Hardik Pandya picked 2 wickets for MI © AFP
Hardik Pandya picked 2 wickets for MI © AFP

Mumbai Indians (MI) continued their winning way in VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, beating Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Wankhede Stadium, by 13 runs. With this win, Mumbai have kept their chances of making to the Playoffs alive. Controlled bowling performances by Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah squeezed life out a strong KKR lineup, who were set to chase 182 to win. KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik played a valiant knock of 36. This was also MI’s seventh consecutive win against KKR.

In an attempt to surprise MI, KKR sent out Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill to open batting. The experiment seemed to have worked with the pair adding 28 in quick time, before Lynn fell for the dreaded pull. Having hit a couple of boundaries in the over, Lynn pulled Mitchell McClenaghan straight to Jasprit Bumrah at short fine-leg for 17. Gill joined Lynn in the pavilion next over, handing his wicket to Hardik Pandya. A slower ball by Hardik deceived him; he made 7.

Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana were in the middle. Mayank Markande dropped Uthappa, much to the disappointment of Hardik, just before the latter reached the landmark of 4,000 IPL runs. Uthappa then smacked back-to-back sixes off Markande to cross 4,000 IPL runs, becoming the fifth Indian and sixth overall.

Uthappa and Rana helped KKR’s faltering innings recover, adding 50 runs in 30 deliveries.  Uthappa went to record his 23rd IPL fifty in 32 deliveries. Mayank finally got Uthappa when Ben Cutting caught him for 54 at long off.

Dinesh Karthik joined Rana with KKR needing 70 to win. With the asking rate mounting, Rana took on Hardik and perished for 31, giving Jasprit Bumrah a simple catch.

Karthik and Andre Russell had a tough time in the middle, with hardly any boundary coming in during their stand. Russell was caught by an electric Krunal Pandya at deep square-leg, Bumrah taking his first wicket of the night.

Sunil Narine came out with KKR still needing 43 from 18. Karthik, who kept thing afloat for Kolkata, kept hitting a boundary or two per over, but it was not enough as the asking rate kept mounting.

Krunal bowled the last over With KKR still needing 23. Narine hit a four off the first ball, but fell trying to go over long-off. Karthik did hit a boundary to bring the target to 15, but KKR eventually fell short by 13 runs. He remained unbeaten on 36 off 26.

Earlier in the day, Suryakumar Yadav shone once again for MI, scoring a quickfire 59. However, Narine and Russell held the hosts back, picking 4 wickets between them to restrict their opponents to 181 for 4.

Brief Score

Mumbai Indians 181 for 4 [Suryakumar Yadav 59 (39), Evin Lewis 43 (28), Hardik Pandya 35 (20)*; Andre Russell 2-0-12-2] beat Kolkata Knight Riders 168 for 6 [Robin Uthappa 54 (35), Dinesh Karthik 36 (26); Hardik Pandya 4-0-19-2] by 13 runs.

Man of the Match: Hardik Pandya.