IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians stay alive with 13-run win over Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians kept their hopes for a play-off spot alive as they beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 runs, here at the Wankhede Stadium on Sunday, to pick up eight points and stay fifth on the table. (MI v KKR updates)
It was an all-round show from the defending champions as their bowlers complimented their batsmen by choking Kolkata Knight Riders at the death after Nitish Rana and Robin Uthappa had revived KKR’s chase after a dismal start. (MI v KKR scorecard)
Earlier, Mumbai Indians had gotten off to a brilliant start owing to the swashbuckling form of Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis. The opening pair toyed with the KKR bowling attack at will and had piled on 56 runs at the end of the powerplay. While Yadav was the more attacking of the two, with both pushing on the throttle, there was no respite for the KKR camp who used up as many as five bowlers inside the first six overs. However, once they both departed, the run rate took a standstill for a while before Hardik Pandya came on and accelerated to help his side cross the 180-run mark.
While it wasn’t a towering total to scale, it wasn’t also a below-par one. The Knights promoted Shubman Gill up the order but the teenager failed to get going as he was dismissed for just 7. Chris Lynn, too, followed suit soon after a 13-ball 17. Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana then tried to settle things down but with 44 runs on the board, the former received a lifeline as Mayank Markande dropped a sitter. By the time Markande dismissed Uthappa, he had already notched his 23rd IPL half-century.
Things were sailing smooth for Kolkata Knight Riders as both Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana had rescued their side from the initial hiccup and steered their ship back from murky waters. The two had not just paced their innings well but Rana had even gone a step ahead to leave deliveries in a typical Test-match fashion. They stitched a 84-run partnership for the third wicket but just as it seemed they would finish off the task they had undertaken, both were dismissed in the space of seven deliveries to swing back the balance in favour of the hosts.
Choke at the death
With the two back in the pavilion, a lot was expected of Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik since they had ample time to recover the jolt. Instead, they ate up deliveries and scored 30 runs off 27 balls with the West Indian also heading back. It was a disastrous demonstration from the KKR skipper who failed to accelerate when it was most required, despite facing the lion’s share of the remaining deliveries.
By the time he started charging in the penultimate over, the game was all but gone from KKR’s grasp. Mumbai Indians used their bowlers in a prolific manner with Jasprit Bumrah and Hardik Pandya using their variations well to stall Karthik and Russell before the likes of Markande and Ben Cutting slowed down proceedings at the other end.