Kolkata began on an edgy note and Mumbai finished on an equally edgy note as well. It was Mumbai Indians however who edged ahead to book a place in the virtual semi-final of IPL 4 against Bangalore. A look. (AFP images)
Munaf Patel struck the first blow of the day after his team opted to field. He removed Jacques Kallis in the second over and returned to remove Shreevats Goswami.
The top-order was evidently destroyed when Harbhajan came in to get rid of skipper Gautam Gambhir to reduce Kolkata to 15 for 3.
It was not until Ryan ten Doeschate that the visitors looked to have any teeth. The Dutch slammed his way to an unbeaten 70 in 49 deliveries.
He was given good support in the middle-order by Yusuf Pathan who slammed 3 boundaries in his 24-ball 26.
Shakib Al Hasan too played a useful knock worth 26 runs off 16 balls with four boundaries to take Kolkata to 147 runs in the allotted overs.
The Mumbai openers gave the hosts the perfect start once the chase began with Sachin Tendulkar knocking the ball around with his usual class and confidence.
Aiden Blizzard was the highlight however as he raced to his fifty in 30 deliveries with two sixes and seven boundaries.
The duo had already put on 81 runs on the board for the opening wicket when Blizzard was removed by Brett Lee.
Rohit Sharma was run-out soon after and Jacques Kallis managed to send Tendulkar back to the dug-out.
Shakib Al Hasan (left) too chipped in with two wickets eventually but Gambhir's pain was just beginning with James Franklin still to come.
The Kiwi walked in to smash his way past the fielders and remained unbeaten on 29 off 25 balls to take his team through.
Mumbai Indians registered the win with four balls to spare and 4 wickets in hand to stay alive in the tournament.
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|2||chennai super kings||14||9||5||18|
|4||kolkata knight riders||14||8||6||16|
|5||kings xi punjab||14||7||7||14|
|8||kochi tuskers kerala||14||6||8||12|
|9||pune warriors india||14||4||9||9|
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