Highlights, Stats: IPL 2015 Match 1: KKR Vs MI at Eden Gardens

Kolkata, April 8: Defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) launched their IPL 8 campaign with a 7-wicket victory over Mumbai Indians (MI) here tonight at Eden Gardens.

 

Captain Rohit Sharma‘s unbeaten 98 powered MI to 168/3 in 20 overs. In reply, home team skipper Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar Yadav starred with the bat as KKR chased down the target in 18.3 overs.


Here are highlights and important statistics from the 1st match of IPL 2015

Points – KKR – 2; MI – 0

This was KKR’s 10th victory in a row

Top scorer of the match – Rohit Sharma (MI) 98 not out off 65 balls with 12 fours and 4 sixes

Most wickets – 2 for Morne Morkel of KKR

Most sixes – 5 by Suryakumar Yadav of KKR

Man-of-the-match – Morkel (4-1-18-2)

Total sixes in the match – 18 (MI 7, KKR 11)

Total fours – 29 (MI 18, KKR 11)

Most economical bowler – Morkel (4.50 economy rate)

Most expensive bowler – Jasprit Bumrah (12.66) 3-0-38-1

Ducks – 1 – Ambati Rayudu (MI)

Best partnership – Rohit and Corey Anderson – 131 runs (unfinished) for the 4th wicket in 14.4 overs

Best over – 21 runs for MI in the 15th over bowled by Umesh Yadav to Anderson and Rohit

Total score of captains – 155 (Rohit 98*, Gautam Gambhir 57). This is the third highest total (both skippers) in a IPL game

Powerplay scores – MI – 37/3 in 6 overs; KKR 38/1 in 6

Fastest fifty – Gambhir – 50 off 39

Paceman R Vinay Kumar broke Gambhir’s bat in the second over of the innings

Holders Kolkata Knight Riders win IPL 2015 opener

Kolkata, April 8: Kolkata Knight Riders launched their title defence on a perfect note as skipper Gautam Gambhir and Suryakumar Yadav drove them to a seven-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the IPL 8 opener here today.

Chasing 169 for a win, Gambhir’s 43-ball 57 (7×4, 1×6) led the KKR charge, while Suryakumar’s unbeaten 46 off 20 deliveries helped them canter to their target in 18.3 overs.

 

But it was the 85-run second wicket partnership between Gambhir and No.3 Manish Pandey (40) that set up the chase. There was some respite after the visitors dismissed the duo but ironically they found their nemesis in a familiar Mumbaikar Suryakumar, who led Mumbai in Ranji Trophy this season.

The talented youngster, who came in at 121/3 with 48 required from 34 balls, hit some sensational shots that included a four and 5 sixes. Yusuf Pathan was also unbeaten on 14. Corey Anderson, Jasprit Bumrah and Harbhajan Singh picked up a wicket each.

Earlier, continuing his dream run at Eden Gardens, Rohit Sharma smashed an unbeaten 98 to power Mumbai Indians to 168/3.

Put in, the visitors lost two wickets in three balls and looked shaky 37/3 after a fiery spell from Morne Morkel (2/18) but Sharma, who had struck an ODI world record 264 here in November last year, was again in his element.

Sharma dissected the field with elegance and picked Indian speedster Umesh Yadav as his bunny en route to his 22nd IPL half-century.

Sharma’s 98 not out came from 65 balls studded with 12 boundaries and four sixes and was ably supported by New Zealand allrounder Corey Anderson, who remained unbeaten on 55 from 41 balls (4×4, 3×6) in a 131-run undefeated partnership.

After all the hoopla surrounding his action, Knight Riders trump card spinner Sunil Narine did not look in his usual self and returned wicketless with 28 runs from his four overs.

The West Indian looked under pressure and the umpire was seen talking to him during his second spell. Narine began with a widish full toss and the Mumbai skipper was quick to punish it for an easy boundary.

Sharma had earlier made his intention clear hitting Yadav for three boundaries in the third over. The star Indian opener was at his explosive best when he smashed three fours and one six as Yadav leaked 21 runs in the 15th over.

Gambhir plays a shot en route to his 57

Gambhir plays a shot en route to his 57

It gave the much needed impetus to MI run-rate that went under six after the three quick wickets and some clever captaincy by Gambhir.

While Yadav was expensive, Morkel was the pick of the lot and Gambhir made the South African speedster run through his quota of four overs from the High Court end.

Morkel dismissed Mumbai Indians star recruit Aaron Finch (5) cheaply when the Australian World Cup winning opener top-edged one to deep square leg and gave a second breakthrough in Ambati Rayudu (0) in his penultimate over.

In between, Gambhir cleverly brought in Shakib Al Hasan who foxed Aditya Tare (7) with his flight as the Mumbai wicketkeeper stepped out but only to mistime it to long off.

But he was severely let down by his fielders. Andre Russell dropped Corey Anderson on 23, a regulation catch at mid-on, while part-time wicketkeeper Robin Uthappa not only missed an outside edge of Sharma but missed a stumping when the Mumbai Indians skipper was on 70.

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Bangalore won by 8 Wkts against Delhi Daredevils, 2nd Match, IPL 2014

RCB 146/2 (16.4 Ovs) | Delhi Daredevils Vs Royal Challengers Bangalore Live Score, 2nd T20

A thumping victory by Bangalore to kick-start their campaign. Second straight one-sided match of the tournament though. Tomorrow is a double header and hopefully we will get to see even contests. For now, cheers and bye..

Chahal: ‘This was my 2nd Indian T20 league match, I have played one for Mumbai before. I was confident, I knew the ball would turn. Murali sir was sitting on the sidelines, Kohli supported me a lot during my spell.’

Yuzvendra Chahal is the MoM

Kohli: ‘We were just getting used to the pace of the wicket, hopefully, we will do well in the next few matches. It was easily a 170+ track, the bowlers did very well to keep them down to 145. Chahal was extremely good. It was sad how Yuvraj was targetted after the finals, he has won us 2 World Cups. I just told him to bat the way he wants to, it is a joy to watch him bat in this form.’

Karthik: ‘We did not bat well, especially at the top. It was a great partnership from JP and Ross. The fielding was also ordinary. Sometimes, you don’t know who to bowl at what stage. It is just the first game, we have to come back hard in the next game. Duminy hit some lusty blows at the end which was good for us.’

A convincing victory for Bangalore and that too without Chris Gayle. They lost Maddinson early, but the launch pad was provided by Parthiv Patel. He made sure that the run-rate did not dip at any stage of the chase. Kohli was strangely off-colour today, but he could take his time to settle down. He was dropped twice on 23 and 24, and made sure that Dehi pay. On the other hand, the much maligned Yuvraj Singh started shakily, grew in confidence as his innings progressed before finishing it off in style. For Delhi, the bowling barring Mohammad Shami was ordinary and the fielding and catching was shoddy.

Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders 1st Match IPL 2014 Result

Today in the first match of the much awaited IPL 2014, defending champions Mumbai Indians took on 2012 winners Kolkata Knight Riders at Abu Dhabi. Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and elected to bat first. Captain Gautam Gambhir got out for a duck in the second over leaving KKR at 4/1 in 1.4 overs. But Manish Pandey and Jacques Kallis then steadied the innings with a brilliant 131 run partnership. The duo completed their half centuries and provided a solid platform to KKR to put down a good total. Manish Pandey got out in the 17th over after scoring 64 off 53 balls but the star for KKR was Kallis who hammered Mumbai Indian bowlers and scored 72 off 46 balls which included 5 fours and 3 sixes. Eventually KKR were able to post a decent total of 163/5 in 20 overs.

Match 1 IPL 2014 – Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders
Date – April 16, 2014
Venue – Abu Dhabi
Toss – Kolkata Knight Riders elected to bat
Result – Kolkata Knight Riders won by 41 runs

Chasing 164 to win and start the 2014 campaign on a winning note, Mumbai Indians openers Michael Hussey and Aditya Tare added 24 runs for the first wicket partnership before Hussey got out after scoring just 3. Soon Tare also fell and Mumbai were placed at 40/2 in 7.5 overs. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu then took the charge and helped Mumbai regain the pace as the duo added 61 runs in 7.1 overs. Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu both got out within the span of 5 balls and Mumbai were reduced to 106/4 in 16.1 overs. Needing another 58 to win from 3.5 overs was a herculean task and KKR bowler Sunil Narine proved to be too much for Mumbai as they eventually could score 122/7 in their allotted 20 overs and thus lost the match by 41 runs.

Mumbai Indians lift IPL 2013 title at Eden Gardens

Kolkata, May 27: Mumbai Indians lifted the Indian Premier League title for the first time with a 23-run victory over a hapless Chennai Super Kings in the final, played in the shadow of the raging spot fixing scam amid reports that some more players could be arrested after the Eden Gardens game Sunday night (May 26).

Mumbai Indians IPL 2013 Winners

The Mumbai Indians successfully defended a modest 148/9, to hold an error-prone Chennai batsmen to 125/9 and extract sweet revenge for their 22-run defeat to the same rivals in a summit clash three years back.

For Chennai, skipper MS Dhoni ploughed a lonely furrow (63 not out; 45 b 3×4 5×6), as he joined in the middle with half the side gone and only 36 on the board into the seventh over.

Dhoni began by playing cautiously, but hit three sixes in an attempt to turn the game, but in the end that was not enough.

The one-sided game, played before packed galleries at the iconic venue, saw the Chennai Super Kings batsmen mostly go out to poor shots, though opener Mike Hussey was unlucky to be at the wrong end of a beautiful yorker length delivery from Sri Lankan pacer Lasith Malinga that swung back into the Australian.

Once Hussey got out, the floodgates were opened, and Malinga was on a hat-trick by claiming new man Suresh Raina with the next ball.

The Kings’ woes continued, as S. Badrinath needlessly edged an offering wide outside the off stump from Mitchell Johnson. Inside two overs, Chennai were 3/3.

Opener Murali Vijay, seeing the procession from the other end, tried to rectify the damage in the company of Dwayne Bravo, but the Trinidadian departed after picking up some boundaries with lofted strokes.

Ravindra Jadeja fell to another soft dismissal without bothering the scorer, reducing Chennai to 36/5 in the seventh over.

Vijay (18), who earlier got a “life” when he was dropped on 14, went back in the very next over, worsening Chennai’s position.

Earlier, backed by a spirited bowling and electric fielding, Chennai Super Kings restricted Mumbai Indians to a gettable total.

However, thanks to a quickfire unbeaten 60 from Kieron Pollard (32b 7×4 3×6), Mumbai recovered from a disastrous start to reach a position of respectability after opting to bat first.

Apart from Pollard’s blitzkrieg, only Ambati Rayudu (37) and Dinesh Karthick (21) made useful contributions. For Chennai, Dwayne Bravo (4/44) was the most successful bowler followed by Albie Morkel (2/12).

The big match did not have exactly the sort of build up that one would have expected it to have.

The raging spot fixing scam seemed to have pushed into the background the on-field happenings as the scandal snared cricketers, an administrator and a small time Bollywood personality.

What is worse, as the game was on, there came reports that a Delhi police team was in the city and three to four IPL players were likely to be arrested after the final match.

IANS