The defending IPL champions, the Kolkata Knight Riders, brushed past the Mumbai Indians comfortably as they secured their first win in 2015 by seven wickets.
The KKR captain, Gautam Gambhir, was in inspired form as led his side’s successful run chase scoring an impressive 57 runs from 43 balls going at a strike rate of 132.56. The skipper was well backed up by Manish Pandey who scored 40 from just 24 balls and Suryakumar Yadav who notched 46 from 20 balls.
KKR looked impressive in all departments, as South African Morne Morkel lead the bowling attack finishing with figures of 2-18 of his four overs. The much-anticipated return of Sunil Narine to the KKR attack proved to be an anti-climax. He finished on figures of 0-28 of four overs.
It was not all doom and gloom for the Mumbai Indians, the skipper Rohit Sharma tore apart the Kolkata bowlers scoring 98* from 65 balls. He was well accompanied at the crease by New Zealander Corey Anderson who tallied up 55* of 41 balls.
However, in the end, the KKR dominance proved to be just too much for Mumbai to handle. Ricky Ponting’s side will still feel they are in with a serious shot this year and with it being early in the tournament, there is plenty of time to change their fortunes around.
The job does not get any easier for Mumbai as they face the 2014 runners-up, the Kings XI Punjab, at the Wankhede next on April 12.
The Kolkata Knight Riders, who are looking to become the first team to win three IPL titles, will entertain the Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Eden Gardens on April 11.