Smith takes Knights for a ride on slow Eden track

Published: 25th April 2013 11:14 AM  |   Last Updated: 25th April 2013 11:14 AM   |  A+A-


Mumbai Indians presented Sachin Tendulkar a memorable gift on his 40th birthday by pulling off a thrilling five-wicket victory over defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders.

Harbhajan Singh played villain-turned-saviour in the hard-fought win. He conceded 26 runs in the very first over, but he hit an audacious six in the third ball of the last over. Chasing a stiff target of 160, Mumbai Indians were 150 for four at the end of 19th over with Kieron Pollard and Ambati Rayudu in the middle.

Bowling the last over, medium pacer Rajat Bhatia set the jam-packed Eden on fire as he had Pollard caught by Manoj Tiwary at mid-on off the first ball. But Harbhajan turned it around, smashing the third delivery over mid-wicket fence for a huge six. Rayudu, then, hit the winning runs when drove the fifth ball to the extra-cover boundary.

This was Mumbai Indians’ fourth win and they kept their chances alive for the play-offs with eight points from seven games. On the other hand, Kolkata suffered their second successive loss at home to remain seventh.

It was good team effort with six players contributing. Dwayne Smith stood out among them, hitting a 45-ball 62.  Leading the side in place of out-of-form Ricky Ponting, Rohit Sharma played a cameo of 34 (28 balls, 1x4, 2x6), while Pollard contributed a valuable 33 (24 balls, 2x4, 1x6). Mystery spinner Sunil Narine took KKR to the brink of victory, dismissing Tendulkar, Smith and Sharma. But his spin partner Sachithra Senanayake leaked 50 runs.

In the bowling department, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha, speedster Mitchell Johnson and Lasith Malinga put up impressive performance, bagging two wickets each. After Harbhajan’s horrible first over, the trio bowled in the right areas to help their team fight back. Malinga’s patent toe-crushing yorkers finally delivered the desired results as he picked up two wickets in the last over, castling Tiwary and Debabrata Das.

Stay up to date on all the latest Cricket news with The New Indian Express App. Download now


Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp