The Mumbai Indians added to John Buchanan’s misery as they beat the Knight Riders by 9 runs in East London.
The Kolkata Knight Riders put on a much-improved performance with the ball to prevent a repeat of the hammering they received when the teams met earlier this week, but in the end it was not enough as they remain bottom of the table with just one win.
The Indians were in a spot of bother at 54-3 but thanks to a late assault from JP Duminy (52*) they managed to post a defendable albeit hardly intimidating total of 148-6.
The Knight Riders would have fancied their chances of recording just their second win of this year’s IPL, but some good death bowling from Lasith Malinga and Zaheer Khan in particular sealed the result for Sachin Tendulkar’s men.
Khan made two earlier breakthroughs for the Indians, removing Sourav Ganguly and then Chris Gayle in his last game for Kolkata before joining the West Indies squad in England.
The pair of Brad Hodge and Morne van Wyk set about rebuilding the Knight Riders’ innings with an 89-run partnership, but when Van Wyk perished it was going to take something special to stop the Knight Riders from slumping to their sixth defeat of the 2009 IPL and in the end it never came as the Indians claimed their third win.
Mumbai – 148-6 (20 overs)
Sachin Tendulkar 34, JP Duminy 52*, Chris Gayle 1-21.
Kolkata – 139-6 (20 overs)
Brad Hodge 73, Morne van Wyk 32, Zaheer Khan 3-31.
Mumbai won by 9 runs