IPL 2012: Sharma Century Sets Up Mumbai Victory
Mumbai Indians 182-1 (Sharma 109no) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 155-4 by 27 runs
Indian Premier League 2012, Kolkata
Riding on a Rohit Sharma hundred, Mumbai Indians upset Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in game 58 of the Indian Premier League 2012.
This was a massive win for Mumbai, who have now regained third spot in the table with 16 points, and Kolkata remain in second with 17 points.
Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Shakib Al Hasan brought into the side, began proceedings for the home side and gave them a major boost when he had Sachin Tendulkar stumped for just two runs.
The score was 15 for one in the third over and that was to be the highlight of the day for Kolkata. From then on, Herschelle Gibbs and Rohit Sharma made merry as the bowlers just watched and fielders chased leather.
The duo were involved in a massive 167-run partnership for the second wicket, the third highest in IPL history. They fell short of the highest second-wicket partnership of 189 runs, set by David Warner and Naman Ojha against Deccan Chargers, by 22 runs.
For Gibbs this was the first IPL game of the season and he showed no signs of rust, making 66 runs off 58 balls. He hit seven fours and two sixes, but it was Sharma who set Eden Gardens alight, scoring his maiden IPL hundred.
This was the fourth hundred of IPL 2012 after Ajinkya Rahane, Kevin Pietersen and David Warner. His 109 runs came off only 60 balls, including twelve fours and five sixes, as Mumbai rode to a mighty score. They ended up with 182 for one, Shakib proving to be the best bowler with one for 27 from his four overs.
Kolkata’s chase began disastrously, losing both openers Gautam Gamhir and Manvinder Bisla before the second over had been completed.
Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary then restored some sanity, but the asking rate was always going to be tough given the lack of a good start.
Tiwary made 27 off 25 balls before he was adjudged LBW to Keiron Pollard. The score was 60 for three in the tenth over at that stage and Yusuf Pathan came out to join Kallis in the middle.
This was the last hope for Kolkata even though Pathan hasn’t been in any sort of form. To their credit, they did bring the side to within 28 runs off the target but couldn’t finish the job.
Kallis was out off the penultimate ball, having scored 79 runs off 60 balls, including seven fours and three sixes.
Pathan finally got some runs under his belt, remaining unbeaten at 40 off 31 ball, two fours and a six to his credit. This was perhaps the one positive to come out of this for Kolkata.
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