Mumbai Indian’s, the defending champions started this year’s Indian Premier League in a high note, but as the competition has been progressing onwards, they bottomed their way below with persistent threads of loses. Now from languishing underneath every other franchises, Mumbai Indians have managed to ascend a few steps, just beneath the top fours.
On its progression, the 13 runs win against Kolkata Knight Riders in the 37th match of the VIVO Indian Premier League, surely paved Mumbai Indians way to remain in the competition.
They have successfully defended 181 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, restricting KKR to 168 runs in their allotted 20 overs.
Robin Uthappa did the best knock for Kolkata Knight Riders, he pushed a half century and KKR might go through the winning target had Uthappa not been dismissed at 54 (35 balls).
Wicket keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik was unbeaten scoring 36 runs.
First and foremost Mumbai Indian’s batsmen gave it a hard try to stand a competitive total in the board when they had to bat first after losing the coin luck. Both the openers shone up, orchestrated good batting display thus provided a 91 run opening partnership – a solid stand to carry on for the rest of the batting line up.
But later batsmen in the line for Mumbai Indians failed to capitulate the opportunity; Captain Rohit Sharma did nothing but a run a ball 11 runs.
Although Mumbai Indians lost a lesser number of wickets, they could not manage to lift the score in a more comprehensive height in the end.
After Suryakumar Yadav became the third batsman to depart in the fifteenth over, Pandya duo partnered for 24 runs in the fourth wicket. The partnership which took Mumbai Indian’s innings got passed 150 was broken by Sunil Narine alluring Krunal Pandya to be caught by Shubman Gill scoring a 11 ball 14 with a four and a six.
Suryakumar top scored with 59 runs. He played 39 deliveries hitting 7 boundaries and 2 over boundaries.
Hardik remained not out scratching 35 off 20 with Jean Paul Duminy, elevated the score to 181 for the loss of 4 wickets in 20 overs.
Watch Hardik Pandya’s flying bat
Sunil Narine and Andre Russell claimed 2 wickets apiece.
Mumbai Indians 181/4 (20 overs)
Suryakumar Yadav 59, Hardik Pandya 35*, Evin Lewis 43
Sunil Narine 2/35, Andre Russell 2/12
Kolkata Knight Riders 168/6 (20 overs)
Robin Uthappa 54, Nitish Rana 31, Dinesh Karthik 36*
Hardik Pandya 2/19, Mayank Markande 1/25, Krunal Pandya 1/29
Result: Mumbai Indians won by 13 runs.
Toss: Kolkata Knight Riders