Mumbai Indians produced a brilliant bowling and fielding performance after Ishan Kishan’s batting pyrotechnics as they thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-offs berth in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday.
Sent into bat at the Eden Gardens, defending champions Mumbai Indians scored an imposing 210/6, riding on 19-year-old Kishan’s 21-ball 62, studded with five fours and six sixes, and then bowled KKR out for 108 in 18.1 overs.
Krunal Pandya and his brother Hardik returned with figures of 2/12 and 2/16 respectively while all the other five Mumbai bowlers took a wicket each as they excelled as a bowling unit.
After their third win on the trot, Mumbai jumped to fourth spot with 10 points from 11 matches. KKR also have the same 10 points from 11 matches but they occupy the fifth spot due to an inferior net run rate.
Chasing an imposing target of 211, KKR suffered a batting collapse under some fine bowling and fielding show by MI who needed a win to keep afloat in the tournament.
Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana top-scored with 21 each while all the other KKR batsmen came a cropper. Their highest partnership was 31 between Lynn and Uthappa (14) for the second wicket.
KKR made a disastrous start to their run chase as Sunil Narine (4) was out in the second ball, top-edging a Mitchell McClenaghan’s delivery to Krunal Pandya. Lynn and Uthappa tried stitching a partnership but a horrible mix-up in the fourth over led to Lynn being run out Kolkata were reduced for 32/2
The two wickets meant KKR were lagging behind in the power play overs as they could score just 47 from the first six overs.
Uthappa was the third batsman to go as he hit straight to Suryakumar Yadav at deep midwicket off a Mayank Markande delivery in the seventh over and Andrew Russell followed suit the next over, after being deceived by a Hardik Pandya’s slow delivery.
KKR were in trouble by then with half their side back in the pavilion for 67 runs. Captain Dinesh Karthik (5) could not extricate his side and he was run out in the 10th over.
McClenaghan then held on to a brilliant running catch to dismiss Rana in the next ball and the match was as good as over for KKR by then.
The asking rate has gone up to an impossible 20 but the match lingered on a bit before Krunal Pandya wrapped up the match by dismissing Kuldeep Yadav (5).
Earlier, Ishan smashed a 17-ball half-century as MI overcame a slow start to post an imposing 210/6. Ishan tore into the KKR bowling, especially Kuldeep Yadav who was clobbered for four consecutive sixes, en route to his 21-ball 62.
The momentum shifted in favour of MI in the 14th over that yielded 25 runs with Ishan making a mockery of chinaman Kuldeep’s bowling. The bulk of Mumbai’s runs – 148 – came from boundaries. Mumbai scored 73 runs in five middle overs to reach to 145/3 in 15 overs from being a modest 72/2 midway into their innings. After Ishan, it was Cutting show as he hit the first three balls of the final over for a six each en route to his nine-ball 24 (1x4, 3x6) as MI finished on a high with 22 runs in the final over bowled by Piyush Chawla.
Kuldep returned most expensive with 43 runs from his three overs, followed by Chawla who took 3/48 but was at his expensive best. But the picture looked different midway into MI’s innings with Sunil Narine (1/27) giving them the initial edge after Dinesh Karthik opted to chase.
Openers Suryakumar Yadav (36) and Evin Lewis (18) once again gave MI a flying start with the KKR pace trio of Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna and Tom Curran leaking 24 runs in the first three overs.
Chawla gave the breakthrough in the sixth over as Mumbai batsmen looked to break free against the leg-spinner who accounted for both the openers. Mumbai were 62/2 inside nine overs.