Mumbai Indians stay alive with hard fought win against Kolkata Knight Riders

 

Mumbai Indians (181-4) choked Kolkata Knight Riders (168-6) to win by 13 runs courtesy Hardik Pandya’s all-round effort.

Mumbai’s win against KKR has really opened up the second half of IPL 2018 and made the points table quite dynamic. With 4 wins and 6 losses out of their 10 games, Mumbai Indians still stand a slim chance of qualifying to the playoffs.

KKR won the toss and invited MI to bat first. Mumbai got off to a great start with both openers Surya Kumar Yadav (59) and Evin Lewis (43) striking the ball sweetly. It was all-rounder Andre Russell (2-12-2) who broke the 91-run partnership between the two by dismissing Lewis in the 10th over.

Rohit Sharma came to bat at No 3 in this match but could not do anything special and departed with a run-a-ball 11. After Krunal Pandya’s heroics in the last match, it was the turn of the younger Pandya to shine today. Hardik scored 35 off 20 balls and infused some life into the otherwise drab scoring of Mumbai.

Andre Russell and Sunil Narine bowled well for KKR, scalping 2 wickets each. Debutant Prasidh Krishna (4-39-0) also bowled well and was unlucky to go for 11 runs in the 20th over.

For KKR to win this match, they needed a couple of batsmen to stand up to the occasion. While Robin Uthappa (54) scored a free flowing half century, Nitish Rana (31) could not build on to the start that he got.

Skipper Dinesh Karthik (36*) tried very hard in the final overs but the death bowling of the trio of Jasprit Bumrah (4-34-1), Hardik Pandya (4-19-2) and Krunal Pandya (3-29-2) proved too good for him.

As a result, KKR fell short by 13 runs as MI kept their hopes alive in IPL 2018.

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