No batsman gave Hardik Pandya company in the middle: Quinton de Kock

Quinton De Kock

The Mumbai Indians (MI) has good records against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Till Sunday, the Mumbai Indians have won 18 games and lost just five games against Kolkata Knight Riders. Mumbai never lost to KKR since 2015.

But, it was KKR who clinched the game that took place at the Eden Gardens. Dinesh Karthik and co. have posted a massive total of 232 on their board and then restricted the MI to 198 for 7.

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The game did not go well for MI since the first ball of the first innings. Batting first, Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn launched their attack on MI bowlers from the very first ball as they scored 76 off 45 and 54 off 29 deliveries respectively. Andre Russell, who came to bat at the number three, started his slowly before destroying MI’s bowling attack. Russell went on to score 80 runs from just 40 balls with the help of 6 boundaries and 8 maximums.

While chasing a mammoth total, the Mumbai Indians lost their top-order cheaply as they were struggling at 58 for 4 at the end of ninth over. But, it was Hardik Pandya, who kept the hopes of MI fans till the 18th over. He went on to smash the bowlers from the very first ball and scored 91 off just 34 balls, including 6 boundaries and 9 sixes.

When he was on 91, he wanted to sail another ball to the boundary, but he found a fielder in the form of Andre Russell at long-on. His destructive knock went in vain as his team could score just 198 at the end of the 20th over.

The South African cricketer, Quinton de Kock, who has been in good form this season, feels bad for his team’s all-rounder as his knock went in vain due to MI’s batting collapse.

“We would have loved a couple of fewer wickets when Kieron (Pollard) and Hardik walked in. But, unfortunately, it didn’t happen today so there’s the collapse and no one batting with Hardik made it harder for us,” de Kock said.

When asked about his own dismissal off the bowling of Sunil Narine, he said,“When you have to score of 233, you need to play one or two shots anyway. You have to try against any bowler who comes on and take a chance to get things going. So if I hit that ball for four or six, you probably would have said ‘great shot’ but unfortunately I got out so didn’t look.

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