The trio Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah justified skipper Rohit Sharma’s decision of electing to bowl and shared seven wickets among themselves. @PTI

The trio Lasith Malinga, Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah justified skipper Rohit Sharma’s decision of electing to bowl and shared seven wickets among themselves as Mumbai Indians (MI) restricted Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to 133/7 in the 56th match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Sunday.

Put in to bat, KKR enjoyed a decent start as even as Shubman Gill struggled to find his groove. Chris Lynn did a majority of the scoring as the visitors scored 48 runs in the powerplay.

While Krunal Pandya did his bit and did not let Gill-Lynn score too many runs in the powerplay, his brother Hardik gave MI their first two wickets as he sent Gill and Lynn packing shortly after the powerplay.

However, it was Malinga who rattled KKR. The Sri Lankan pacer ran through the KKR middle order, dismissing Dinesh Karthik, Andre Russell and Nitish Rana. With KKR needing nothing but a win to keep alive their playoffs chances, Russell’s contribution with the bat was a key. However, the Jamaican perished for a one-ball duck.

While Robin Uthappa scored 40, he could not find his groove and needed as many as 47 balls to score those many runs. Although Rana scored a quickfire 26 off 13 balls, he did not find any support from the other end as MI restricted KKR to a below-par 133-run total.

While Krunal did not scalp any wickets, he made sure KKR did not get easy runs and returned with the figures of 4-0-14-0.

Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 133/7 (Chris Lynn 41, Robin Uthappa 40; Lasith Malinga 3/35) vs Mumbai Indians