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Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians by 9 wickets

Chasing a target of 134 runs, the Kolkata Knight Riders beat the Mumbai Indians by nine wickets as skipper S Ganguly (42) and B McCullum (not out 57) were among the runs.

india Updated: Apr 19, 2010 23:15 IST
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Saurabh Tiwary top scored with a 37-ball 46 as Mumbai Indians slumped to 133 for eight, their lowest total in the IPL, against Kolkata Knight Riders on a slow track at Eden Gardens here today.

Stroke-making was tough on the slow strip as the ball was not coming on to bat.

Ambati Rayudu played a good 27-run cameo down the order to take Mumbai Indians to a fighting total in the dead rubber.

For the Knight Riders, Kiwi paceman Shane Bond (2/24) and Murali Kartik (2/20) were the most successful bowlers, bagging two wickets each.

Bond gave Kolkata Knight Riders a perfect start by removing both the openers of the table-toppers, who rested their five players including captain Sachin Tendulkar.

The New Zealander sent back Aditya Tare (1) and Shikhar Dhawan (10) in successive overs, reducing the opponents to 14 for two after they opted to bat.

Thereafter, Tiwary in company of JP Duminy began the repair work although it was difficult to score against Kartik and David Hussey.

From 29 for two in five overs, the left-handed duo added 40 runs in next five overs as Mumbai looked reached 69 for two at the half-way mark.

Young paceman Jaidev Unadkat broke the 63-run third wicket partnership when the left-armer castled Duminy (19) with Mumbai's score reading 77 for three in 12.5 overs.

Tiwary followed suit two balls later, becoming Murali Kartik's first victim as the youngster was caught by Brendon McCullum in the mid-wicket.

Tiwary's knock had four fours and a six off rival skipper Sourav Ganguly and showed that he has the ability to adapt to conditions.

Wickets fell in quick succession after that with stand-in skipper Dwayne Bravo (5) also failing with the bat and it was Rayudu, who played a handy knock before running himself out to gave Mumbai bowlers something to fight for.