Match : Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders, match 58 of IPL 2012.
Venue/Date : Eden Gardens in Kolkata, 12th May 2012.
IPL Debut : none.
Toss : Mumbai, elected to bat.
Result : Mumbai won by 27 runs.
Man of the match : Rohit Sharma.
Umpires : S Ravi (India) + Simon Taufel (Australia) with Johan Cloete (3rd umpire, from South Africa).
Head to head9th Mumbai Indians v Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match it was and now, Mumbai have won 8 while Kolkata are behind with just 1 win.
Match summaryTalent in Rohit Sharma is undeniable but how often, or consistently, do we see this right hander convert it into match winning innings? Today at Eden Gardens, Rohit silenced home crowd and home team Kolkata fair and square, smashing his maiden IPL century, the 4th of the season overall.
Electing to bat first, Mumbai lost star Sachin Tendulkar as early as in 3rd over as he tried to loft smart Shakib Al Hasan with the new ball but Rohit Sharma soaked up all the pressure and built up a beautiful innings in association with Herschelle Gibbs who was playing his first game of the season and hence didn't show his full arsenals.
Kolkata were never in hunt, specially after losing both openers in first 8 balls of the innings. Jacques Kallis and Manoj Tiwary collected 57 runs from 50 balls while Yusuf Pathan accelerated towards the end but asking rate had already blown out of proportions.
Highest partnerships in IPL : Rohit Sharma + Herschelle Gibbs' 167 is now new 3rd highest stand in tournament history.