Indian Premier League 2015: Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians, 1st T20 at Kolkata, 08 Apr, 2015
Match Teams: Kolkata Knight Riders Vs Mumbai Indians
Match Venue: Played at Eden Gardens
Match scheduled to begin at 20:00 local time (14:30 GMT; 08:00 PM IST)
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders, who chose to field first
Mumbai Indians: 168/3(20 ov)
Kolkata Knight Riders: 170/3(18.3 ov)
Result: Kolkata Knight Riders won by 7 wickets
Recent Matches results
Kolkata Knight Riders: LW W W W W
Mumbai Indians: L W L L W
pitch report: By a opinion of a cricket specialists a Kolkata wicket can be support for a batting predominantly and a few support for bowlers on a floor.
Preview:Defending champions v former champions makes for good billing. Being the season opener entices its share of audience. A dash of chequered recent history and both Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians have points to prove.
Sunil Narine, the Knight Riders' spinners boast the best average (20.86), economy rate (6.5) and strike-rate (19.2) in the IPL. A T20 captain's dream, they rip through the overs, leaving batsmen in a daze and the scoreboard stagnant. A "fresh pitch," according to Gambhir and evening rains in the lead-up to the opening match can limit the amount of purchase available. So how can Mumbai combat the spin strangle? That vast thinktank would look to Rohit Sharma to provide an answer. He is arguably their most versatile player and his ability to soak pressure and beat it was on show when he struck a century against Bangladesh in the World Cup quarter-final. He does it with greater frequency in IPL as he showed in the 2013 season when he took over captaincy and won Mumbai their only IPL title.
Mumbai have won 10 out of 14 matches between the two sides so far. Although Knight Riders have come out top in their last two encounters.
Knight Riders have never held the purple cap, although they do have a player in the squad who had won it for a different team - Morne Morkel for Delhi Daredevils in 2012