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Mumbai edge Kolkata on a day for bowlers

Trent Boult defended 15 runs in the final over before Rahul Chahar halted Kolkata Knight Riders innings as Mumbai Indians won their first match in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday with a slim 10-run win.

At the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Kolkata were 72 without loss in chase of Mumbai’s 152 all out.

Chahar triggered the collapse picking up four Kolkata wickets before Boult removed Kolkata’s ace finisher Andre Russell (nine) with a caught behind and bowled Pat Cummins to restrict the opponents to 142-7.

While Boult conceded just four runs in the last over, Mumbai death bowlers gave away just 13 runs in the last three overs.

Kolkata had the game in their hand when Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill collected 72 runs inside the first nine overs for the first wicket before spinner Chahar brought the defending champions back to the game.

Chahar remove both Rana and Gill apart from Rahul Tripathi (five) and skipper Eoin Morgan (seven) as Kolkata caved in. Rana made 57 off 47 with six fours and two sixes, while Gill scored 33 off 24 with four hits to the fence.

Mumba also rode on two big scores and Surya Kumar Yadav was their leading scorer making 56 off 37 with seven fours and two sixes. He shared 75 runs for the second wicket with captain Rohit Sharma before Russle produced one of the best figures in tournament history.

Russell took five wickets in just two overs conceding 15 runs to stem the Mumbai run flow. Rohit was bowled for a 32-ball 43 after hitting three fours and a six. Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal made 15 runs each.

Cummins took 2-24 from four overs. Krunal had also bowled desicive spell for Mumbai returning miserly figures of 1-13 from four overs. Boult took 2-27 from his four-over spell.

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