IPL 2015: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets, Stars and flops

The eighth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) got off to kick-start in Eden Gardens, Kolkata and the home side Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) cruised to a comfortable win against Mumbai Indians (MI) by seven wickets.

IPL has seen some of the most stunning displays of fielding but this match saw seven catches going down. The match was played in a wicket which is quite unusual for Kolkata. It was a good batting surface but had good pace and bounce. Winning the toss, KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir invited Mumbai Indians in and Morne Morkel bowled with lot of fire. He finished up his four overs, giving away only 18 runs and took two key wickets of Aaron Finch and Ambati Rayudu.

Match turning point: KKR’s disciplined bowling restricted MI to 80 runs in their first 14 overs and that turned the match in the home side’s favour.

Rohit Sharma’s brilliant unbeaten 98 from 65 and Corey Anderson’s 55 not out from 41, lifted the side’s score to a fighting 168 but KKR led by Gambhir’s half century were always in the game. It was a good combined effort of Gambhir (57 from 43), Manish Pandey (40 from 24) and Suryakumar Yadav (46* from 20), that saw KKR triumph with nine balls left, marking their 10th in a row in IPL.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 168 for 3 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 98*, Corey Anderson 55*; Morne Morkel 2-18) lost to Kolkata Knight Riders 170 for 3 in 18.3 overs (Gautam Gambhir 57, Manish Pandey 40, Suryakumar Yadav 46*) seven wickets