Rohit Sharma cracked an unbeaten 109 off just 60 balls to propel Mumbai Indians to an imposing 182 for one, a total that the Kolkata Knight Riders fall short of by 27 runs.
Harbhajan Singh’s decision to bat looked to have backfired after Sachin Tendulkar was dismissed in the third over for just two. However, Sharma and Herschelle Gibbs shared an unbroken 180-run partnership to set up the huge total. Gibbs scored an aggressive 58-ball 66 but paled in comparison to the whirlwind performance by Sharma who hit 12 fours and five sixes.
Shakibal Hasan was the most economical bowler in the innings as he finished with one for 27 off his quota.
In reply, Kolkata slumped to three for two and failed to recover despite a 79 by Jaques Kallis and a late 31-ball 40 by Yusuf Pathan. Manoj Tiwary chipped in with 27.
Published in The Express Tribune, May 13th, 2012.