Mumbai Indians (MI) beat Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) by five runs in a thrilling contest at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. MI kept their hopes alive of making it to the play-offs as this win helped them to climb up the points table to the fourth position. The momentum of the game kept swinging like a pendulum until the final over which saw MI walking away with a thrilling victory.


KKR won the toss and elected to field. Batting first, MI got off to a steady start but lost the momentum as they lost three wickets in quick succession courtesy to some brilliant captaincy and bowling changes by the KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir. Rohit Sharma made a substantial contribution but failed to capitalise upon it as he was dismissed by an unplayable delivery from spin wizard Sunil Narine. Kieron Pollard played an anchoring role with his 33 off 38 deliveries; he struggled but didn’t throw his wicket away. Hardik Pandya got the stagnant scoreboard ticking with his cameo of 61 not out off 31 deliveries. He came to bat when MI had crashed 79 for 4 inside 12 overs. The Pandya known lifted MI to 171 from their 20 overs and gave their bowlers a fighting chance.


Chasing 172, KKR openers provided a solid start but Robin Uthappa floundered while attempting a sweep shot to Harbhajan Singh. MI bowlers kept chipping wickets at regular intervals. Gautam Gambhir made a substantial contribution but failed to anchor the innings in spite of getting a reprieve on the previous delivery before getting out. Yusuf Pathan, once again stood up to the occasion smashing an entertaining 52 off 37 deliveries but didn’t manage to carry his team over the line as he got out in the last over. Eventually KKR lost the contest by five runs courtesy to some brilliant death bowling by MI.


Turning Point: KKR needed 12 runs of the final over, there was a probability for the more established Pandya to bowl the final over but Rohit went for the canny variations of Pollard. Pathan was batting on 52 when he tried a pull shot off the first delivery of the final over but was beaten by the extra bounce which Pollard generated with his height. The ball went straight up in the air which led to the demise of Pathan and the game just drifted away for their grasp. With six runs required from the last three balls, Pollard bowled three dot balls to Piyush Chawla.

Brief score:

Mumbai Indians 171 for 4 in 20 overs [Hardik Pandya 61(31)*, Kieron Pollard 33(38)*; Shakib al Hasan 4-0-22-2, Morne Morkel 4-0-27-1] beat Kolkata Knight Riders 166 for 7 in 20 overs [Yusuf Pathan 52(37), Gautam Gambhir 38(29); Lasith Malinga 4-0-31-1, Harbhajan Singh 4-0-31-1] – by 5 runs