Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by nine runs to seal top spot in IPL 2017. For KKR, they are also through to the play-offs but can’t finish in the top two. They’ll head to Bengaluru to play the eliminator. Catch full cricket score of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians here. (SCORE) (STREAMING INFO)
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Ambati Rayudu (Man of the Match): “It was tough wait after the injury. The team was doing well, so I had to sit out. The wicket was sticky today, we knew if we get close to 180 we can win the game. It’s really tough to keep after four years. Honestly I don’t enjoy it but I’m happy to do the job with the team.”
Rohit Sharma: “We spoke of finishing on a high. We wanted to play the brand of cricket we spoke about. Very happy. Today proved we have a great bench strength. It can be frustrating to sit out, but all of them have been proven match winners. This was the perfect example of playing a perfect game. They were going at 10 an over but we kept picking wickets.”
Gautam Gambhir: “With the kind of wicket this was, this was chaseable. Had one of the batsmen batted till the end, we would’ve got there. Just irresponsible shots, batsmen were trying to throw their bats at everything. I thought to restrict them to 174 was an unbelievable effort. I thought we were trying to chase this down on 10-12 overs. We were a batsman short.”
00:05 hrs IST: Single but it doesn’t matter. MI beat KKR by 9 runs to seal the top spot.
00:03 hrs IST: Three dot balls in a row from Hardik. It’s all over for KKR. Need 11 off 1.
00:01 hrs IST: Boult hits it towards long-on for a double. KKR need 11 off 4.
23:59 hrs IST: Short delivery from Hardik, Umesh looks to pulls it hard but mistimes and gets only a single. KKR need 13 off 5.
23:58 hrs IST: Hardik to bowl the final over.
23:57 hrs IST: Consecutive dot balls. Southee ends with 2/39 and a maiden. KKR need 14 off 6.
23:55 hrs IST: Double for Boult. KKR need 14 off 8.
23:53 hrs IST: OUT! Kuldeep c Rayudu b Southee 16(15). KKR need 16 off 9 .
23:50 hrs IST: Singles won’t do it for KKR. Four runs and a wicket off Hardik Pandya’s third over. KKR need 21 off 12.
23:46 hrs IST: WICKET! Hardik strikes again. Pandey, the recognized batsman for KKR, departs for 33(33).
23:45 hrs IST: Poor over from Southee. 14 runs off it. KKR need 25 off 18.
23:42 hrs IST: FOUR! Bad delivery from Southee. Straying down leg, Pandey uses his wrists well and times it to fine leg boundary.
23:40 hrs IST: Southee again
23:37 hrs IST: Just nine runs off the last 18 balls. KKR need 39 off 24. It’s getting tough for the hosts.
23:33 hrs IST: Another great over for MI. This time it’s Hardik. Three runs and a wicket. KKR need 43 off 30.
23:30 hrs IST: OUT! de Grandhomme b Hardik 29(16). Sigh of relief for Rohit Sharma.
23:28 hrs IST: Magnificent over from Johnson. Just two runs off it. Experience coming into play. KKR need 46 off 36.
23:25 hrs IST: KKR 126/5, need 48 off 48. De Grandhomme finding the boundaries regularly
23:22 hrs IST: SIX! Short delivery from Hardik and de Grandhomme smashes it into deep mid-wicket stands.
23:20 hrs IST: de Grandhomme moves into 20s in no time. KKR need 59 off 48. Very much gettable.
STAT ATTACK - 12: Number of consecutive successful chases for KKR at the Eden Gardens.
23:15 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries from de Grandhomme. Just what KKR need at this stage.
23:12 hrs IST: KKR need a special innings from Pandey here.
23:09 hrs IST: Krunal Pandya now.
23:07 hrs IST: OUT! Yusuf Pathan falls for 20 and Vinay Kumar gets his 2nd wicket. KKR 87/5, need 87 off 66
23:03 hrs IST: Vinay to continue.
23:00 hrs IST: Consecutive sixes from Pathan. Expensive over from Karn. 17 runs off it. KKR are 80/4 after 8 overs. Strategic time-out.
22:56 hrs IST: SIX! Too short from Karn, Pandey rocks back and hammers it in the gap between deep square leg and deep mid-wicket boundary.
22:52 hrs IST: WICKET! Big blow for KKR. Lynn departs for 26(14). First wicket of the night for R Vinay Kumar.
22:49 hrs IST: OUT! Uthappa c Rohit b Karn 2(4). KKR are 53/3 after 6 overs
22:45 hrs IST: Two boundaries in a row from Lynn. As good as it gets. KKR are 49/2 after 5 overs.
22:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Gambhir c Karn b Johnson 21(16)
22:39 hrs IST: Good over from Karn. Just five runs off it. KKR are 35/1 after 4 overs.
22:36 hrs IST: ‘LynnSanity’. Moves to 16 off just 7 balls with two sixes and a four. KKR are 30/1 after 3 overs.
22:35 hrs IST: Earlier, the Eden Gardens had a surprise visitor in the name of Javier Ceppi - 2017 U-17 World Cup director . The Chilean was perhaps the only one not interested in the goings-on of the T20 match between Mumbai Indians and the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Ceppi was part of a delegation that was observing match day arrangements at Eden. He said this was an important match in the IPL which anyway sets high standards and his team was here to observe. This was the first IPL match the Delhi-based Ceppi has been to, he said. Even on Friday, there were visitors at Eden from the under-17 World Cup team.
22:32 hrs IST: SIX! Stand and deliver. Fuller length from Southee and Lynn lofts it over for long-on for maximum.
22:30 hrs IST: Two boundaries for Gambhir. KKR are 11/1 after 2 overs.
22:26 hrs IST: Mitchell Johnson to share the new ball with Southee.
22:25 hrs IST: A rare maiden over. ‘Super Southee’. KKR are 0/1 after first over.
22:24 hrs IST: OUT! Narine c Hardik b Southee 0(4)
22:22 hrs IST: Narine to take strike. Southee to bowl the first over for MI.
22:21 hrs IST: Welcome back!
22:08 hrs IST: Magnificent from Boult. Just five runs off his last over. Ends with 2/30. MI finish on 173/5. We’ll back in a short while.
22:04 hrs IST: Boult again
22:03 hrs IST: Eleven runs off the over. MI are 168/3 after 19 overs.
22:01 hrs IST: WICKET! Rayudu st Uthappa b Kuldeep 63(36). It’s never easy to play such kind of an innings when you comeback from a long injury layoff.
22:00 hrs IST: So far so good. Five runs off the first three balls.
21:58 hrs IST: Kuldeep to bowl the penultimate over. Gutsy move from Gambhir.
21:56 hrs IST: Costly over from Boult. 18 runs off it. Could change the course of the game. MI are 157/3 after 18 overs.
21:54 hrs IST: SIX! And that’s fifty for Rayudu. His 14th in IPL. What an innings!
21:51 hrs IST: Nine runs off Narine’s last over. Ends with figures of 0/37. MI are 139/3 after 17 overs. Can they get past 180?
21:48 hrs IST: WICKET! Tiwary run out 52(43). MI are 130/0 after 16 overs.
21:46 hrs IST: SIX! Short ball from Umesh, Rayudu comes on the frontfoot and creams it over square leg for a maximum.
21:44 hrs IST: FOUR! That brings up the 50-run partnership between Tiwary and Rayudu.
21:42 hrs IST: Consecutive boundaries for Tiwary and that’s fifty for Tiwary (off 42 balls). His 7th in IPL. MI are 118/2 after 15 overs.
21:39 hrs IST: MI are 105/2 after 14 overs. Tiwary 23*, Rayudu 20*
21:36 hrs IST: Before this, Tiwary played an IPL game last year (for RPS) against KXIP.
21:34 hrs IST: FOUR! Short and wide from Umesh and Tiwary slashes it past the point fielder. Much-needed boundary. Moves into 40s.
21:31 hrs IST: 13 runs off the last two overs. MI are 99/2 after 13 overs. They need to accelerate.
21:26 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is now the third Indian and 15th player overall to appear in 250 or more matches in Twenty-20 cricket.
21:23 hrs IST:Tiwary needs to keep the good work going. Another around 185 would be a good total. MI are 86/2 after 11 overs.
21:21 hrs IST: Brilliant from Tiwary. Length delivery from Rajpoot and he swings it straight down the ground for one bounce four.
21:19 hrs IST: Another good over for KKR. Seven runs off it. Was Kuldeep’s second. MI are 79/2 after 10 overs.
21:15 hrs IST: Excellent start from Rajpoot. Four runs and a wicket. MI are 72/2 after 9 overs.
21:13 hrs IST: Rayudu comes out to bat at No.4
21:11 hrs IST: WICKET! Rajpoot gets a big one. Rohit departs for a steady 27. MI are 69/2 after 8.2 overs. It’s time-out.
21:08 hrs IST: Ankit Rajpoot comes in for his first over.
21:07 hrs IST: FOUR! Flighted delivery from Kuldeep, Rohit gets down on one knee and sweeps it in the gap between deep mid-wicket and deep backward square leg boundary. MI are 68/1 after 8 overs.
21:04 hrs IST: Six runs off the over. MI are 57/1 after 7 overs.
21:03 hrs IST: Not to forget, it’s a happy hunting ground for the Hit-Man. 264. Who can forget that!
21:01 hrs IST: FOUR! Short delivery from de Grandhomme and Rohit works it past the fielder at short fine-leg for his third boundary. Moves into 20s.
20:58 hrs IST: SIX! Length ball from Umesh, Rohit gets into position early and launches it into deep mid-wicket stands. MI are 51/1 after 6 overs.
20:57 hrs IST: Slight stoppage. Tiwary calls for change in gloves.
20:55 hrs IST: Seven runs off Narine’s first over. MI are 39/1 after 5 overs.
20:54 hrs IST: FOUR! Fullish delivery from Narine and Rohit sweeps it to deep backward square leg boundary.
20:51 hrs IST: Narine now
20:50 hrs IST: Expensive start from Umesh. Concedes three boundaries. MI are 32/1 after 4 overs.
20:47 hrs IST: Here comes the first change in bowling - Umesh Yadav
20:45 hrs IST: FOUR! Good length delivery from Boult, outside off, Tiwary hits it over the cover fielder (once bounce) . Moves into double figures. MI are 18/1 after 3 overs.
20:43 hrs IST: Rohit Sharma is the next man in for MI.
20:42 hrs IST: WICKET! Just what was predicted a few minutes back. Boult gets rid of the dangerous Simmons for a duck.
20:40 hrs IST: Boult to continue
20:39 hrs IST: Dot ball to finish off from de Grandhomme. MI are 12/0 after 2 overs.
20:37 hrs IST: FOUR! Touch short from de Grandhomme, Tiwary goes back and helps it to extra cover for his first boundary.
20:36 hrs IST: Colin de Grandhomme comes into the attack.
20:35 hrs IST: Tidy start from Boult. Giving no room to both openers to free their arms. MI are 2/0 after first over.
20:34 hrs IST: Get a feeling Boult’s four overs are going to be the key here.
20:32 hrs IST: Tiwary off the mark. Outswinger from Boult, he gets a thick outside edge towards wide third-man region.
20:31 hrs IST: Straightaway some shape for the New Zealander.
20:30 hrs IST: Time for live action. Simmons has a new opening partner tonight - in the name of Saurabh Tiwary. Boult to start the proceedings for KKR.
20:22 hrs IST: Here are the playing XI of both teams:
MI: Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma(c), Ambati Rayudu(wk), Kieron Pollard, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Karn Sharma, Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee, Mitchell Johnson
KKR: Sunil Narine, Chris Lynn, Gautam Gambhir(c), Robin Uthappa(wk), Manish Pandey, Colin de Grandhomme, Yusuf Pathan, Umesh Yadav, Trent Boult, Kuldeep Yadav, Ankit Rajpoot
20:15 hrs IST: Just one change for KKR. Trent Boult comes in for Chris Woakes, who is out with an ankle niggle. On the other hand, MI have made five changes.
20:11 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders have won the toss and have chosen to field.
20:01 hrs IST: Good news. Toss in 10 minutes, start at 20:30 hrs. No overs reduced.
19:56 hrs IST: Meanwhile, this Australian legend has spoken about India’s chances of defending their Champions Trophy crown. A big prediction indeed!
19:45 hrs IST: The stumps are being put in place. Some good news is on the way.
19:39 hrs IST: Since the entire outfield is covered, once the rain stops, the resumption might happen soon.
19:33 hrs IST: The rain has stopped and the covers are coming off. It will not be long before the toss happens. However, the forecast for the rest of the evening is not too promising with reports of steady rain.
19:31 hrs IST: Bad news coming from the Eden Gardens. There is a persistent drizzle at the moment and play might not start on time. The covers are firmly in place.
19:29 hrs IST: Sunrisers Hyderabad have become the second team to seal their spot in the play-offs. The equation is simple. A win for Kolkata Knight Riders assures them off a top-two finish. A loss will keep them in the third or fourth spot.
Kolkata Knight Riders are facing frustrating times. They failed to seal a spot in the play-offs when they lost to Kings XI Punjab and they face a big hurdle against Mumbai Indians, against whom they have a 5-14 head-to-head record.
A win for Kolkata Knight Riders will seal a top-two spot whereas Rohit Sharma’s MI are already assured of a top finish. If KKR lose, they must hope either of Rising Pune Supergiant or Kings XI Punjab do not win by a massive margin in their last league game.
Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, have lost momentum after losing two games against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Kings XI Punjab. Rohit Sharma will be aiming for a win to carry forward the momentum for the play-offs.