Mumbai Indians gradually come into their own, maintain their winning streak over Kolkata Knight Riders
As the tournament has reached its second half, Mumbai Indians have gained momentum with 3 wins in their last 4 games. Mumbai (210-6) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (108-10) by a whopping 102-run margin for the 8th consecutive time to keep their hopes alive in IPL 2018.
Mumbai Indians have always had the wood on KKR. No matter what Kolkata do, they end up being on the losing side against MI more often than not and this game was no different.
At the Eden Gardens, they were completely outclassed by the Rohit Sharma led team.
Skipper @DineshKarthik makes 2? changes for tonight's crucial encounter against @mipaltan ?— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) May 9, 2018
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? Rinku Singh & Tom Curran #KKRvMI #IPL2018 #KKRHaiTaiyaar pic.twitter.com/WfroBunGE2
MI were put into bat first and Surya Kumar Yadav – the second highest run scorer of IPL 2018 – got them to a good start once again with a 46-run partnership with Even Lewis (18). Rohit Sharma (36, 31b) came out to bat one down in this match.
Though he held one end up, Rohit could never achieve the required tempo throughout his innings.
It was keeper batsman Ishan Kishan (MoM) who changed the direction of the match with an unbelievable innings. Kishan stuck into the inexperienced KKR bowling line up, smashing 62 at a strike rate of almost 300. The late exploits of Ben Cutting (24, SR: 266.66) got MI over 200.
Once opener Chris Lynn (21) and Sunil Narine (4) got out early, it was always going to be tough for KKR. There was not even a flicker of hope for the home side as wickets kept tumbling one after the other.
Sports is about the spirit & wins/losses don’t reflect that. But tonite as the ‘Boss’ I need to apologise to the fans for the lack of spirit— Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) May 9, 2018
Pandya brothers were the pick of the bowlers for MI as they clinched two wickets each. When, KKR got all out with 10 balls to spare, they were still 102 runs short.
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