Duminy, Zaheer script Mumbai win

EAST LONDON:Jean-Paul Duminy struck an unbeaten half-century to set up Mumbai Indians’ fine nine-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League here today.

Duminy smashed four sixes and a four in his sparkling 37-ball 52 to lift Mumbai to 148-6 after they were tottering at 96-5. Left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan (3-31) then removed Sourav Ganguly for a first-ball duck and Chris Gayle for seven in his first two overs as Mumbai registered their third win.

Kolkata took the fight to the opposition camp though with Australian Brad Hodge scoring 73 under pressure and taking his side within sniffing distance of an elusive win. But Hodge, who hit five fours and three sixes in his 60-ball innings and also shared an 89-run stand with Morne van Wyk (32), was run out in the penultimate over. With Lasith Malinga bowling two tight overs at the death, Kolkata ran out of steam, finishing at 139-6.

Duminy earlier struck his second successive half-century to boost Mumbai Indians’ total after the side had lost star openers Sanath Jayasuriya (six) and Sachin Tendulkar inside eight overs.

Tendulkar contributed a useful 34 runs inclusive of three fours and two sixes off 30 balls before perishing to a low full toss from medium pacer Ajit Agarkar.

On Thursday, A confused Suresh Raina’s near-century paved the way for the Chennai Super Kings’ victory over Rajasthan Royals. Raina made 98 in guiding his team to 164-5. He reached his half-century from only 26 deliveries and thought he had reached a ton off 55 balls in the final over — the result of a mistake displayed on the stadium scoreboard.

In fact, Raina was only on 98 when he lifted his bat in celebration. He went big off the next ball — the third-last of the innings — but was caught by Proteas skipper Graeme Smith in the deep and must have been seething when he got back to the dressing room.

Rajasthan were dismissed for 126 runs with seamer Lakshmipathy Balaji returning a magnificent 4-21 as Chennai secured a comfortable 38-run win. Kamran Khan, who injured himself bowling, did not bat. The Chennai bowlers combined superbly, with South African Albie Morkel and New Zealander Jacob Oram picking up two wickets each.

Middle-order batsman Ravindra Jadeja put up a fight for the defending champions with a defiant 37 off 33 balls, but received little support as Chennai took a morale-boosting victory.

Earlier, Rajasthan spinner Yusuf Pathan, who took 2-17, had done a tremendous job with the new ball, removing Chennai openers Matthew Hayden and Parthiv Patel cheaply. But Raina and Subraniam Badrinath put on 64 runs for the third wicket to steady the ship.

Badrinath was lured out of his crease by Rajasthan skipper Shane Warne and was stumped by Mahesh Rawat for 29 off 27 balls, but 22-year-old Raina stuck around to anchor the innings.