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IPL 8: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Mumbai Indians by seven wickets

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A fantastic spell of 2 for 18 from 4 overs from Morne Morkel combined with a Gautam Gambhir half-century and forties from Suryakumar Yadav and Manish Pandey saw Kolkata Knight Riders get the better of Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in the opening match of  IPL 8 at Eden Gardens. Mumbai Indians countered Kolkata Knight Riders’ challenge courtesy a crafty, unbeaten 98 from captain Rohit Sharma and Corey Anderson’s smashing 55 not out, but in the end Kolkata Knight Riders had it easy even though both sides ended up losing the same number of wickets. Mumbai Indians’ poor fielding — they dropped five catches — was one of the reasons for their defeat.

Batting first, Mumbai Indians were off to an exceedingly poor start. There were high hopes from new recruit Aaron Finch, but he disappointed giving a catch to Umesh Yadav off Morne Morkel’s bowling. Aditya Tare too could not make any impact as Shakib Al Hasan sent him back for a single figure score. Morne Morkel added to Mumbai Indians’ misery when he dismissed Ambati Rayudu for a duck. At 37 for 3 in the sixth over, Mumbai Indians were in all sorts of trouble.

Under pressure, Rohit Sharma and Corey J Anderson began the rescue act. They were slightly careful at the start, but once they opened up, there was no stopping them. Rohit Sharma finished on 98 from 65 balls with 12 fours and 4 sixes while Corey J Anderson was unbeaten on 55 from 41 with 4 fours and 3 sixes as Mumbai Indians finished on 168 for 3.

Defending 169, Mumbai Indians got an early breakthrough when left-armer Corey Anderson had Robin Uthappa caught for 9, but Gautam Gambhir, Manish Pandey and Suryakumar Yadav ensured that there were no further hiccups for Kolkata Knight Riders. Gautam Gambhir crossed his 50 after being dropped more than once. He eventually fell for 57 from 43 balls, hitting 7 fours and a six. Manish Pandey played a whirlwind knock, hitting 40 from 24 with 2 fours and 3 sixes. Suryakumar Yadav did even better racing to 46 from 20, with one four and 5 sixes.

Kolkata Knight Riders crossed the target with an over and a half to spare to begin their campaign on a winning note.

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