Three hours before the scheduled toss time, Kolkata was hit by a heavy thunderstorm accompanied by a gusty wind. It relented for a while in between but with an hour to go for toss, there was steady rain once again. The entire ground was under covers ensuring that a delay was inevitable. The intensity of the shower even raised thoughts of a washout. None of it though had done anything to dim the spirits of the people coming in. They were milling around and filled the stands up, waiting for rain to clear soon. As soon as it relented, there was little time wasted in getting the game underway. A near full house and a loudly vocal weekend crowd wasn't left disappointed as the home team bid for a place in the play-offs.
Lendl Simmons was lucky not to have been LBW for a golden duck. Struck full by an inswinger from Trent Boult, the batsman was caught plumb in front but the umpire saw otherwise. It was another addition to the long list of costly umpiring faults this season. The umpire have denied Boult in the first over but such is the nature of this format that another opportunity was just around the corner. Boult did well to keep building the pressure and soon enough, Simmons spooned a catch to mid off. Gone for a duck. No damage done, to the score or the umpire's guilt.
"We want to test our bench strength", said Rohit Sharma after the toss. So Mumbai Indians went in with six changes. In came Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Vinay Kumar, Ambati Rayudu, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson. Much to MI's delight, each had something to take out of the game despite some srcatchiness. Saurabh Tiwary and Ambati Rayudu scored fifties. Tim Southee struck in the first over of the innings to get Narine and came back to bowl a tight 19th over despite conceding a few before that. Mitchell Johnson bounced out Gambhir, Vinay Kumar bagged the dangerous and important wicket of Chris Lynn, and later Yusuf Pathan. Krunal Pandya had little to do with bat or ball, but didn't fare poorly. Needless to say, Mumbai Indians would be pretty satisfied with the results of this experiment.