Kolkata:Mumbai Indians finally won a game, in their fifth try in the Indian Premier League, with their international pros scripting the second loss for Kolkata Knight Riders.
Their captain Shaun Pollock began the match with a dream over, getting Kolkata captain Sourav Ganguly and the dangerous Brendon McCullum. In the middle stages, Sanath Jayasuriya produced the best figures of the tournament - 3-14 - to restrict Kolkata to 137-8.
With Mumbai faltering again at 25-3, Dwayne Bravo and Robin Uthappa forged a winning partnership that took them home by seven wickets.
It was a hugely improved performance from Mumbai, who lost four games before this. A loss here could have meant the end of the road for them.
Kolkata, on a three-match winning streak, opted to bat on a wicket that threatened to produce a low-scorer. That is how it turned out.
Kolkata, with their top order blown away by Pollock and Jayasuriya, were at 6-77 in the 14th over and the game was headed just one way afterwards.
It took Kolkata a red-hot 40 from 22 balls from Laxmi Ratan Shukla to reach a respectable score - but one that was way below par going by the scores in the IPL.
Ishant Sharma briefly bowled a hostile spell to show why he's been fussed over so much. Having being slapped for a six over point by Jayasuriya, he got the ball to seam around across the left-hander, and finally got him with a screaming in-cutter that sent the stumps cartwheeling.
After Manish Pandey played on to Ashok Dinda, Bravo and Uthappa dropped anchor and survived the hard spells.