Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis top-scored with 37 from 38 balls, hitting four boundaries © IANS

By Devarchit Varma

Kolkata: Apr 24, 2013

Kolkata Knight Riders posted a competitive total of 159 for six against the Mumbai Indians in the 33rd match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 tournament on Wednesday.

The Knight Riders made a rollicking start in the first over off Harbhajan Singh with opener Yusuf Pathan cracking three boundaries off the first three balls and sending the fourth over the ropes.

Skipper Gautam Gambhir soon joined the party as he clobbered a six on the final ball to make it 26 from the first over.

Pathan failed to convert a brisk start into a big knock as Mitchell Johnson had him caught by Harbhajan Singh at first slip in the second over.

Pathan’s dismissal brought Kallis to the crease and he combined with Gambhir to take KKR ahead. The two seasoned campaigners added 41 runs for the second wicket as the hosts reached 65 for one before they lost their skipper.

Harbhajan did have a poor outing with the ball but he did well as a fielder taking two catches. The senior off-spinner caught Gambhir off Pragyan Ojha for 26 off 20 balls, which was studded with a six and two boundaries.

Kallis continued to score freely on both sides of the wicket, but he missed out on a half-century as he was caught in the cover region by thew stand-in Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma for 37 off Ojha in the 12th over. Kallis struck four boundaries during his stay at the crease. 

Mumbai Indians pulled things back in control after Kolkata made a brisk start, and the new batsmen Eoin Morgan and Manoj Tiwary took a little time to settle in.

Morgan and Tiwary added a further 54 runs for the fourth wicket, taking the Knight Riders past the 100-run mark and putting a platform for a total in excess of 150.

Morgan too missed out on a half-century as he mistimed a delivery off Johnson and Rohit took a simple catch to send him back to the hut, after scoring 31.

The left-handed batsman cracked four boundaries and a six to score 31 from 25 balls.

Tiwary fell to Lasith Malinga on the fourth ball of the 19th over after getting 33 from 24 balls.

For the Mumbai Indians, Ojha, Malinga and Johnson claimed two wickets each.

Mumbai are without their regular captain Ricky Ponting, who is struggling with the bat and decided to opt out of the game.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 159 for 6 in 20 overs (Jacques Kallis 37, Manoj Tiwary 33, Eoin Morgan 31; Pragyan Ojha 2 for 21, Lasith Malinga 2 for 26) vs Mumbai Indians.

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