Cuttack: Defending champion Mumbai slipped to another defeat, against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Wednesday to find themselves in danger of missing out on the Playoffs berth. Batting first, they made a mere 141 for 5 in the stipulated overs. KKR surpassed the target with six wickets and eight balls to spare.
Earlier, skipper Rohit Sharma struck a fine half-century. In his 45-ball 51-run knock, Rohit struck two sixes and four boundaries to help his team to a modest total after it struggled to force the pace for a major part of the innings at the Barabati Stadium. Sunil Narine bowled a very economical final over, conceding just four runs besides dismissing Rohit.
Sent into bat, Mumbai Indians lost their openers within the first five overs, with Morne Morkel and Shakib Al Hasan accounting for C.M. Gautam and Lendl Simmons respectively. Struggling against the pace of Morkel, Gautam charged down the track but failed to clear cover where Suryakumar Yadav took the catch.
Mumbai Indians: L. Simmons b Shakib 12, C.M. Gautam c Yadav b Morkel 8, A. Rayudu c Yadav b Chawla 33, Rohit Sharma b Narine 51, C. Anderson c Chawla b Morkel 18, K. Pollard (not out) 10, A. Tare (not out) 2. Extras (lb1, w5, nb1) 7. Total (for five wickets in 20 overs) 141.
FoW: 1-12, 2-35, 3-70, 4-115, 5-138.
Bowling: Morkel 4-0-35-2, Yadav 3-0-24-0, Shakib 4-0-21-1, Narine 4-0-18-1, Chawla 4-0-32-1, Pathan 1-0-10-0.
Kolkata Knight Riders: R. Uthappa b Simmons 80, G. Gambhir b Harbhajan Singh 14, M. Pandey b Harbhajan Singh 14, Y. Pathan (not out) 20, Shakib Al Hasan c Rayudu b Malinga 9, R. ten Doeschate (not out) 0. Extras (lb-1, w-4) 5. Total (4 wkts in 18.4 overs) 142.
Fow: 1-50, 2-96, 3-116, 4-138.
Bowling: Malinga 3.4-0-30-1, Bumrah 3-0-23-0, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-22-2, Ojha 4-0-25-0, Simmons 3-0-34-1, Pollard 1-0-7-0.