New Delhi: On a day of hectic cricket actions, both on and off the field, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Wednesday timed their run chase to perfection against hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Eden Gardens to register their first win of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016 campaign.
Earlier in the day, the ninth season of the cash-rich league T20 league received a jolt from the Bombay High Court, which ordered the organisers of the tournament – the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift all the scheduled matches on or after April 30 from drought-hit Maharashtra.
The verdict left the BCCI, organisers of possibly world’s greatest Twenty20 league, with no option but to move out 13 matches from the parched state in Western Ghats.
The ruling in Mumbai, however, seemed to have no effect on MI’s result in Kolkata as skipper Rohit Sharma played a captain’s innings to chase down a sizeable total of 187 runs. For his unbeaten knock of 84 runs off 54 balls, the 28-year-old was given the man of the match award.
The absence of Sunil Narine seemed to have hampered KKR’s chances against a batting-heavy side.
The visiting team started on a rollicking note with skipper Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel racing to 50 inside first five overs in front of a capacity Eden Gardens stadium. The opening duo reached 50 off 33 balls, but the introduction of ever green Aussie Brad Hogg brought an end to the burgeoning stand.
Patel, who was in place for injured Lendl Simmons, failed to make ground after trying to steal a quick single. It was brilliant fielding from the 45-year-old Hogg, who sprinted, picked-up and released the ball in his return. Robin Uthappa dilodged the bails at the striker’s end.