Mumbai Indians raised its flag again in the ongoing IPL tournament after a faltered stretch of consecutive defeats. Rohit Sharma’s squad thumped down Kolkata Knight Riders at their home ground by 13 runs in a fierce tussle. The team misfired both in bowling and batting, but it was Hardik Pandya who played the crucial bets in the match. His tough bowling was the prime turning point of the inning when Mumbai Indians nicked the victory.
Earlier, Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav feasted on spin attacks to break boundaries. Their upbeat strike would have taken the score to 200 plus, but Andre Russell brought in wickets to slog the latter half of the inning. Lewis and Yadav played 9.2 overs together to score 91 runs. Lewis scored 43 runs off 28 in the stretch, while Yadav went on playing until the 15th over. The Caribbean player knocked 5 fours and 2 sixes. Yadav knocked 7 fours and two sixes in his 39-ball-59.
Mumbai’s figure had an impressive addition of runs off Hardik Pandya, who scored 35 runs off 20 balls. The middle order wobbled under attacks from Sunil Narine and Russell, until Hardik Pandya displayed his prowess. He added a strong score of 35 runs, knocking heavily especially in the over from Prasidh Krishna, the debutant player of the match. Finally, the team settled for the score of 181.
Kolkata Knight Riders lost a couple of early wickets as Mitchell McClenaghan and Hardik Pandya took down Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill before in 3.1 overs. In the following 10 overs Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana forged a strong partnership hauling the chase to 112. Uthappa knocked his maiden half-century of the inning. He scored 54 off 35 runs injecting a good momentum.
However, after Markande sent back Uthappa, the inning wobbled with low runs. Hardik Pandya bowled ingenious deliveries to strangulate the flow of runs. In his four overs, KKR players could only scratch out 19 runs, while losing 2 wickets. Finally, the chase trickled to a narrow 37 off 12 balls. Dinesh Karthik was on chase, but the doable was not enough to nick the win.
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