Mumbai Indians, IPL 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders
Mumbai Indians pulled off another comprehensive victory over KKR (Image courtesy: IANS)

Mumbai Indians‘ (MI) fate writes blockbuster scripts for them. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) are their favourite whipping boys, against whom they have their highest victory percentage. Standing at the exit door of the tournament, MI turned their fortunes around with back-to-back wins over KKR, thanks to the scheduling, to draw level with them on 10 points and replacing them at the fourth spot in the points table with a huge leap in net run rate. If the win on Sunday was a lucky sneak, this one at Eden Gardens was as comprehensive as it gets.

Mumbai’s win in the 41st match of the tournament was set up by Ishan Kishan. He slammed a 21-ball 62, in the process registering the joint-fastest fifty (Kieron Pollard has a 17-ball fifty) for MI to help them reach 210 for 6. In reply, Kolkata were bowled out for 108, handing Mumbai a 102-run win. In doing so, their net run-rate took a massive beating. Not for the first time in IPL history, KKR reserved one of their worst performances against MI. Mumbai’s victory marked their 18th against Kolkata, who have just won 5 of the contests.

Chasing 211, Sunil Narine started with a four and lost his wicket the next ball. Chris Lynn and Robin Uthappa found it tough against Krunal Pandya’s spin and a mix-up cost Lynn’s wicket. Uthappa and Nitish Rana tried damage control and took the score to 47 for 2 after the Powerplay overs. At that stage KKR needed 164 in 84 balls with 8 wickets in hand.

But Uthappa perished 4 balls later. Andre Russell fell in the next over. Dinesh Karthik was run out. And off the next ball, Rana perished trying to slog. That sealed the match. The Mumbai bowlers mixed up the pace very well and tried different lengths. KKR lost their seventh wicket for 76 in the 11th over. From there, it was just a matter of time.

Asked to bat first, Mumbai were off to a solid start courtesy Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis. KKR dropped 3 catches (Kuldeep Yadav dropped 2 of these, including a chance of Kishan). Kishan blasted a 21-ball 62. including 4 consecutive sixes off Kuldeep. He shared an 82-run stand off just 34 balls for the third wicket with captain Rohit Sharma.

Hardik Pandya played a cameo at the end, while brother Krunal finished the innings with a six. Ben Cutting’s 9-ball 24 provided the ideal finish. Surprisingly, Karthik summoned Piyush Chawla to bowl the last over in place of Russell and Tom Curran.

Brief scores:

Mumbai Indians 210 for 6 in 20 overs [Suryakumar Yadav 36 (32), Rohit Sharma 36 (31), Ishan Kishan 62 (21); Piyush Chawla 4-0-48-3] vs Kolkata Knight Riders 108 all out in 18.1 overs [Krunal Pandya 3.1-0-12-2, Hardik Pandya 3-0-16-2] by 102 runs.

Player of the Match: Ishan Kishan.