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Nitish Rana (l) and Hardik Pandya (r) added 41 runs for sixth wicket BCCI

Mumbai Indians (MI) clinched a thriller against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by 4 wickets in the seventh game of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2017, at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday night. In the high-scoring contest, fortunes swung from one side to the other with Mumbai Indians managing to hold the nerves and reach the finishing line. Nitish Rana scored 50, whereas Hardik Pandya blasted 11-ball 29 not out. Earlier in the game, KKR notched up 178 for 7, thanks to Manish Pandey s 81 not out. Let us take a look at the highlights:

Lynnsanity continues: Kolkata Knight Riders were sent in to bat and all eyes were fixated on Chris Lynn who had blasted one of the most brutal knocks in an IPL run chase in the previous match. Lynn began with a boundary in the first over, and his aggressive strokeplay was on display once again. Though he was not as belligerent as he was in the first game against Gujarat Lions, Lynn looked in rich form. He scored a 24-ball 32, with the help of 3 fours and 1 six to help Kolkata Knight Riders get off to a strong start. Lynn added 44 runs for the first wicket with Gambhir.

 

The Manish Pandey special: With KKR batting blowing hot and cold, one of the batsmen had to step up and deliver. Pandey took the responsibility of taking the innings ahead, and he did a fine job at that. Pandey looked to rotate the strike and punish the bad balls. Towards the end of the innings, Pandey turned up the heat on Mumbai bowlers, collecting as many as 33 runs off the last two overs all by himself. Pandey hammered Mitchell McClenaghan, in the final over, to add 23 runs off it.

Krunal Pandya s effort: The left-arm spinner proved to be the best in Mumbai s ranks, finishing with a fine 3 for 24 off 4 overs. Krunal showed aggressive intent with the bat but could not manage more than a 6-ball 11. However, his best contribution came with the ball. Krunal accounted for Gautam Gambhir (19), Robin Uthappa (4) and Yusuf Pathan (6) to wreck KKR s batting. He combined with brother Hardik to dismiss Uthappa and Pathan.

Mumbai Indians sportsmanship: In the fourth over of the chase, Buttler mishit one high in the air. Lynn, getting under the ball from mid-off, put in a big dive but ended up injuring himself as the ball fell away from him. While Lynn called in for assistance from the dugout, Buttler and Parthiv Patel did not take more than two runs as the ball rolled on but stopped near the ropes. Pathan made a dash towards the ball and threw it back in.

Kieron Pollard s achievement: Pollard, who launched a verbal attack on commentator Sanjay Manjrekar after the game, had something to cheer about. The Mumbai Indians veteran brought up his 2,000 runs in IPL for Mumbai Indians, during his innings of 17 off 17 with a four and a six.

Nitish Rana s resistance: Rana held the Mumbai Indians innings together. He had scored vital runs in the first match as well but in a losing cause. However, Rana ensured that his effort did not go in vain, firing Mumbai Indians to first win in IPL 2017. Rana scored a 29-ball 50, striking 3 sixes and 5 boundaries in the process. He added 41 runs in a mere 2.2 overs with Hardik for the sixth wicket, which brought Mumbai closer to a win. Rana was already dismissed when Hardik completed the win for Mumbai. Eventually, the southpaw was adjudged Man of the Match.

Hardik Pandya s onslaught: Hardik showed why he is looked upon as India s mainstay all-rounder in limited-overs cricket. Keeping his composure, Hardik clobbered 2 sixes and 3 boundaries in the ending stages of the game to take Mumbai Indians past the finish line. With 11 needed in the final over, he did make his part of errors but won the game.