A Sachin Tendulkar masterclass provided the platform for victory as the Mumbai Indians thrashed the Kolkata Knight Riders by 92 runs on Monday.
Tendulkar combined with the destructive Sanath Jayasuriya to savage the Kolkata bowlers, Mumbai’s first 10 overs seeing a 116-run return. There were no village hacks or hit-and-hope mows in Tendulkar’s innings of 68, an innings that saw six 4s and four 6s. The Little Master was in dominant form, punishing the bad balls will aplomb and dispatching the good deliveries with outrageous ease.
His dismissal was followed by a brief and explosive Harbhajan Singh cameo, but when he and Jayasuriya departed, the Indians lost momentum. At one stage, 200 looked a formality, but some tight bowling by Ajantha Mendis and Laxmi Shukla kept the Indians honest.
Kolkata lost openers Brendon McCullum and Chris Gayle early on and battled to keep up with the asking rate. Sourav Ganguly played an ambitious stroke in an attempt to release the pressure, but only succeeded in handing Abhishek Nayar the second of his three wickets.
Lasith Malinga skittled the tail-enders to give the Indians a deserved 92-run victory. Anupreet Singh was unable to bat after sustaining an injury while fielding.
Mumbai Indians – 187-6 in 20 overs
Sachin Tendulkar 68, Sanath Jayasuria 52, Laxmi Shukla 3-25.
Kolkata Knight Riders – 95-9 in overs
Sourav Ganguly 34, Abhishek Nayar 3-13, Lasith Malinga 3-11.
Mumbai won by 92 runs
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