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IPL 6 as it happened: Mumbai beat KKR with one ball to spare

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SIX! Harbhajan Singh smacks Bhatia the first ball he faces over deep midwicket. That was full and Harbhajan had set himself and swung cleanly.

Rayudu places a full toss over cover for four. MI have won by five wickets with one ball to spare.

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Rajat Bhatia bowling the final over.

OUT! Pollard is gone! Bhatia tries the slower ball which is down legside and Pollard tries to play across the line. The leading edge balloons into the air and Tiwary takes the catch at long-off.

Pollard c Tiwary b Bhatia 33 (24b 2x4 1x6).

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Balaji has managed to avoid the boundary delivery but the batsmen still get eight from the over. Ten needed from the final over.

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SIX! Gambhir brings back Senanayake and Pollard says thank you. Makes room and strikes him over long-on. Not been the Sri Lankan offspinner's night. Ten from the over. MI are 142/4. They need 18 from the final two overs.

Senanayake finishes with 1 for 50 from his four overs.

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Narine into his final over. Gets it a little too straight and Rohit paddles him fine for four.

OUT! Narine gets one to spin sharply and stay a little low. Rohit is unable to adjust and simply chips it back to the bowler. KKR now 132/4 after 17 overs.

Sharma c & b Narine 34 (28b 1x4 2x6).

Narine finishes with figures of 3 for 17. He takes back the Purple Cap.

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Narine slows things down, just four off his over but now he has just one left. Balaji returns. Gives away eight. After 16 overs, MI are 124/3. They need 34 runs from the last four overs. This should be comfortable for them.

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Dropped! Pollard lofts one towards long-off, where McCullum looks to have the ball covered. But at the last minute he twists his body, averts his eyes and throws up his hands as he loses sight of the ball. It sails over his head and goes one bounce for four.

Looks like the light was in McCullum's eyes there.

Eight off the over in the end. After 14, MI are 112/3.

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SIX! Senanayake is getting some rough treatment tonight. Rohit advances down the wicket and swings straight through the line of the ball.

SIX! Rohit comes down the track again. The bowler sees him and tries the bouncer, but Rohit rotates and swings it over square leg and into the crowd. That also brings up Mumbai's 100. 14 from the over.

After 13, MI are 104/3.

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Rajat Bhatia gets his first bowl of the game. He takes the pace off the ball and doesn't give the batsmen much to work with. Just four come from the over.

OUT! Brendon McCullum almost drops a sitter. Smith tries to smack Narine over long-off but skies the ball. McCullum spills the ball but luckily has his knees bent and is able to catch it in his body as he falls backwards to the ground.

Smith c sub (BB McCullum) b Narine 62 (45b 3x4 5x6).

MI are 82/3 after 11 overs.

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SIX! Smith can't stop hitting them. Abdullah is deposited over the sightscreen. 10 from the over. After 9 overs, MI are 75/2.

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Smith is enjoying Senanayake's bowling. Cuts him through the covers for four, slogs him over midwicket for SIX, then picks up a couple to bring up his 50 from 34 balls.

OUT! Karthik has somehow been given leg-before. That looked to be high and possibly going down leg. Karthik was stunned at the decision.

Karthik lbw b Senanayake 7 (6b 1x4 0x6).

MI are 64/2 after 7.5 overs.

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SIX! Smith carts Abdullah over deep midwicket. Karthik then brings up MI's 50 with a single to leg. Nine from the over. After 7, MI are 51/1.

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Senanayake comes on and the Mumbai batsmen say thank you. Smith sweeps him to backward square leg while Karthik cuts him past point. 12 from the over. MI now 42 after 6 overs.

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Narine comes on.

OUT! Narine tosses one up and Tendulkar comes forward but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball, which turns sharply between pad and bat to uproot middle stump.

Tendulkar b Narine 2 (6b 0x4 0x6).

MI are 29/1 after 4.5 overs.

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SIX! Smith has been struggling against Abdullah but the bowler drops one short and he rocks back to pull him over deep midwicket.

SIX! The next one was pitched up but Smith was waiting for it and smacked it over long-on.

A single keeps Smith on strike. 15 from the over. After 4, MI are 28/0.

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After 14 balls, Tendulkar gets the strike and is rapped on the pads. But he is far down the track. No chance of giving that out. A single to midwicket gets him started. Seven from the over. After 3, MI are 13/0.

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We are back. Balaji to start things off for KKR. Tendulkar and Smith are the openers. Smith lofts the bowler over the offside for four off the second delivery and manages a single from the last ball to keep the strike. Five from the over.

Iqbal Abdullah gets the ball at the other end. Gets turn from the first ball. Beats the bat and just shimmies past the offstump. Just one from the over. After 2, MI are 6/0. Tendulkar yet to get the strike.

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Debabrata Das is the new man. Ten comes off Pollard's over, including a chip to long-off for four first ball.

Malinga bowls the final over.

OUT! Tiwary's stumps are splattered. He goes for the slog. Malinga bowls the yorker.

Tiwary b Malinga 33 (24b 2x4 1x6).

KKR are 158/5.

OUT! Two balls later Malinga does the same to Das..

KKR end their innings on 159/6. Just 98 runs came from the last 14 overs. You can see the full scorecard here.

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OUT! Johnson has Morgan with the last ball of the 18th over. Short and Morgan can't time the pull shot. Gets it high on the bat and the ball lobs to Rohit Sharma at midwicket. KKR are 146/4 after 18 overs

Morgan c Sharma b Johnson 31 (25b 4x4 1x6).

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Malinga has a good over going until Morgan cracks his last ball for four through midwicket. Then he hands out some punishment to Johnson too, hitting him six over long-on and then clipping him off his toes for four.

Harbhajan Singh puts in the dive to try and stop it and injures himself in the process. He is lying prone behind the rope and the trainer is out to provide treatment.

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Tiwary takes on Chahal and wins. 13 off the over, including a four to long-on and a straight six. After 16 overs, KKR are 125/3.

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Johnson produces a superb 15th over - just one from it - as KKR have lost their momentum.

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Eoin Morgan has livened things up a bit by reversweeping Harbhajan and Chahal to the third man boundary. KKR's run-rate has dropped below 8 an over as Kallis ate up a chunk of the strike and found it hard to score. After 14 overs, KKR are 111/3.

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OUT! That was coming. Kallis has been trying to pierce the offside field repeatedly but had been failing to find the boundary. He tried once again to hit Ojha inside-out off the back foot, but only found Rohit Sharma in the covers.

Kallis c Sharma b Ojha 37 (38b 4x4 0x6).

KKR are now 92/3 after 11.4 overs, having thrown away their blistering start. They have managed just 32/2 in the last 5.4 overs.

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DROPPED! Tough change though. Kallis goes inside out off Ojha and Johnson almost takes a low diving catch on the boundary. Instead, the ball glances off his fingers and goes for four.

After 10 overs, KKR are 81/2.

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OUT! Gambhir jumps out and tries to smash Ojha over the offside but doesn't get to the pitch of the ball. The ball loops up off the toe of the bat and Harbhajan takes an easy catch at cover.

Gambhir c Harbhajan Singh b Ojha 26 (20b 2x4 1x6).

KKR now 68/2 after 8 overs.

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Pragyan Ojha comes on and Gambhir promptly slog-sweeps him to midwicket boundary. They take seven from the over. Pollard brings a bit of sanity to the proceedings, giving away just four runs. After 7 overs, KKR are 65/1.

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Johnson brings some sanity to proceedings by conceding only four runs from his second over. Kallis brings up KKR's 50 by sending Malinga crashing past backward point. Malinga got his line right the rest of the over though, giving away only two more runs.

After 5 overs, KKR are 54/1.

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Yusuf's dismissal has led to a slow down in scoring, but KKR are still ahead of the curve. Ten came from Johnson's over, with Gambhir playing one particularly sumptuous offdrive through the cordon of fielders. Lasith Malinga was then crunched off the back foot by Kallis and then hooked away for four

After 3 overs, KKR are 46/1.

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Mitchell Johnson to bowl the second over.

OUT! Johnson strikes immediately. Yusuf tries to guide a length ball to the offside but doesn't get close enough and the nick is taken comfortably by Harbhajan at first slip.

Pathan c Harbhajan Singh b Johnson 19 (6b 3x4 1x6).

KKR are 27/1.

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Harbhajan Singh to open the bowling for KKR. Yusuf Pathan and Gautam Gambhir are the openers. Yusuf starts with a glide that just beats first slip but gets to the rope. The next three balls go for 4,4,6. A no-ball follows, from which Yusuf takes a single. Then Gambhir smacked the free hit for 6 too. Dot ball to finish. 26 from the first over.

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The big news at the toss is Rohit Sharma will lead Mumbai Indians tonight. That means no room for Ricky Ponting. Mumbai have made two other changes as well. Ojha and Chahal are in while Munaf and Bhumrah are out. Kolkata have dropped Laxmi Ratan Shukla for Iqbal Abdullah.

Oh, and KKR will bat first after winning the toss.

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The covers have come off. The toss will now take place at 8 pm and the game will start at 8.30 pm. Unless there is more rain, of course.

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Relegated to the bottom half after four defeats, defending champions Kolkata Knight Riders must raise their game as they face another struggling giant Mumbai Indians in second of their three back-to-back home fixtures in the sixth Pepsi IPL here on Wednesday.

Both the teams find themselves on the same side of the fence having lost their last two matches respectively. But a cracker of contest is on offer especially given that it would be Mumbai Indians` veteran Sachin Tendulkar`s 40th birthday.

With the seniormost batsman showing glimpses of his class in his 47-ball 54 against Delhi Daredevils, the boisterous Eden crowd, which has been cheering for the Knight Riders so far, is set for a division of loyalty.

Can Tendulkar script a win for Mumbai Indians on his 40th birthday? BCCI

Can Tendulkar script a win for Mumbai Indians on his 40th birthday? BCCI

After back-to-back losses to Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings, Knight Riders` title defence is in danger as they have slipped to seventh with four points and are struggling to make the top four.

In pursuit of the elusive title, Mumbai Indians (6 points) are no better as they lie sixth after their defeats to Rajasthan Royals and Daredevils.

If the Knight Riders are struggling with their batting, the letdown for Mumbai has been their bowlers who failed to defend 162 the other day, handing Daredevils their first victory after six losses and thus allowing Virender Sehwag to explode back to form.

For the big spending Mumbai Indians, the real problem is that they are yet to get a settled side, even as they boast of a stars on paper. By making Ricky Ponting the skipper, they sometimes find themselves in quandary given the four-foreigner rule.

At times, Ponting looks like a liability quite similar to Adam Gilchrist for KXIP.

By his own standards, the Aussie great`s last five outings (in ascending order) read a miserable: 4, 14, 0, 6 and 28, the last against Royal Challengers Bangalore being his highest so far.

It is wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik (256 at 42.66) and the `classy` Rohit Sharma (230 at 57.50) who have been the two pillars of their batting and are placed fourth and fifth in the leading run-getters` list.

Tendulkar`s return to form against Daredevils might just augur well as they would look to down the struggling Knight Riders.

Bowling has been a big letdown for the Mumbai outfit as the pace trio of Lasith Malinga, Munaf Patel and Jasprit Bumrah look pedestrians.

Squads:

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Yusuf Pathan, Jacques Kallis, Eoin Morgan, Manoj Tiwary, Debabrata Das (wk), Rajat Bhatia, Laxmi Ratan Shukla, Sachithra Senanayake, Sunil Narine and Laxmipathy Balaji, Sarabjit Ladda, Brad Haddin, Iqbal Abdulla, Brett Lee, Brendon McCullum, Ryan McLaren, Pradeep Sangwan, Mohamamd Shami Ahmed, Manvinder Bisla and Ryan ten Doeschate.

Mumbai Indians: Ricky Ponting (c), Sachin Tendulkar, Dwayne Smith, Dinesh Karthik, Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, Jasprit Bumrah, Munaf Patel, Lasith Malinga, Abu Nechim, Akshar Patel, Aditya Tare, Aiden Blizzard, Amitoze Singh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Glenn Maxwell, Jacob Oram, Javed Khan, Jalaj Saxena, James Franklin, Mitchell Johnson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Phil Hughes, Pawan Suyal, Pragyan Ojha, Rishi Dhawan, Suryakumar Yadav, Sushant Marathe and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Preview courtesy PTI

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