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Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders

Match info: Indian Premier League at Sheikh Zayed Stadium - League

Date: 16th Apr 2014 Umpires: M Erasmus and R K Illingworth

20-over match

Home team and score Away team score

Mumbai Indians

122/7 (20.0 Overs)


Kolkata Knight Riders

163/5 (20.0 Overs)

Kolkata Knight Riders win by 41 runs

  • Last Updated: April 16 2014, 19:50 BST

Mumbai Indians' Indian Premier League title defence started in defeat as Kolkata Knight Riders cruised to a 41-run win in Abu Dhabi.

Jacques Kallis: Cashed in on a life to top score with 72
Jacques Kallis: Cashed in on a life to top score with 72

After winning the tournament in fairtyale fashion in Sachin Tendulkar's IPL swansong 12 months ago, Mumbai made a lacklustre start to this year's event as they failed to chase down the 163 for five target set.

South African veteran Jacques Kallis made the most of a dropped catch for Kolkata to post 72 from 46 balls, sharing a 131-run partnership with Manish Pandey, who clubbed 64 from 53.

The Mumbai run-chase never gathered any momentum, thanks in the main to Sunil Narine, who added to his growing Twenty20 wicket tally with four for 20 from his four overs.

Kallis, who has retired from international cricket, was handed a second chance when on just 34 and made Mumbai pay with an explosive finish to the Kolkata innings.

After losing captain Gautam Gambhir for a duck, Kallis and Panday were quietly rebuilding the Knight Riders' innings before Lasith Malinga inexplicably dropped the South African all-rounder at short fine-leg off the bowling of Kieron Pollard.

Bhoyed by the life, Kallis then pressed his foot firmly on the accelerator, taking Pragyan Ohja for 19 runs in the next over and then depositing Pollard towards the rope twice in over 16.

Uncapped Indian batsmen Pandey proved the perfect foil at the other end and helped himself to six boundaries and two sixes before falling to Malinga at the end of the 17th over for 64.

Malinga (four for 23) helped put the breaks on Kolkata at the death with the wickets of Kallis and Shaik Al-Hasan later on, however his earlier faux pas in the field was to prove costly.

Only Ambati Rayudu (48) contributed significantly to the Mumbai run-chase as spinners Narine and Shakib put the squeeze on brilliantly during the reply.

The Indians found the boundary just nine times with only Rayudu, Aditya Tare (24) and Rohit Sharma (27) reaching double figures.

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