Javinder Singh | cricket20
The Mumbai Indians hold the advantage in the IPL elimination final after the Kolkata Knight Riders were restricted to a total of 147-7 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Having suffered a dramatic defeat against the Indians on Sunday night, the Knight Riders were put under pressure once again after their top order failed to fire as they collapsed to just 20-4 inside the opening 6 overs.
Ryan ten Doeschate (70) led the recovery, scoring a vital half century; the Dutchman smashed 6 boundaries and 3 sixes during his innings as he single handily kept the Knight Riders in the game to help set the Indians a run chase of 148.
The Knight Riders lost 4 wickets inside the opening 6 overs before ten Doeschate and Yusuf Pathan slowed the Indians charge down with a vital 5th wicket stand of 60.
The two batsmen led the Knight Riders recovery before Pathan (26) was dismissed by the impressive Munaf Patel (27-3) at the end of the 13 over when he was caught by Kieron Pollard out on the long on boundary.
Despite the loss Shakib Al Hasan came to the crease and dispatched Dhawal Kulkarni for three consecutive boundaries at the start of the 15th over to give the Knight Riders fresh hope.
The pair went on to build a 6th wicket partnership of 41 to help the Knight Riders reach 122-5 before Al Hasan (26) was bowled by Lasith Malinga at the start of the 18th over.
Rajat Bhatia (2) quickly followed before ten Doeschate and Brett Lee (2) added 16 runs from the renaming 10 balls during an 8th wicket partnership to help the Knight Riders reach 147-7.
The game got off to a tense start thanks to some tight bowling from Dhawal Kulkarni who conceded just 3 runs from the opening over to put the pressure on the batsman straight away.
With so much riding on the game the Knight Riders needed to get off to a positive start but their hopes were blown away in the space of 5 overs as their top order collapsed is spectacular fashion.
Jacques Kallis (7) was the first to go; having scored the first boundary of the match the South African sliced Munaf Patel’s next delivery towards Tendulkar who pulled off a diving catch at mid off to give the Indians the early break through.
Knight Riders skipper Gautam Gambhir (4) quickly followed after he was bowled by Harbhajan Singh in the 3rd over after he tried to slog sweep a length ball which went on to hit Gambhir’s off stump.
With the pressure mounting Shreevats Goswami (0) easily buckled after he attempted an ugly slog off the bowling of Patel in the 4th over which he edged through to Ambati Rayudu to leave the Knight Riders 15-3.
Tiwary (4) soon followed when he was trapped LBW by Dhawal Kulkarni to complete a miserable start for the Knight Riders after they had been out into bat by Tendulkar.