Mumbai Indian seem to have taken the winning stride in IPL 2018 tournament, winning consecutive matches. Following the same pattern since earlier tournaments, they lost the beginning fixtures, while thumping victories after half the campaign. In its latest tussle against Kolkata Knight Riders, the team nicked a massive victory. The winning margin of the team, a big 102-run, is the second highest so far.
With this victory, Mumbai Indians is among the top four teams of IPL point chart in the season. Kolkata, losing the match, is now fifth on chart. Mumbai Indians ablaze 210 runs for 6 wickets, with an excellent strike off Ishan Kishan. In the chase, they wobbled Riders’ lineup with short balls. The defenders played with strong economy, while taking wickets.
Ishan Kishan played his best of IPL 2018 tournament so far at Eden Garden, that too against the home team. Apart from the fact that, Kolkata Knight Riders has been always on the losing side against Mumbai at Eden, the recent match added yet another feather to the cap. Mumbai Indians started slowly, losing two wickets in 9 overs and reeling on low score.
When Kishan entered the crease, it was Rohit Sharma striking at the other end, with a total score of 62 for 2. The young player started with blitzing boundaries to inject a sudden momentum in the inning. He feasted on bowlers, not on their types, plundering both spin and pace relentlessly. He played only 21 balls, but his score was a striking 61-run. In the short stretch of 5.2 overs he played the score soared up to 144. His 17-ball half century is the joint fastest fifty by any Mumbai batsman.
In the final stretch, Ben Cutting scored a 9-ball 24, playing only in the pre-ultimate over. This is another flashy strike so far in tournament. In the last over, Krunal Pandya and Cutting scored 22 runs, hauling the score to challenging heights. In the chase, Kolkata started with the wicket of Sunil Narine. In the power play overs, they lost two wickets with Chris Lynn dismissed on a run-out. The inning struck a severe slog after the powerplay. By 10.2 overs, Knight Riders lost 7 wickets for 76 runs. The team could only play for 18.1 overs, pulling the chase to 108 runs.
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