So, that's all from us for this game. It has surely been an exciting game of cricket. Mumbai have emerged victorious in this edge-of-the-seat thriller and picked up their first win of the season. Now we head to Indore for the 8th match of Indian T20 League between Punjab and Bangalore at 2000 local (1430 GMT). Another cracker of a game awaits us as we bid you goodbye from this one. Until then, take care and cheers!
The Man of the Match has been awarded to Nitish Rana for his excellent fifty in the run chase. He stood tall amidst the fall of wickets and then accelerated towards the end which was instrumental in his side winning the game.
Mumbai skipper, Rohit Sharma feels that it was very important to win this game. Reckons that his team is known for keeping everyone on the toes. Applauds Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya for their superb knocks. Credits the youngsters for executing the gameplans really well. Mentions that winning the game makes everyone happy. Ends by saying that fitness is very important and you need to give everything when you step out on the field.
Kolkata skipper, Gautam Gambhir feels that they lost in the last three overs. Credits Nitish Rana and Hardik Pandya for the way they played. Adds that they trust their bowlers to win the games for them. Feels that nerves took over in the dying moments of the game. Reckons that any target on this wicket was chaseable. When asked on Chris Lynn's current condition, he says that as of now he has no updates on him.
Nitish Rana has to be given the credit as well for keeping his calm and dispatching the loose balls whenever he got the opportunity to do so. He scored a blazing 50 from 29 balls and stitched 41 off just 14 balls along with Hardik Pandya to almost seal the deal for his side. Kolkata would be kicking themselves, they had the edge for the most part but lost it in the last three overs as they missed some crucial chances and that ultimately cost them the game. Rajpoot bowled really well and got three wickets but was taken for runs in his last over. Narine, Woakes and Kuldeep too kept the pressure on the hosts but the home side took it away from them in the end and opened their account in this year's league in a grand fashion.
Phew! What a humdinger of a game we have just witnessed! Well, Wankhede is Mumbai's fortress and you got to admit it's really, really difficult to beat them in their den. Hardik Pandya, take a bow! He's taken his team over the line amidst immense pressure. Chasing a tough target of 179, the hosts got off to a good start but then a couple of quick wickets brought Kolkata back in the game.
Trent Boult to Hardik Pandya
FOUR! That's game, set, match! Full down the leg side, Pandya whips it past the diving fine leg fielder for a boundary. MUMBAI WIN BY 4 WICKETS AND 1 BALL TO SPARE!
Dropped! Short delivery into the body, Pandya goes for a pull and gets it off the top edge. The ball flies away towards deep square leg. Rishi Dhawan runs in, slips and misjudges the ball. Drops a very important catch as the batsmen run a couple. Can this be the match? 3 runs needed to win off the final 2 deliveries.
Bouncer! The batsman ducks in time to let that one go over him.
FOUR! What has Suryakumar Yadav done there? Has he cost his side the match? Oh, dear... Fuller delivery into the stumps, Pandya smashes it down the ground. Yadav misfields and the ball rolls away to the fence for a boundary.
Two Leg Byes! Full down the leg side, Hardik Pandya goes to clip it on the leg side. He misses it completely as he gets rapped on the pads. The ball runs down towards fine leg for two leg byes!
Trent Boult will bowl the final over. He has 10 runs to defend. Hardik Pandya is still out there in the middle, he has the strike. Nail-biting stuff, this.
Ankit Rajpoot to Hardik Pandya
Slower delivery in the line of the stumps, Pandya eases it down the ground towards long on for a single to keep strike.
SIX! Take a bow, Hardik Pandya! Full toss into the pads, Pandya just smacks it over the mid-wicket region for a biggie. Is there anything which can stop this guy?
Ankit Rajpoot to Harbhajan Singh
Yorker right on the money, Harbhajan digs it out towards point for a single.
Harbhajan Singh is next in. 19 needed off 9.
Ankit Rajpoot to Nitish Rana
OUT! Change of fortunes for Kolkata! Low full toss in the line of the stumps, Rana carves it straight to the fielder at point. Narine makes no mistake and Ankit Rajpoot is excited.
Wide! Yorker way down the leg side, Rana lets it go through to the keeper. The umpire signals it as a wide.
2nd Indian T20 League fifty for Nitish Rana!
FOUR! Fifty! Another full toss outside off, Rana pushes that over covers for a boundary. The fielders could not stop it. He is making a mark there.