Indians thrash woefull Knight Riders
A devastating spell of bowling from Shaun Pollock and Ashish Nehra saw the Mumbai Indian thrash the woefull Kolkata Knight Riders by 8 wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Chasing a very modest total of only 67, the lowest total yet in the IPL, Mumbai made short work of their task getting the winning runs in the sixth over.
Mumbai lost Sachin Tendulkar early, playing away from his body to a Shoaib Akthar delivery, and being taken behind the stumps by wicketkeeper, Saha.
Jayasuriya however, was soon into his stride and he played as if he was late for dinner reservations.
Jayasuriya played all the Kolkata bowlers with disdain helping himself to 22 runs off one Akthar over. The irrepressible Sri Lankan raced to 48 off only 17 balls with seven fours and three sixes, ending the match not out.
In the end Jayasuriya’s combination of power and placement was just too much for the Kolkata bowlers who were always onto a hiding to nothing because of the low total they had to defend.
The result moves Mumbai into mid-table leaving them only four points from the top and well placed for a semi-final push.
Earlier, a combination of wonderful bowling and good fielding had helped Mumbai to restrict Kolkata.
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.