gautam charged down the wicket off the last ball and was stumped! KKR win by 41 runs!

CM Gautam st Uthappa b Chawla 7 (7b)

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Over 19 || Score 117/6

Narine to bowl his final over. Anderson's forgettable stay at the crease ended when the first ball spun into him and rattled the stumps, Anderson is bowled! Harbhajan Singh is the new man in. And even Bhajji can't read Narine, Harbhajan is bowled! Four runs from the over and two wickets for Narine, he ends another brilliant spell.

Harbhajan Singh b Narine 0 (2b)

CJ Anderson b Narine 2 (8b)

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Over 18 || Score 113/4

Piyush Chawla has been brought into the attack. He began with a dot ball and then beat Anderson with a wrong one. Anderson attempted another big stroke off the third ball, couldn't connect. Anderson took a single off the fourth ball. Pollard has changed his bat. Pollard worked the fifth ball towards midwicket for a couple. A wide ball down the leg side. A dot ball to end the over. Four runs from the over. The Mumbai Indians are under immense pressure now as they need 51 runs to win off the last 12 balls. Close to impossible.

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Over 17 || Score 109/4

Narine to bowl his third over. Rayudu once again charged down the wicket off the first ball, missed the line and Uthappa this time removed the bails, in a second attempt through. Rayudu is stumped! Corey Anderson is the new man in. The fourth ball spun away from Anderson, he nicked it but was dropped by Uthappa! Three runs from the over and a wicket for Narine. 55 needed from last 18 balls.

AT Rayudu st Uthappa b Narine 48 (40b)

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Over 16 || Score 106/3

Morkel to bowl his final over. He began with another back of a length ball and this time Sharma slapped it over deep square leg for a Six! Rohit attempted a similar shot off the next ball, but he mistimed it this time and Kallis took a well judged catch at deep midwicket. Rohit is OUT! Kieron Pollard has been promoted up the order. Morkel's next ball was slightly on the leg side and Rayudu just guided that nicely past fine leg for a boundary! Morkel's fifth ball hit Pollard's watch, which was broken. A terrific spell from Morkel comes to an end. Mumbai now need 58 runs off the last four overs.

RG Sharma c Kallis b Morkel 27 (20b)

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Over 15 || Score 91/2

Narine has been brought into the attack, he has three overs remaining. Rayudu charged down the wicket off the last ball, completely missed the line and Uthappa has missed a stumping chance! Five runs from the over. 69 needed from last five overs.

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Over 14 || Score 86/2

Morkel has been brought back into the attack. Three runs from the over. So Morkel has now conceded just five runs from his first three overs.

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Over 13 || Score 83/2

Shakib to bowl his final over. Rayudu charged down the wicket off the first ball and hit the ball powerfully towards wide of long-off for a boundary! 12 runs from the over, good one for Mumbai.

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Over 12 || Score 71/2

Piyush Chawla has been brought into the attack. Six runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 65/2

Kallis to bowl his third over. Rayudu played a gutsy sweep shot off the third ball, which rushed past square leg for a boundary! 11 runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 54/2

Shakib to continue. Another good over fpr KKR, seven runs from it. Mumbai now need 110 runs from the next 60 balls.

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Over 9 || Score 47/2

Kallis to continue. Another tight over. Six runs from it. The run-rate is soaring for the Mumbai Indians.

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Over 8 || Score 41/2

Shakib to continue. Tare charged down the wicket off the fifth ball, mistimed it high in the air and was caught by Shakib himself. Tare is OUT! Three runs and a wicket for Shakib from the over.

AP Tare c & b Shakib Al Hasan 24 (22b)

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Over 7 || Score 38/2

Jacques Kallis has been brought into the attack. Good start from Kallis, six runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 32/1

Shakib Al Hasan has been brought into the attack. Rayudu charged down the wicket off the fifth ball and hit it straight down the ground for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 25/1

Sunil Narine has been brought into the attack. Second ball was a length delivery and Tare slapped it hard over deep midwicket for a Six! And Narine strikes in his first over, Hussey is bowled! Big blow for the Mumbai Indians after a slow start. Ambati Rayudu is the new man in. Eight runs from the over.

MEK Hussey b Narine 3 (13b)

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Over 4 || Score 17/0

Morkel to continue. Just one run from the over. Morkel has been brilliant so far. Just two runs from as many overs.

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Over 3 || Score 16/0

Kumar to continue. Third ball was a short delivery and Tare pulled it past midwicket for a boundary! Seven runs from the over.

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Over 2 || Score 9/0

Morne Morkel to bowl from the other end. Good start from the South African, two runs from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 7/0

Aditya Tare and Michael Hussey to open for Mumbai, Vinay Kumar has the new ball in his hands. Hussey gott off the mark off the first ball, which he worked towards midwicket for a couple. Vinay followed it with two dot balls. Hussey took a single off the fourth ball. Vinay Kumar's fourth ball was a short one and Tare slapped it past fine leg for a boundary! A dot ball to end the over, seven runs from it.

KKR innings:

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Over 20 || Score 163/5

Anderson to bowl the final over. Suryakumar Yadav is the new man in. Third ball was short and on the leg side and Yadav smashed it for a boundary through square leg. Fourth ball was slightly outside the off-stump and Yadav played a reverse-sweep for another boundary! Last ball was a length delivery and Yadav hit it over extra-cover for a boundary! 14 runs from the over and this is a superb finish for KKR.

Suryakumar Yadav 13* (5b) Yusuf Pathan 4* (4b)

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Over 19 || Score

Malinga to bowl his final over. Yusuf Pathan is the new man in. Second ball was a length delivery and Kallis hit it straight to Anderson at long-off. Kallis is OUT! Shakib al Hasan is the new man in. His stay didn't last for long as he hit the last ball straight to Rohit at short cover, Shakib al Hasan is OUT! Malinga ends another fine spell where he has picked four wickets for just 23 runs!

Shakib Al Hasan c Sharma b Malinga 1 (2b)

JH Kallis c Anderson b Malinga 72 (46b)

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Over 18 || Score 144/3

Zaheer Khan to bowl his final over. Third ball was a short delivery and Kallis smashed it over deep midwicket for a Six! Zaheer managed to pick a wicket when he bowled a slower one and Uthappa hit it high and was caught at point, Uthappa is OUT! Nine runs from the over.

RV Uthappa c Sharma b Khan 1 (2b)

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Over 17 || Score 135/2

Malinga has been brought back into the attack as Mumbai desperately need wickets. Second ball was a fuller delivery and Manish smashed it over square leg for a Six! Malinga bowled a low full-toss which clipped Manish's pads and went for 4 byes. Malinga bowled another yorker to end the over and it uprooted Manish's off-stump, Manish is bowled! A superb knock comes to an end and that wicket also ends the 131-run partnership between these two. Robin Uthappa is the new man in. Ten runs from the over.

MK Pandey b Malinga 64 (53b)

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Over 16 || Score 125/1

Pollard to continue. He bowled a short ball to begin the over and Manish smashed it past long-on for a boundary! Kallis made room for himself on the off-side and played a wonderful scoop past fine leg for another boundary! Last ball was a length delivery and Kallis pulled it for a one-bounce boundary past midwicket. 15 runs from the over. These two are making the best of the last few overs.

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Over 15 || Score 110/1

Ojha to bowl his final over. Kallis made room for himself off the third ball and smashed it past covers for a boundary! Kallis charged down the wicket off the next ball and hit it high over long-on for a Six! Two superb strikes from Kallis. Last ball was a length delivery and Kallis spanks it over deep midwicket for a Six! 20 runs from the over and all of a sudden, Kallis is looking very very dangerous.

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Over 14 || Score 90/1

Kieron Pollard has been brought into the attack. Kallis gave himself a lot of room off the fourth ball, Pollard followed him and Kallis hit it straight to Malinga at short fine leg, who dropped it! Four runs from the over. Boundaries are still hard to come for KKR. They should now eye a total of around 150 from here onwards.

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Over 13 || Score 86/1

Malinga has been brought back into the attack. Second ball was short and wide and Kallis pulled it past a diving Zaheer Khan at deep fine leg for a boundary! Eight runs from the over. These two needs to step up the gas now.

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Over 12 || Score 78/1

Bhajji brought back into the attack. Five runs came off the first five balls and then Manish hit the last ball, a quicker one, straight down the ground for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 69/1

Ojha has been brought back into the attack. Rohit Sharma missed a run-out chance in that over, where Kallis would have been out had his throw hit the stumps. Pandey charged down the wicket off the third ball and hit it over extra-cover for a boundary! Six runs from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 63/1

Anderson has been brought back into the attack. Third ball was a short delivery and Manish slapped it past wide of long-on for a boundary! Nine runs from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 54/1

Bhajji to continue. Third ball was a length delivery, powerfully swept by Kallis though deep square leg for a boundary! Good over for KKR, ten runs from it. Time for the strategic timeout.

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Over 8 || Score 44/1

Ojha to continue. Both these batsmen are now struggling to find boundaries. Seven runs from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 37/1

Spin from both ends, Harbhajan has been brought into the attack. Last ball was a short delivery, and Manish slapped it off the backfoot for a boundary through wide of long-on. Six runs from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 31/1

Pragyan Ojha has been introduced into the attack. Good start from him, just three runs from it.

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Over 5 || Score 28/1

Zaheer to bowl his third over. Eight runs from the over. Zaheer has gone for just 14 runs in his first three overs.

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Over 4 || Score 20/1

Corey Anderson has been brought into the attack. Fourth ball was a short delivery and Manish pulled it past midwicket for a boundary! After being hit for a boundary, Anderson went full and Pandey nonchalantly slapped it straight down the ground for a Six! Ten runs from the over. Pandey has already played some positive strokes.

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Over 3 || Score 10/1

Zaheer to continue. Just five runs from the over. Good start from KKR so far.

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Over 2 || Score 5/1

Lasith Malinga to bowl from the other end. Kallis got off the mark with a couple of runs towards deep backward point with the first ball he faced. Gambhir was clearly struggling and Malinga fired a perfect yorker, which rattled the stumps! Gambhir is bowled! Four runs from the over and a wicket for Malinga.

G Gambhir b Malinga 0 (8b)

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Over 1 || Score 1/0

Jacques Kallis and Gautam Gambhir to open the innings for KKR, Zaheer Khan to bowl the first over for Mumbai. The first ball was defended for no run towards the off-side. Second ball swung away, with good bounce, dot ball. Gambhir wanted a single off the third ball, was rightly sent back by Kallis. Zaheer swung the next ball into the batsman, another dot ball. Good start by Zaheer so far. Gambhir hit the fifth ball for a straight drive, another dot ball for Zaheer. Can Zaheer begin with a maiden over? Zaheer bowls a wide down the leg side, runs on board for KKR. A huge appeal was made off the last ball, turned down by the umpire.

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Toss: Gautam Gambhir has won the toss and he has decided to bat first.

Abu Dhabi: Live updates from the first IPL match to be played between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at Sheikh Zayed Stadium Abu Dhabi.

Mumbai did exceptionally well in 2013, where they won their maiden IPL title and also went on to win the Champions League. Mumbai had retained their five key players ahead of the IPL auction, and also managed to bag two new big players – Michael Hussey and Corey Anderson. While the Australian left-hander has had a terrific run with the Chennai Super Kings, the Kiwi all-rounder has already earned a reputation of being a quality all-rounder. The bowling will be once again spearheaded by Lasith Malinga, while Harbhajan Singh will handle the spin department.

Key signings: Michael Hussey, Corey Anderson

Strength: The overall strength of Mumbai Indians lies in the collective experience of veterans like Michael Hussey, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh. With all-rounders in the form of Kieron Pollard and Corey Anderson, the team has an ability to waylay any attack.

Weakness: Now that they don’t have the services of Dwayne Smith, Mumbai Indians lack an explosive batsman at the top of the order. Aditya Tare has got them to some quick starts in the past, but he is not someone who has been consistent with it.

Probable playing eleven: Aditya Tare, Rohit Sharma, Michael Hussey, Ambati Rayudu, Corey Anderson, Kieron Pollard, Apoorv Wankhede, Harbhajan Singh, Pragyan Ojha, Zaheer Khan, Lasith Malinga

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Kolkata on the other hand would want to make a fresh start after a poor show last year. The onus will once again be on Gautam Gambhir, who has been very consistent with the bat. The team management has once again shown faith in South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis, who has retired from Test cricket to prolong his career in ODIs. In the bowling department, Kolkata have a maverick spinner is Sunil Narine and the likes of Shakib al Hasan and Balaji would only strengthen their bowling attack.

Key signings: Robin Uthappa, Manish Pandey, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, Vinay Kumar.

Strength: If you look at the KKR squad for IPL 7, you might think they haven`t made much changes, until you reach the list of the pacers. KKR spent heavily to buy pace bowlers and succeeded in getting Morkel, Pat Cummins, Umesh Yadav, VRV Singh and Vinay Kumar.

Weakness: Even though Kolkata once again showed immense faith in Jacques Kallis, the South African legend is probably not the right player for the shortest format of the game now, as he takes his time initially to score runs and if he fails, the team comes under pressure considering the balls he consumes. They also rely hugely on Gambhir, and in case if he is dismissed early, the chances of KKR fighting back are rare.

Probable playing eleven: Gautam Gambhir, Robin Uthappa, Jacques Kallis, Shakib Al Hasan, Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russel, Sunil Narine, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Vinay Kumar

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First Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 - 00:01

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