Mumbai Indians playing a must-win game against Kolkata Knight Riders, who were at the third spot in the table, were sent in to bat first. As MI, headed by Rohit Sharma, won the match against KKR by 13 runs, social media space, especially Twitter, was amok with amusing, tongue-in-cheek humorous jibes on how Sharma has lead MI to a comeback.
Kolkata skipper Dinesh Karthik called correctly at the toss and put the hosts in. MI registered their first pair of successive wins this season against KKR on Sunday, and now have eight points from 10 games. Mumbai Indians chose to bat first and its opener batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Lewis contributed 91 runs partnership for the opening wicket.
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KKR's decision to use as many as five bowlers in the powerplay, opting for the inexperienced pacer Prasidh Krishna instead of in-form options in Andre Russell (2-0-12-2) and Mitchell Johnson (3-0-25-0) for the final over and Sunil Narine's illness were factors that played into Mumbai Indians' hands. Uthapa was also lucky to have been dropped much early by Mayank Markande.
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But his opening partner, West Indian Evin Lewis has disappointed and will need to step up against KKR whose spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine can be very risky.
Pollard has been dropped due to poor form that has seen him score just 76 runs from seven innings. He got Uthappa, who looked to be running away with the match, to mistime the ball to Ben Cutting at long-off. Huge wicket for Mumbai as Bumrah digs it in short, Russell goes for the pull, is hurried by the pace on that one, top edges it and Krunal takes a brilliant diving catch ahead of deep backward square leg. They are however given a scare for a good 10 overs with Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana forging a fine partnership.
Soon, Hardik landed another blow on Kolkata, sending Rana back to the dug out in the 14th over with Kolkata reeling at 115/4.
Hardik Panya, the purple cap holder, was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets for just 19 runs in his quota of four overs. Uthapa scored 54 off 35 balls with the help of six 4s and three 6s.