IPL 2013: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...



IPL 2013: Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders - As it happened...Zee Media Bureau

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KKR innings:

Over 18.2 || Score 105/10

Malinga to bowl his final over. And yet again, he bowls that perfect slow Yorker and Balaji is bowled! So Mumbai Indians have defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 65 runs! And it has been yet another convincing victory.

L Balaji b Malinga 0 (3b)

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Over 18 || Score 104/9

Johnson to bowl his final over. The third ball was banged short and Narine went for the pull, didn’t connect and it was Karthik who appealed first followed by Johnson and the umpire raised his finger. That dismissal brings Balaji to the crease. Four from the over and Johnson ends another superb spell 4-0-13-2

SP Narine c Karthik b Johnson 3 (6b)

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Over 17 || Score 100/8

Malinga to bowl his third over. Just three from the over, KKR have reached their 100.

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Over 16 || Score 97/8

Bhajji to bowl his final over, Narine is the new man in. And he picks his third wicket as Bhatia is OUT! Bhatia hit the last ball high over the keeper’s head and Malinga ran to his right from short fine leg and took a good catch. Five from the over, impressive figures for Harbahajan 4-0-27-3

R Bhatia c Malinga b Harbhajan Singh 4 (5b)

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Over 15 || Score 92/7

Malinga brought back into the attack. McLaren wanted a single off the first ball and was sent back, but fell well short as Karthik dislodged the bails! Abdulla comes to the crease. Three from the over.

R McLaren run out 1 (3b)

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Over 14 || Score 89/6

Harbhajan into his third over. Das launches the first ball over midwicket for a SIX! Das has already hit some massive strokes. The fifth ball was pitched full and Das went straight down the ground for another boundary! But Harbhajan has the last laugh as Das is caught and bowled off the last ball! Ten from the over. Rajat Bhatia is the new man in.

DB Das c & b Harbhajan Singh 23 (17b)

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Over 13 || Score 79/5

Nechim to bowl his third over. Morgan slices the second ball straight to Rohit Sharma at point who takes a good catch diving to his front. That could be the end of the hopes for the KKR fans. McLaren is the new man in. Just two from the over and a wicket.

EJG Morgan c Sharma b Ahmed 5 (10b)

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Over 12 || Score 77/4

Harbhajan into his second over. Three runs came off the first five balls and then Das dispatched the last ball over deep midwicket for a SIX! Nine from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 68/4

Ojha to bowl his final over. Das slashed the first ball past point for a boundary! Six from the over. Ojha ends his fantastic spell 4-0-23-2

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Over 10 || Score 62/4

Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack. And he gets the big wicket of Kallis! Kallis advanced down the wicket off the fifth ball and mistimed the shot straight to Nechim at long-off! Debabrata Das is the new man in. Seven from the over.

JH Kallis c Ahmed b Harbhajan Singh 24 (26b)

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Over 9 || Score 55/3

Ojha to continue. Two runs came off the first two balls. The third was wide and Pathan once again went for that slog-sweep, didn’t connect and drags it onto the stumps! Ojha picks his second wicket, he has bowled well today. Eoin Morgan is the new man in. Now this is going to be a crucial partnership. Three from the over.

YK Pathan b Ojha 13 (8b)

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Over 8 || Score 52/2

Nechim into his second over. The third ball was short and wide and Pathan pulled it for a boundary past deep midwicket. Six from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 46/2

Ojha to continue. And he strikes first ball, Bisla is stumped! There was a lot of flight which lured Bisla to charge down the wicket, the ball spun sharply and Karthik did the rest. Pathan is the new man in. He scored his first fifty for KKR in the previous match and his team would want a similar kind of effort from him. Pathan slog-sweeps the fifth ball high over deep-midwicket for a SIX! Eight from the over.

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Over 6 || Score 38/1

Malinga comes into the attack. Bisla got an edge off the fifth ball that ran past third-man for a boundary! Eight from the over.

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Over 5 || Score 30/1

Johnson to continue. Just one from the over. Johnson once again has been spot on so far.

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Over 4 || Score 29/1

Ojha comes into the attack. Bisla shimmied down off the last ball and worked that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Seven from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 22/1

Johnson to continue. Bisla edged the second ball and it was dropped by Harbhajan at first slip! The next ball was pitched short and Kallis top-edged it over the keeper’s head for a boundary! The last ball was half-volley and Bisla drove that beautifully straight down the ground for a boundary! Ten from the over. Johnson has been unlucky again.

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Over 2 || Score 12/1

Abu Nechim to bowl the second over. He began with four dot balls and then bowled a short delivery which was dispatched for a boundary at deep midwicket by Jacques Kallis! The last ball was short and wide and Kallis went all the way over point for a SIX! Two top shots from the South African. Ten from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 2/1

Gambhir and Bisla to open for KKR, Johnson will bowl the first over. And Johnson strikes, Gambhir is bowled! Johnson once again impresses with his pace and Gambhir drags one onto the stumps. Big big blow for KKR! Kallis is the new man in. Good start from Johnson, two runs and a wicket!

G Gambhir b Johnson 0 (2b)

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Mumbai innings:

Over 20 || Score 170/6

McLaren to bowl the final over. Johnson took a single off the first ball. The second ball was short and Karthik hit it high in the air at short fine leg and was dropped by Narine who misjudged it. The third ball was a half-volley and Karthik smashed that straight down the ground for a SIX! Johnson worked the fifth ball towards long off for a couple. The next ball was a wide, and that beat the keeper, 5 wides! This would hurt KKR. The last ball was a full-toss again and Johnson made some room and spanked that over long-off for a SIX! Another tremendous finish by Mumbai! 25 from the last over.

Dinesh Karthik 34* (18b) Mitchell Johnson 10* (6b)

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Over 19 || Score 145/6

Narine to bowl his final over. The first ball was short and Karthik pulled that towards deep square leg for a boundary! The third ball was bowled at the pads and Karthik worked that towards fine leg for another boundary! And now Harbhajan is run-out! Karthik worked the ball at short fine-leg and ran for a non-existing single, Pathan’s throw was a direct hit and Harbhajan was well short off his ground. Johnson is the new man in. Ten from the over.

Harbhajan Singh run out 0 (0b)

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Over 18 || Score 135/4

McLaren into his third over. And Rohit Sharma is caught at deep square leg! Sharma went for the pull and Morgan took the catch and then lost his balance but as he went behind the ropes, he threw the ball high and came back to collect it inside the ropes. Excellent effort that. Pollard is the new man in. The fourth ball was a slow bouncer and Pollard hammered that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! But McLaren bangs one short at pace, Pollard goes for the pull, mistimes it and Narine at short fine leg takes an easy catch! Rayudu is the new man in. And guess what, Mumbai are losing wickets in quick successions, now Rayudu is run-out! Karthik worked the last ball towards deep backward point where Balaji dived to his right and saved a boundary, and threw an excellent throw that dismissed Rayudu! Five runs and three wickets from the over.

AT Rayudu run out 0 (0b)

KA Pollard c Narine b McLaren 4 (4b)

RG Sharma c Morgan b McLaren 16 (11b)

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Over 16 || Score 119/2

Bhatia to continue. The third ball was short and wide and Sharma played a cut shot past point that got him a boundary! The last ball of the over was a half=-volley and Sharma clobbered that over long-on for a SIX! Thirteen from the over.

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Over 15 || Score 106/2

Narine into his second over. Just five from the over.

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Over 14 || Score 101/2

Abdulla to bowl his final over. The first ball was full and wide and Smith launched that over covers for a boundary! But Abdulla has the last laugh as Smith is caught at long on! It was once again wide and Smith went for it and mistimed it. Eight from the over. The openers are out, Rohit Sharma and Karthi at the crease.

DR Smith c McLaren b Iqbal Abdulla 47 (53b)

Over 13 || Score 93/1

Rajat Bhatia comes into the attack. The second ball was pitched on the leg stump and Tendulkar plays a paddle scoop that runs past fine leg for a boundary! Bhatia has got the breakthrough, Tendulkar is bowled! He was trying to play a similar shot that earned him a boundary in the over, didn’t connect this time and was bowled! Nine from the over.

SR Tendulkar b Bhatia 48 (28b)

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Over 12 || Score 84/0

Abdullah into his third over. Tendulkar shimmied down the track off the fifth ball and went over the bowler’s head for a boundary! Seven from the over.

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Over 11 || Score 77/0

Kallis to bowl his third over. The last ball was a short one and Tendulkar pulled that towards the fine-leg region for a boundary! Eight from the over.

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Over 10 || Score 69/0

The play was disrupted for a while and when it resumed, Abdullah came to bowl his second over. The fifth ball was pitched full and Smith swept that for a boundary though fine-leg. Six from the over.

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Over 9 || Score 63/0

Kallis to continue. Three singles came off the first three balls. Kallis bowled two dot balls and Smith kept the strike with a single off the last ball. Time for a break and this has been a great start by the Mumbai Indians.

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Over 8 || Score 59/0

Iqbal Abdullah comes into the attack. The third ball was short and wide and Smith smashed that past point for a boundary! The next ball was a length ball and Smith went towards wide of long-on for a boundary! Nine from the over.

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Over 7 || Score 50/0

Kallis comes into the attack. The third ball was pitched slightly short and Smith spanked that towards deep midwicket for a boundary! Tendulkar took a single off the last ball that brought Mumbai’s 50. Good start this for the home team.

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Over 6 || Score 41/0

Here comes the Mystery man, Narine to bowl his final over. The first four balls were dot balls and Smith took a couple at midwicket off the fifth ball. Smith keeps the strike with a single off the last ball.

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Over 5 || Score 38/0

Balaji into his third over. Just five from the over.

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Over 4 || Score 33/0

McLaren to continue. The second ball was pitched full and Tendulkar clears the fielder at mid off to score his first boundary! The next ball was pitched short and Tendulkar handsomely pulls that for a boundary at midwicket! The next ball is bowled at length again and Tendulkar hits that towards long on for his third consecutive boundary! The fifth ball is a full-toss and Tendulkar works that past the fielder at point for a boundary! The last ball is banged short again, Tendulkar gets an edge that flies past third man for Tendulkar’s fifth consecutive boundary! What an over this has been! Tendulkar on fire! 20 from the over.

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Over 3 || Score 13/0

Balaji to continue. Just two from the over. Balaji has done an excellent job so far.

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Over 2 || Score 12/0

McLaren to bowl the second over. Tendulkar gets off the mark with a single off the first ball. The third ball was pitched full and Smith plays a straight drive for a boundary! And Smith plays a carbon copy shot off the next ball for his consecutive boundary! Eleven from the over.

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Over 1 || Score 0/0

Tendulkar and Smith to open for Mumbai, Balaji will bowl the first over. There was an appeal for caught behind off the fourth ball but the ball didn’t carry to the keeper. Balaji made another appeal for lbw off the fifth ball but umpire Dharmsena wasn’t interested. And Balaji begins with a maiden!

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TOSS: Rohit Sharma has the won the toss and Mumbai will bat first.

Kolkata Knight Riders have lost seven out of 11 matches and need to win every match from here onwards. After scoring a few good knocks initially, Gambhir has been struggling with the bat. He scored 59, 53, 60 against Bangalore, Hyderabad and Punjab and since hasn’t score a 30 plus score in six matches. KKR won their last game against Rajasthan at the Eden Gardens where a slow track worked in their favour. Sunil Narine hasn’t managed to bother the batsmen ever since he picked a hat-trick against the Kings XI Punjab.

Mumbai Indians on the other hand would be high on confidence after they defeated two-time IPL winners Chennai Super Kings in a low-scoring game. Mumbai are currently looking like a balanced squad as they have a formidable spin duo in Harbhajan and Ojha while Malinga and Johnson have done pretty well throughout the series. Johnson in particular has been in incredible form as he dismissed three batsmen in his second over against Chennai which proved to be the turning point of the game. Tendulkar’s form is a matter of concern for the Sharma-led side and only if the Little Master can make some significant contribution with the bat, Mumbai can become a serious contender for the semis.