Mumbai Beat Kolkata To Get One Step Closer To Final
Mumbai Indians 148-6 (Blizzard 51) beat
Kolkata Knight Riders 147-7 (ten Doeschate 70no) by 4 wickets
Indian Premier League Eliminator, Mumbai
The Mumbai Indians beat the Kolkata Knight Riders by four wickets in the Indian Premier League eliminator to win through and get one step closer to the final.
It was their second win against the Knight Riders in as many matches and although not quite as dramatic as the final group game, this match also went down to the final over, the home team getting there with four balls to spare.
The way the two teams began their innings had a huge impact on the result. The Knight Riders, invited to bat by Sachin Tendulkar, came out of the blocks slowly and tentatively and were quickly in big trouble at 20 for four with pacer Munaf Patel wrecking the top order on his way to figures of three for 27.
Conversely, when the Mumbai side, having been set 148 to win, came out to chase, they were afforded an excellent platform of 81 runs in 7.5 overs by Tendulkar and Aiden Blizzard.
Australian Blizzard hammered 51 in 30 balls and Tendulkar 36 in 28 deliveries. Almost inevitably, there was a mid-innings wobble as a mixture of nerves and a Kolkata counter-attack came into play, but just as they were one game ago, they were carried home by James Franklin, unbeaten on 29 and Harbhajan Singh, who made 11 not out in just five balls at the end.
But for 70 not out in 49 balls from Dutch all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate, the Knight Riders might not have reached a century and it is to their credit that they took the game as far as they did.
For them, however, their first appearance in the knockout stages of the IPL proved to be a game too far and it is Mumbai who will now face the Royal Challengers Bangalore for the right to play the Chennai Super Kings in the final.
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