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Knight Riders collapse under pressure

A combination of wonderful bowling and good fielding has helped the Mumbai Indians restrict the Kolkata Knight Riders to a mere 67 all out in their IPL match at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday evening.

The ball did a bit all through the Kolkata innings with Shaun Pollock and Ashish Nehra getting some decent seam movement and bounce with the new ball. Pollock was as precise as he usually is and rarely served up a bad ball.

In his second over he induced an edge off Salman Butt’s bat and Sachin Tendulkar eagerly accepted the simple chance at slip.

In his next over Pollock again found the edge and David Hussey was on his way back to the pavilion, for two, after wicketkeeper Yogesh Takawale took the catch low down to his right.

Pollock wasn’t done just yet and in his final over he found the edge once again, Mohammad Hafeez offering a chance to Robin Uthappa, at second slip, who made no mistake. Pollock finishing his spell with superb figures of 4-0-12-3

Dwayne Bravo then got into the act having Saha caught at slip by Tendulkar. With the score at 29 for five there looked to be no way back for Kolkata and nor was there to be.

Pollock may have started the rot but all the Mumbai bowlers looked the part and they made sure they did not waste Pollock’s efforts with the highest individual score in the innings being only 15.

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