Kolkata Knight Riders could have won the match as the they put Mumbai Indians on pressure throughout the chase, but the last four overs. KKR scored 178 with Manish Pandey hammering a 47 ball 81 remaining unbeaten in the inning. Although the team lost two wickets before the fifth over, the momentum remained intact throughout the inning. In the chase, Rohit Sharma’s disappointment knew no bounds until it reached the level to get a lecture from the match referee. The batsman was removed with an lbw before he could take the third run. It was a Level 1 offence of IPL Code of Conduct.
The half century from Nitish Rana off 28 and the crucial strike from Hardik Pandya was the salvaging score of the inning. Hardik scored 29 off 11 runs in the winning stretch. Rana was down in the pre-ultimate over, after which Hardik Pandya steered the inning to victory. In the previous stretch, a strong blow was from Krunal Pandya, which he delivered with his left arm spin. He removed 3 wickets giving out 24 runs in four overs. On the other hand, Jasprit Bumrah contained Chris Lynn, the second highest scorer. Pandya took down two wickets in the fifth over setting off the fall in the line-up.
Manish Pandey brought up a strong strike plundering Harbhajan and Krunal. The batsman strengthened his strike up the inning going from 35 off 30 balls to 81 off 47 balls. In the final over from Mitchell McClenaghan, the player scored 23 hauling the score to the decent target for Mumbai Indians. Still it was not enough, as in the chase Mumbai players displayed a good strike. KKR bowled fine in the chase reducing Mumbai to 74 for 3 in ten overs, but the late showdown from Pandya and Rana salvaged the team. They nicked the match with a single ball to spare.
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