Monday, 24 September, 2018

IPL 2018: All-round Hardik Pandya floors KKR to keep MI afloat

Mumbai Indians chose to bowl against Kings XI Punjab as they looked to stay alive in the IPL 2018 tournament Mumbai Indians chose to bowl against Kings XI Punjab as they looked to stay alive in the IPL 2018 tournament
Cassandra Gardner | 06 May, 2018, 22:23

Electing to bowl first, the visitors conceded 91 runs for the first wicket, with openers Suryakumar and Evin Lewis (43) looking risky in the middle.

Yadav (59 off 39) continued his rich run with a fourth fifty of the tournament before Pandya (35* off 20) plundered the Kolkata attack to nudge the hosts to 181 for four.

It was another much-needed win for slow starters Mumbai, who had beaten Punjab on Friday. Chasing the target of 182, both the openers Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn got out.

However, all was not going well for the hosts, as they soon lost captain Rohit Sharma (11), who was followed by Suryakumar. The fall of Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana's wickets was the beginning of the team's struggle, who were reducing to a target of scoring 23 runs in the last over.

Bowling changes did not work for KKR as the West Indian welcomed Piyush Chawla with a six over mid-wicket before smashing two consecutive fours as Mumbai raced to 56/0 after the power-play period. Defeating KKR landed MI on the 5th position in the IPL points table and kept them alive in this season for at least another game.

India allrounder Hardik gave the innings some vital impetus with Sunil Narine and Andre Russell took two wickets each for the visitors. However, once Uthappa and Nitish Rana (31) were sent back in quick succession, KKR were back in familiar territory. Lewis then pulled Krishna for a towering six over deep square-leg.

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Hardik then took 2-19 to restrict Kolkata to 168-6 as Mumbai moved to fifth with eight points from four wins.

Earlier, Mumbai openers Yadav and Lewis set the platform for a challenging total with a 82 runs stand for the first wicket.

Uthappa played a 35-ball 54 run knock, laced with six fours and three sixes. The run rate slid off a bit but Mumbai had enough overs left to bring it back on track.

For Kolkata, Russell was the pick of the bowlers with figures of 2/12 while Narine too, bagged a couple of wickets conceding 35 runs.

Wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan, J P Duminy, Hardik Pandya and his brother Krunal, who played a splendid cameo against Kings XI, along with yesterday's Man of the Match Yadav and Sharma, make up a formidable batting line-up. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text.

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