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Kallis, Narine Open IPL 7 With Kolkata Win

Jacques Kallis hits out
Jacques Kallis hit 72 to set up Kolkata's winning score
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Kolkata Knight Riders 163-5 (Kallis 72) beat
Mumbai Indians 122-7 (Narine 4-20) by 41 runs
Indian Premier League 2014, Abu Dhabi

Jacques Kallis with the bat and Sunil Narine with the ball were the star performers as the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians by 41 runs in the opening match of the Indian Premier League 2014.

Kallis struck 72 in 46 balls and Manish Pandey made 64 in 53, the pair doing the bulk of the scoring as 2012 champions the Knight Riders posted an imposing score of 163 for five, despite Lasith Malinga taking four for 23.

In reply, reigning champions the Mumbai Indians never really got into much rhythm, largely thanks to Narine's haul of four for 20.

They closed on 122 for seven having been well beaten.

On a track that was unusually green, it did not take long for the tournament's first wicket to arrive when Gautam Gambhir was bowled by Malinga for an eight-ball duck.

However, Kallis then struck five fours and three sixes with Pandey adding six fours and two sixes in a 131-run partnership for the second wicket.

Malinga dismissed both men, and removed Shakib Al Hasan for one, but Kolkata still finished strongly, Suryakumar Yadav ending on 13 not out in five balls.

Zaheer Khan, with one for 23, was the other wicket-taker for Mumbai.

Although he did not take a wicket at first, Morne Morkel then put Mumbai under early pressure with an outstanding spell, using the conditions to his advantage.

Even a player as experienced as Michael Hussey was subdued, and after scratching around for three in 13 balls, he was bowled by Narine in the fifth over.

Aditya Tare (24 in 22 balls) had just started to play some big shots when he was caught and bowled at the second attempt by Shakib Al Hasan, leaving Ambati Rayudu (48) and Rohit Sharma (27) with plenty of work to do.

The pair added 61 for the third wicket but progress was fairly slow and after Sharma hit Morkel for six, he was caught in the deep by Kallis off the same bowler as he attempted to repeat the stroke.

That was the 16th over and they had mustered just 106 runs by then, and that left the big hitters Kieron Pollard (6 not out) and Corey Anderson (2 not out) with far too much to do.

Narine, however, was bowling superbly. He had Rayudu stumped - at the second attempt - by Robin Uthappa and then bamboozled Anderson and Harbhajan Singh (0) to bowl both players.

Chidhambaram Gautam (7) was the other batsman to fall, stumped from the final ball of the game as Piyush Chawla snaffled a late wicket.

Tomorrow's match sees the Delhi Daredevils take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore. Delhi will be without captain Kevin Pietersen who has a fractured finger and will be led by Dinesh Karthik.

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