Knight Riders Consolidate Fourth Place
Kolkata Knight Riders 142-4 (Uthappa 80) beat
Mumbai Indians 141-5 by six wickets
Indian Premier League 2014, Cuttack
The Kolkata Knight Riders firmed up their fourth-place position in the Indian Premier League 2014 table with a six-wicket win over the Mumbai Indians in Cuttack.
The victory, coupled with a loss for the Sunrisers Hyderabad earlier in the day, lifts them two points clear of the fifth-placed side and they are now level with third-placed team the Rajasthan Royals, behind only on net run-rate.
Batting first, Mumbai made a poor start, losing openers Lendl Simmons (12) and Chidhambaram Gautam (8) cheaply.
Ambati Rayudu hit 33 in 27 balls, Rohit Sharma 51 in 45 and Corey Anderson 18 in 12 to help them recover but they always looked to have closed a little short on 141 for five.
Morne Morkel picked up two for 35 and wicket apiece for Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine and Piyush Chawla went a long way to setting things up for the 2012 champions.
And although in-form opener Gautam Gambhir fell to Harbhajan Singh for 12, and Manish Pandey went the same way for the same score, Kolkata were never in much trouble.
At the other end, Robin Uthappa hit 80 in 52 balls with nine fours and three sixes to ensure the run-chase was well managed.
He fell in the 16th over to Simmons and Shakib was caught by Rayudu off Lasith Malinga for nine with the winning line in site, leaving Yusuf Pathan, unbeaten on 20 in 13 balls, to finish things off with eight balls to spare.
Malinga (1-30), Harbhajan (2-22) and Simmons (1-34) were the wicket-takers.
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