Rohit Sharma’s unbeaten 109 combined with 66 off 58 balls from Herchelle Gibbs sank Kolkata who could only manage 155 in reply. The total of 182 proved too much for Kolkata especially when Kolkata lost skipper Gautam Gambhir for a duck in the first over of the innings. Jacques Kallis and Yusuf Pathan, who came back to form with a promising 40 off 31 deliveries, tried to revive the innings with a steady stand in the middle of the innings, but in the end failed to overhaul the competitive target.
Batting first, Mumbai lost Sachin Tendulkar for just 2 in the 3rd over. From there onwards, it was a cakewalk for them. Rohit Sharma and Herchelle Gibbs toyed with the bowling towards the end of the innings after starting slowly and steadily. They were particularly harsh on the seamers and hammered each of them for over 20 runs an over. The spinners Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine brought some respectability back in innings and did not allow them to score more than 200. Gibbs playing his first match brought stability at the top and provided Sharma with the perfect supporting role.
Kolkata lost Gambhir in the very first over and Bisla in the second over to seriously dent their chase. Jacques Kallis then steadied one end along with Manoj Tiwary at the other end. Tiwary departed for 27 which brought Yusuf Pathan to the crease. He played patiently like a man on a mission but in the end his and Jacques Kallis’ knock proved to be futile. Kallis departed in the last over for 79. Malinga abd Pollard bowled tight spells in the middle overs of the innings. In the end, they fell short by 27 runs.
Mumbai Indians cloimbed to the fourth spot in the table with Kolkata staying at their second position.
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