Mum­bai beat Kolkata by 49 runs in IPL

Arab Times - - SPORTS -

ABU DHABI, United Arab Emirates, Sept 24, (AP): Ti­tle-hold­ers Mum­bai In­di­ans earned an em­phatic 49-run win against Kolkata Knight Rid­ers on Wed­nes­day to col­lect their first points in the In­dian Premier League.

Cap­tain Ro­hit Sharma’s blis­ter­ing knock of 80 off 54 balls pro­pelled Mum­bai to 195-5 af­ter Kolkata skip­per

Di­nesh Karthik con­tin­ued the trend of field­ing first in this year’s IPL af­ter win­ning the toss.

Kolkata fell apart in their run chase against a three-pronged Mum­bai pace at­tack with Jasprit Bum­rah, Trent Boult and James Pat­tin­son all claim­ing two wick­ets each and re­strict­ing the op­po­si­tion to 146-9.

Pat Cum­mins, bat­ting at No. 8, top­scored with 33 as Kolkata kept los­ing wick­ets at reg­u­lar in­ter­vals against Mum­bai’s fast bowlers and never looked to chal­lenge the big tar­get.

In­dia’s premier fast bowler Bum­rah sealed the game for Mum­bai in the 16th over when he claimed the wick­ets of big hit­ters Eoin Mor­gan (16) and An­dre Rus­sell (11).

Sharma and Suryaku­mar Ya­dav (47 off 28 balls) laid the foun­da­tion for a big Mum­bai to­tal with a 90-run sec­ond wicket stand off 57 balls.

Ya­dav got Mum­bai go­ing by hit­ting seamer San­deep War­rier for four bound­aries in only the third over of the in­nings and Sharma smacked two sixes in Cum­mins’ first over. Cum­mins, who fin­ished his quar­an­tine only on Wed­nes­day, was com­pletely off color and con­ceded 49 runs off three overs.

Ya­dav got run out in the 11th over while at­tempt­ing a sec­ond run but Sharma stayed un­til the 18th over be­fore hol­ing out to long-on af­ter hit­ting six sixes and three fours.

Karthik made 30 off 23 balls but played a reck­less slog sweep against spin­ner Rahul Cha­har just at the half­way mark and left Kolkata strug­gling at 71-3.


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