KKR vs MI LIVE: All-round Andre Russell stars as Kolkata Knight Riders break six-match losing streak

Overs 20: It’s all over! Kolkata Knight Riders have broken two streaks – first is of their six straight loses this IPL season and second of eight successive defeats to Mumbai Indians. KKR beat MI by 34 runs to keep their playoff chances alive. MI 198/7

Overs 19.4: OUT! Piyush Chawla takes the catch off his own bowling as Krunal Pandya holes out on 24. MI 197/6

Overs 19: Another top-class over from Andre Russell – Just five runs in it. MI 190/6

Overs 17.6: OUT! A huge sigh of relief in KKR camp as Hardik Pandya’s magical knock comes to an end. Looking for another big strike, Pandya is caught by Andre Russell off Harry Gurney. He departs after hitting 91 off 34 with six fours and nine sixes. MI 185/6

Overs 17: Hardik Pandya is singlehandedly keepin his team in the contest. He’s in pain but has managed to muscle a four and a six off Sunil Narine’s first two deliveries. 14 runs in the over. MI 174/5

Overs 16: Eventful over from Piyush Chawla. Krunal Pandya starts it with a six over long-on. He goes for a repeat but ends up hitting it high. A miscommunication follows as Karthik and Uthappa collide to spill the catch. Four byes follow before Hardik belts another boundary. 20 runs from the over. MI 160/5

Overs 15: Russell is back and allows seven runs in his third over. MI 140/5, need 93 runs off 30 deliveries

Overs 14: Sunil Narine concedes 12 runs in his third over. MI 133/5

Overs 13.3: FIFTY for Hardik Pandya – reaches the milestone in style with a six. He has taken just 17 deliveries to reach his half-century which is the quickest by any so far this IPL season.

Overs 13.2: OUT! And Sunil Narine breaks the dangerous stand with Kieron Pollard being caught at deep midwicket on 20. MI 121/5

Overs 13: Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard are fighting back. With his spinners going for plenty, Dinesh Karthik brings back pace in Harry Gurney but he cannot escape the beating with Pandya hitting a six and a four off him to move to 46 off 16. MI 121/4

Overs 12: Mumbai Indians are crawling back into the contest. Hardik Pandya with two more sixes off Piyush Chawla as the legspinner concedes 16 runs in his second over. MI 108/4

Overs 11: MI have shifted the gears now. Sunil Narine returns – Pollard greets him with a four while Hardik Pandya sends one over deep mid-wicket for a six. 14 runs from it. MI 92/4

Overs 10: Spin returns in Piyush Chawla. Hardik Pandya hammers two sixes off his first three deliveries. Kieron Pollard adds a boundary of his own later. 18 runs from it. MI 78/4 

Overs 9: Another successive over from Russell. After being hit for a six, he comes back strongly to get rid of Suryakumar. Eight runs and a wicket in it. MI 60/4

Overs 8.2: OUT! Russell strikes again and this time he outfoxes Suryakumar Yadav. Bowls a slow full toss which Suryakumar fails to put away, sending it high in the night sky only to be caught by wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik. He scored 26. MI 58/4

Overs 8: Sandeep Warrier returns to bowl his final over – six off it. His figures: 4-0-29-0. MI 52/3

Overs 7: Five runs and a wicket from Russell’s first over including a boundary off the last delivery. MI 46/3

Overs 6.1: OUT! Andre Russell is the man with the golden arm, golden bat. Can he do anything wrong? Comes to bowl his first delivery of the innings, induces and edge from Evin Lewis and Dinesh Karthik does the rest. Lewis scored 15. MI 41/3

Overs 6: A couple of boundaries in the final over of Powerplay – one each to Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis. MI 41/2

Overs 5: Suryakumar Yadav smacks one over mid-wicket for his first six off Sandeep Warrier. Eight runs from it. MI 29/2

Overs 3.3: OUT! Rohit Sharma has been given out lbw. Looking for a big shot, Rohit gets pinged on the back leg by Harry Gurney. KKR appeal and umpire raises the dreaded finger. The MI captain reviews. Ball-tracker says it would have clipped the leg stump. Umpire’s decision stays but MI keep the review. Rohit walks back on 12. MI 21/2

Overs 3: Sandeep Warrier is bowling fast. Leaving quite an impression with his pace tonight. However, Evin Lewis uses the pace to his advantage and sends one over the boundary for a SIX. 7 runs from it. MI 20/1

Overs 2: Rohit steps out and sends one over mid-on for a four. Four runs and a wicket from Sunil Narine’s first over. MI 13/1

Overs 1.2: OUT! Sunil Narine strikes in his first over. Quinton de Kock goes for a sweep but only manages a top-edge to be caught by Andre Russell. He fails to trouble to scoreboard. MI 9/1

Overs 1: A good start before Rohit Sharma collects two fours in it. 9 runs from the over. MI 9/0

Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock will kickstart MI’s chase. Sandeep Warrier to start the proceedings for KKR

Overs 20: Russell Mania again. Lasith Malinga has been clobbered for two sixes and as many sixes to leak 20 runs in the innings final over – all from the bat of Andre Russell. Russell powers KKR to 232/2

Overs 19: Another outrageous shot from Russell – wide outside off and Russell reaches out for hit and hits a flat six over sweeper cover despite losing his balance. 15 runs from Bumrah’s final over. KKR 212/2

Overs 18.2: FIFTY for Andre Russell – took 30 deliveries to reach the milestone.

Overs 18: Hardik Pandya had managed to avoid the beating but couldn’t for long. Andre Russell has been in some form this season. He has clattered three sixes off the pacer including a ridiculous hit over third man region. 18 runs from it. KKR 197/2

Overs 17: The skipper on the prowl now. Dinesh Karthik starts with a four to mid-wicket via a pull and then does one better with a six. 13 runs from Bumrah’s third over. KKR 177/2

Overs 16: Hardik Pandya has been brilliant tonight but Andre Russell gets the better of him by ramping one to third man region for a four. 7 runs from the over. KKR 164/2

Overs 15.2: OUT! Hardik Pandya strikes to remove well-set Shubman Gill. Looking to go high over deep midwicket, Gill holes out to Evin Lewis. End of a brilliant innings from the youngster – 76 off 45 with six fours and four sixes. KKR 158/2

Overs 15: Nobody is being spared tonight (barring Hardik Pandya so far). Note even Lasith Malinga. Shubman Gill welcomes him back with consecutive fours off the first two deliveries before Andre Russell adds one of his own. 14 runs from it. KKR 157/1

Overs 14: The show has begun! Andre Russell blasts back-to-back sixes off Rahul Chahar after a tentative start. Before him, Shubman Gill had already smacked a six in the over. An expensive end to his spell – 20 runs in it. KKR 143/1

Overs 13: Hardik Pandya enters the attack. Though he concedes just four runs in the over, he bowled three wides – looks like MI have come up with a plan against Andre Russell. KKR 123/1

Overs 12: Another productive over for KKR. Andre Russell survived when Evin Lewis nearly had him caught near the boundary as the ball rolled past for four. Shubman Gill then danced down the track to lift one over long-on for a maximum. 13 runs from Rahul Chahar’s third over. KKR 119/1

Overs 11: Nine runs from Jasprit Bumrah’s second over including a boundary to Shubman Gill. KKR 106/1

Overs 10.3: With a single, Shubman Gill completes his half-century off 32 deliveries.

Overs 10: End of a successful over from Rahul Chahar – Eight runs and a wicket in it. Meanwhile Andre Russell has been promoted tonight, walking in at No. 3. KKR 97/1

Overs 9.3: OUT! Rahul Chahar makes a solid comeback after being thrashes for a six by Chris Lynn off the first delivery. Lynn goes for another biggie but doesn’t get the distance this time around and Evin Lewis nicely settles underneath to complete a good catch. Chahar is all pumped up. Lynn scored 54 off 29 with eight fours and two sixes. KKR 96/1

Overs 9: Lynnsanity in Kolkata tonight! The Australian has completed a quickfire half-century – taking just 27 deliveries to the milestone. Barinder Sran returned into the attack and Lynn belts two fours off him. 13 runs from this over as well. KKR 89/0

Overs 8: Chris Lynn looks in some mood! Krunal Pandya returns and he hammers the second delivery wide of mid-off for a four and then belts one over midwicket boundary for his second six of the night. 13 runs from the over. KKR 76/0

Overs 7: Chris Lynn looks to punish MI for the dropped catch earlier. He makes room and sends one of mid-off for a four and then smokes the following delivery for a maximum. 13 runs from the over. KKR 63/0

Rahul Chahar pressed into action after the first break

Strategic time-out

Overs 6: KKR end Powerplay on a high, taking 11 runs off Lasith Malinga – a boundary each to Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn in it. 11 runs from it. KKR 50/0

Overs 5.2: DROPPED! Kieron Pollard dives but fails to hold onto a catch from Chris Lynn at mid-off.

Overs 5: Jasprit Bumrah comes into the attack now. Chris Lynn gets a streaky boundary in an otherwise decent firs over from the Mi pacer. 8 runs from the over. KKR 39/0

Overs 4: Chris Lynn opens up – A full delivery from Krunal Pandya sent through covers for his first four of the night. And then sweeps one over short fine leg fielder for second four of the over. 12 runs from it. KKR 31/0

Overs 3: Another tight over for MI – three singles from Malinga. The blazing start has been neutralised. KKR 19/0

Barinder Sran immediately replaced by Lasith Malinga after an expensive start

Overs 2: Spin introduced in Krunal Pandya. A good start – just two singles in it. KKR 16/0

Over 1: Whattay start from KKR! Shubman Gill has hammered Sran in the opening over – two fours off the first two deliveries and then a six off the fourth. 14 runs from the over. KKR 14/0

Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill are the two KKR openers. Barinder Sran pressed into action straightaway

Playing XIs

KKR: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk/captain), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Sandeep Warrier, Harry Gurney

MI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Quinton de Kock (wk), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga, Barinder Sran

7:32 pm: TOSS – Mumbai Indians have won the toss and opted to field against Kolkata Knight Riders

7:15 pm: Just 15 minutes away from the toss now. A very important tie for the both teams – MI will hope to ensure a top-two finish to give them at least two chances of making the final. For KKR, a defeat will end their chances of making playoffs.

Russell questions team’s strategy

Andre Russell lamented the “bad decisions” taken by his team in a disappointing IPL 2019 campaign which has seen the side lose six games in a row.

Russell has been the biggest impact player for KKR with three man-of-the-match performances from their four wins but his team has let him down.

“We have a good team but if you make bad decisions then you will always lose games and that’s what we’ve been doing. If we had enough time, I could pinpoint a few games where if we just looked to bowl tighter in areas or bring in right bowlers at the right time, we could have won,” Russell said.

“As a professional cricketer, to be in this position is not the most healthiest position. In terms of decision, we have been bowling wrongly at the wrong time, that’s what been causing for us to keep losing in simple ways,” Russell said on the eve of the game against Mumbai Indians.

Hello and welcome to our match coverage of Match 47 of IPL 2019 between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians at the Eden Gardens on Sunday.

KKR vs MI Match Preview

If one was to carefully follow the IPL standings in the first two weeks of the current season, Kolkata Knight Riders seemed favourite to be one of the first teams to book a Playoff berth, and for their opponents on Sunday, the Mumbai Indians, it looked to be a herculean task.

But how quickly do things change in this format? We have approached the final leg of the IPL, things have turned about completely. MI are just one win away from ensuring their place in the final four, while for KKR, they are placed third from the bottom and need to win all their remaining games to keep their dream alive.

And the first hurdle they face is MI, quite easily one of the more dominant sides this year after a lukewarm start to their campaign. The only team to beat Chennai Super Kings, MI have lived up to their favourites tag, steamrolling oppositions and closing out close matches. Almost all their players have performed, some occasionally, some frequently.

‘MI are the team to beat’

With Rohit Sharma also finding form at the right moment, Mumbai Indians look like the team to beat. The Indian opener has always relished batting at the Eden Gardens and would love to continue that. It goes without saying that this will be KKR’s last chance at redemption. If they can handle the clutch situations better, they still have a fighting chance. – Kris Srikkanth in his column for The Times of India

Dream 11 Tips and Predictions

In the previous game, Rohit Sharma scored his maiden fifty of the season and the experience of Lasith Malinga provided the finishing touches. MI are surely a team to watch out for as they stand one step away from sealing their Playoff berth.

On the other hand, KKR have endured a downward spiral, losing their last six games in a row. The only other team to have faced this dubious distinction was the Royal Challengers Bangalore and they lay at the bottom of the pile, with KKR just two positions behind them. Their over-dependence on Andre Russell has left them exposed and although skipper Dinesh Karthik got back among the runs with an electric 97, it wasn’t enough to save them the blushes.

MI share a solid record over KKR in head-to-head encounter and based on current form, only a miracle will help KKR reduce the deficit.

Trivia

If KKR lose again, it will be their ninth straight against MI – the worst streak by an IPL team.

My Dream XI Team

Quinton de Kock (WK), Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya (C), Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna, Piyush Chawla, Jasprit Bumrah and Lasith Malinga

KKR vs MI Probable Playing 11

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) probable playing XI: Chris Lynn, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (C & wk), Sunil Narine, Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Yarra Prithviraj, Kuldeep Yadav/Prasidh Krishna, Carlos Brathwaite.

Mumbai Indians (MI) probable playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (C), Evin Lewis, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Anukul Sudhakar Roy, Rahul Chahar, Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah