Mumbai beat Kolkata by 7 wkts

NEW DELHI: Chris Gayle (75) slammed maiden IPL fifty to help Kolkata Knight Riders post 155/3 against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League encounter at Brabourne stadium, Mumbai on Monday.

Chris Gayle hit seven fours and two sixes in his 60 balls inning. Gayle completed his maiden fifty in 47 balls.

After Ganguly’s departure, Gayle put on another solid partnership of 82 runs for the second wicket with Owais Shah (31) to help Knight Riders post 156-run target for Mumbai Indians.

Owais Shah slammed three fours to score a 23-ball 31 for the Knight Riders.

Skipper Sourav Ganguly (31) was first to go for Knight Riders after he put up a solid 70-run opening partnership with Chris Gayle.

Ganguly hit five fours in his 34-ball knock before being clean bowled by former international teammate Harbhajan Singh in the 11th over.

Ganguly started his innings with a bang as he hit medium pacer Ryan McLaren for three consecutive fours in the third over of the match.

Earlier, Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly won the toss and decided to bat against Mumbai at Brabourne stadium.

Their winning streaks snapped, hosts Mumbai as well as visitors Kolkata would be anxious to regain that momentum as they clash in the 17th IPL match.

Sachin Tendulkar-led MI, after starting off their campaign in great style by winning the opening two ties, came a cropper at the Brabourne Stadium last night against a highly-disciplined effort by Anil Kumble’s Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Sourav Ganguly-captained KKR too began their campaign after two largely unsuccessful editions by fashioning upset away victories against defending champions Deccan Chargers and runners-up RCB before losing the next two ties.

These two charismatic captains, who have rubbed shoulders over more than a decade and a half for India, would be anxious to rediscover the magic potion for their teams to cut the losing streak before it spoils their campaign.

Teams:

Mumbai Indians: Sachin Tendulkar (capt), Dwayne Bravo, Shikhar Dhawan, Harbhajan Singh, Zaheer Khan, Ryan McLaren, Lasith Malinga, Kieron Pollard, Rajagopal Sathish, Aditya Tare (wk), Saurabh Tiwary.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sourav Ganguly (capt), Chris Gayle, Shane Bond, Murali Kartik, Angelo Mathews, Cheteshwar Pujara, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Owais Shah, Ishant Sharma, Harpreet Singh, Mandeep Singh.

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