Bravo, Uthappa take Mumbai home

Mumbai Indians register their first win in the IPL, beating Kolkata Knight Riders by seven wickets at the Eden Gardens.

updated: May 13, 2008 12:45 IST
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Mumbai Indians finally won a game, in their fifth try in the Indian Premier League, with their international pros scripting the second loss for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Their captain Shaun Pollock began the match with a dream over, getting Kolkata captain Sourav Ganguly and the dangerous Brendon McCullum. In the middle stages, Sanath Jayasuriya produced the best figures of the tournament - 3-14 - to restrict Kolkata to 137-8.

With Mumbai faltering again at 25-3, Dwayne Bravo and Robin Uthappa forged a winning partnership that took them home by seven wickets.

It was a hugely improved performance from Mumbai, who lost four games before this. A loss here could have meant the end of the road for them.

Kolkata, on a three-match winning streak, opted to bat on a wicket that threatened to produce a low-scorer. That is how it turned out.

Kolkata, with their top order blown away by Pollock and Jayasuriya, were at 6-77 in the 14th over and the game was headed just one way afterwards.

It took Kolkata a red-hot 40 from 22 balls from Laxmi Ratan Shukla to reach a respectable score - but one that was way below par going by the scores in the IPL.

Ishant Sharma briefly bowled a hostile spell to show why he's been fussed over so much. Having being slapped for a six over point by Jayasuriya, he got the ball to seam around across the left-hander, and finally got him with a screaming in-cutter that sent the stumps cartwheeling.

After Manish Pandey played on to Ashok Dinda, Bravo and Uthappa dropped anchor and survived the hard spells.