The Kolkata Knight Riders received valuable late batting contributions from Yusuf Pathan and the lower order giving them enough runs to let their bowlers do the rest. The Mumbai Indians never quite got going on a tricky track and the Knight Riders bowling wore them down and eventually claimed victory.
Kolkata eventually sealed victory by 32 runs after bowling Mumbai out for just 108. The bowling attack worked perfectly with Lakismipathy Balaji bowling brilliantly at the top and being well backed up by the whole attack. Balaji has been brilliant at home taking two wickets for 11 runs off of four overs. Sunil Narine once again starred knocking the Indians off at the end of the game taking four wickets for 15 runs off of 3.2 overs.
Shakib Al Hassan and Iqbal Abdulla both bowled got through their four overs effectively as well on a track that offered plenty. Mumbai looked like they still had a chance when they were 83-3 off of 15 overs, but they lost seven wickets in the last five overs. The game really started to go South in the middle of the game when Sachin Tendulkar lost a battle with Narine and was bowled after scoring 27 off of 24 balls.
Tendulkar has not gotten going in this tournament, but there was a definite feeling that while he was at the crease, he could lead this team forward. That key battle could be considered as the key decider as the Indians innings never quite seemed to get going after that. Besides Tendulkar, Dinesh Kartik was the only batsman to get 20 or more runs in this game.
Mumbai are still pretty assured of a playoff place, but this result is hugely important to a Kolkata team that has moved up to second in the table and can no longer drop out of the top four.
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