Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Ashley Hunter

Kolkata Knight Riders Bowlers Keep Things Tight in Death Overs

Kolkata Knight Riders Bowlers Keep Things Tight in Death Overs

The win sees the Indians move up to fifth, two points outside the play-off places with four matches remaining, while the Knight Riders are in third with 10 points. Kolkata could manage just 168-6, giving the hosts a win by 13 runs and two critical points.

When Kolkata required 37 runs to overhaul Mumbai's 181 for four, Dinesh Karthik, the visiting captain, was required to repeat his Nidahas Trophy final heroics.

Although the position of both the teams remains same after the end of this match, with KKR and MI remaining at 4 and 5 number, MI's hope of making it to qualifiers is inching closer.

Mumbai Indians started exceptionally well with their opening batsmen, Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Evin Lewis (43).

Editorial team of CricketCountry. "You score one six and all of a sudden the momentum shifts and everything changes", Pandya said when asked about his batting.

SuryaKumar then tried to build another partnership with Pandya however, after adding 21 runs, the opener too, became a victim of Russell in the 15th over with the Mumbai scorecard reading 127/3.

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Uthappa was dropped earlier in the innings by Mayank Markande. This time around, it was Hardik's contribution with the bat and ball that helped Mumbai big time in clinching the game.

Mumbai Indians: S. Yadav c Karthik b Russell 59, E. Lewis c Lynn b Russell 43, R. Sharma c sub b Narine 11, H. Pandya (not out) 35, K. Pandya c Shubman Gill b Narine 14, J. Duminy (not out) 13.

Two balls later the Pandya brothers combined to dismiss Shubnam Gill, as the Knight Riders opener was caught off Hardik's first ball by Krunal at mid-off. Coming back to MI vs KKR match highlights, the current champions who have in previous season made the playoffs after losing their first 4 matches, however, showed that they still have the same grit and fight in them.

The start of Kolkata was very bad and the team lost their 2 wickets at 28 runs only.

Then Rana and Uthappa, who got a life on four, resurrected the innings with an 84-run stand. Hardik Pandya bowled an excellent spell with 19 for 2 in 4 overs.

Soon, Hardik landed another blow on Kolkata, sending Rana back to the dug out in the 14th over with Kolkata reeling at 115/4. While Rana scored 31 off 27 balls, Robin Uthappa hammered a quick 54 off just 35 deliveries.

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