Mumbai Indians beat Knight Riders by 5 wickets

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Mumbai Indians beat Knight Riders by 5 wickets

An incredible last over slog that fetched 23 runs,including a mighty six off the ultimate delivery, propelled Mumbai Indiansto a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders and a third place finishin the points table of the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.

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Published: Sun 22 May 2011, 8:36 PM

Last updated: Tue 7 Apr 2015, 2:10 AM

The Knights finished fourth and the two sides will again meet in thesecond play-off in Mumbai. Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai SuperKings will clash in the first play-off, having taken the first two
positions in the table.

Needing 21 off the last over, the Mumbai Indians were on a roll as JamesFranklin (45 not out of 23 balls, 5x4, 1x6) clobbered a hapless LaxmipathyBalaji for four consecutive boundaries - three of them edges - and thentook a single. A four was required off the final ball, but the experiencedAmbati Rayudu (17 not out off six balls, 2x6) hoisted a full toss to thesquare-leg stands to seal the match with a six - a la Javed Miandad in theAustral-Asia Cup 25 years ago. The bowler at the receiving end in 1986
was India’s Chetan Sharma.

In the end, Mumbai Indians finished at 178/5 in reply to the 175/7 amassedby the Knights.

Sachin Tendulkar (38) and Harbajan Singh (30) were the other principalscorers for the winners.

The Knights seemed in control of the proceedings till the end of the 15thover. The Mumbai Indians were then 110/4, with 66 needed off five overs,and the asking rate having mounted to over 13.

But things changed fast, as Franklin - later adjudged Man of the Matchhaving picked up two wickets also - and Kieron Pollard (18 off 22 balls)picked up the gauntlet. After Balaji saw the back of Pollard, Franklin andRayudu plundered 41 runs off 15 balls to turn the script upside down.

Among the KKR bowlers, Rajat Bhatia got three wickets.Earlier, put in to bat, the Knights were wellserved by Jacques Kallis, whotop-scored with 59 off 42 balls. The South African was the common factorin the two partnerships - 45 for the third wicket with Manoj Tiwary and 57for the fourth with Yusuf Paathan - that built the innings. Pathan cracked36 off 27 balls and Manoj Tiwary 35 off 22.

For Mumbai Indians, Abu Nechim and James Franklin picked up two wickets each.



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