Kolkata: Chasing a massive target of 211, KKR’s batsmen failed to deliver and were wrapped up at 108 in 18.1 overs at the Eden Gardens. The defeat resulted in Kolkata surrendering the fourth position in the league table to the Mumbai Indians courtesy to the latter’s better run rate.
In the 23 meetings between the two teams in IPL history, Mumbai Indians have finished on top on 18 occasions. The win at Eden Garden’s was Mumbai’s eighth straight victory over KKR.
After losing the toss, Mumbai Indians were put to bat first and rode on teenage wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan's 21-ball 62 to register a tremendous total of 210 runs.
The Jharkhand left-hander's pyrotechnics between the 10th and 15th over fetched Mumbai 73 runs as they posted a mammoth 210/6.
The momentum shifted in favour of MI in the 14th over that yielded 25 runs with Ishan making a mockery of chinaman Kuldeep's bowling. The bulk of Mumbai's runs -- 148 -- came from boundaries.
First, Ishan swept Kuldeep high over deep square leg, then smashed across the line, followed by stepping out to hit the bowler over long on to get to his fifty -- the joint second fastest of the season with Sunil Narine.
Ishan ended the over with a helicopter shot that would surely make his Ranchi mentor MS Dhoni smile as MI scored 73 runs in five middle overs to reach to 145/3 in 15 overs from being a modest 72/2 midway into their innings.
After Ishan, it was Cutting show as he hit the first three balls of the final over for a six each en route to his nine-ball 24 (1x4, 3x6) as MI finished on a high with 22 runs in the final over bowled by Piyush Chawla.
In reply, Kolkata were never in the chase, losing wickets at regular intervals. Chris Lynn (21) and Nitish Rana (21) were the top-scorers as Mumbai effected two run outs with Pandya brothers, Krunal (2/12) and Hardik (2/16) returning best figures.
To follow up the top-notch performance by the batsmen, Mumbai’s bowlers got KKR all out on 108 in 18.1 overs. Krunal Pandya and his brother Hardik returned with figures of 2/12 and 2/16 respectively while all the other five MI bowlers took a wicket each.
Openers Suryakumar Yadav (36) and Evin Lewis (18) once again gave MI a flying start with the KKR pace trio of Andre Russell, Prasidh Krishna and Tom Curran leaking 24 runs in the first three overs.
Chawla gave the breakthrough in the sixth over as Mumbai batsmen looked to break free against the leg-spinner who accounted for both the openers. Mumbai were 62/2 inside nine overs.
Following the victory, their third on the trot, MI jump up to the fourth spot in the IPL standings with 10 points from 11 matches. KKR also have the same 10 points from 11 matches but they are below MI at fifth due to their net run rate.