Mumbai Indians produced a brilliant bowling and fielding performance after Ishan Kishan's batting pyrotechnics as they outclassed Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-offs berth in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday night. While Krunal Pandya was the pick of the bowlers as he returned with figures of two for 12, his brother Hardik Pandya returned with figures of two for 16. Ishan was adjudged as the man of the match for his brilliant innings. For Kolkata, Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana scored 21 each. Earlier, Ishan's 21-ball 62 to power Mumbai Indians to 210/6. Kishan's batting between the 10th and 15th over propelled MI from 62/2 in nine overs to 145/3 after 15 overs. During his innings, Ishan hit five fours and six sixes as he brought up his fifty in 17 balls, the joint second-fastest to reach the milestone with Sunil Narine who also completed his half century in 17 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Ishan and skipper Rohit Sharma (36) strung together a 82-run partnership for the third wicket off just 34 balls. (Scorecard)
In the end, Ben Cutting's 9-ball 24 took MI past 200 as the last over went for 24 runs off Piyush Chawla (3/48). Earlier, openers Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav gave MI a decent start. Lewis was dropped by Kuldeep Yadav (3/43) running backwards from square leg off Prasidh Krishna (1/41) when he was batting on 16. But the 26-year-old Trinidadian could not make the most of the reprieve, getting out in strange fashion trying to pull a loose Chawla delivery with the ball ballooning off the back of his bat to short third man where Chris Lynn took an easy catch.
IPL 2018 highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians match, straight from Eden Gardens
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23:35 IST: Here's a look at the IPL 2018 points table after today's match.
23:31 IST: Mumbai Indians beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs at Eden Gardens.
23:30 IST: OUT! Krunal Pandya takes the last wicket and Kuldeep Yadav departs.
23:27 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 108/9, need 103 runs to win.
23:24 IST: OUT! Tom Curran was looking to attack Krunal but perishes. JP Duminy at the boundary takes an easy catch. Captain Rohit Sharma is really pleased.
23:20 IST: Strategic timeout -- Kolkata Knight Riders 103/8 in 16 overs, need 108 more runs to win.
23:16 IST: Kolkata managed to score only one in the 15th over. This has become a lop-sided affair and Mumbai Indians bowler are to be thanked.
23:12 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 94/8 in 14 overs, need 117 more runs to win.
23:11 IST: OUT! Another one bites the dust. Cutting bowls full and on the pads, Piyush looking to clear the boundary, flicks it straight to Suryakumar Yadav at the boundary. KKR are eight down.
23:08 IST: With every passing ball, KKR are losing the match and giving way to MI to climb up in the IPL points ladder.
23:02 IST: Four! Short delivery from Ben Cutting and Tom Curran gets into position early and pulls him for a boundary.
23:00 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 77/7 in 11 overs, need 134 runs more to win.
22:55 IST: OUT! Jasprit Bumrah bowls a back of a length delivery, Rinku looking to defend, edges the ball back to the keeper. The hint of movement did the trick. KKR 76/7 in 10.2 overs.
22:53 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 72/6 in 10 overs, need more 139 runs to win.
22:51 IST: OUT! Short delivery from Hardik, Rana looking to pull, miscues and sends the ball straight to Ben Cutting in the deep.
22:48 IST: Run-out! Dinesh karthik falls prey to yet another run-out. Rana guided the slower delivery towards backward point and took a few steps out before sending Karthik back. Hardik Pandya collects the ball and takes off the bails in a flash.
22:45 IST: Four! Karthik needs to get on with the game. Tossed up on off and middle from Markande, Karthik bents his back knee and powers the sweep in front of square.
22:42 IST: Six! Flatter delivery from Markande and Rana, on one knee, deposits it over deep mid-wicket.
22:39 IST: OUT! Andre Russell continues to fail to perform with the bat. Slower ball from Hardik Pandya, Russell slaps the ball straight to Markande at cover. KKR are four down in 8 overs.
22:32 IST: OUT! Mayank Makande gets introduced in the attack to give his captain a wicket and he gets one. Robin Uthappa looking to put him in the stands, sends the ball straight to the man at deep mid-wicket. KKR is struggling at the moment.
22:27 IST: Four! Slower delivery from Hardik Pandy and Nitish Rana plays the ball late and guide sit between the keeper and short gully for a boundary. This is brilliant stuff from the left-handed batsman.
22:26 IST: Four! Hardik Pandya, the new bowler, starts off by straying on the leg-side and Rana flicks him past the man at short-fine for a boundary.
22:23 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 39/2 in 5 overs.
22:22 IST: Six! Short delivery from Jasprit Bumrah, the new bowler, and Robin Uthappa pulls him for a maximum towards the deep mid-wicket area.
22:17 IST: Run-out! Robin punches the ball off the backfoot and Lynn calls for a single but Robin rejects the call and sends him back. Suryakumar Yadav threw the ball at the non-striker's end where Krunal takes the bails off and Lynn departs. A big mix-up in the middle.
22:16 IST: Six! Krunal Pandya bowls right in Robin Uthappa's arc and he deposits the ball in the stands. Now he is getting in the act.
22:15 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 25/1 after the third over.
22:13 IST: Four! Short delivery yet again from McClenaghan and Lynn pulls the ball fine for a boundary. Smart cricketing from Lynn.
22:12 IST: Six! Short delivery from McClenaghan and Lynn crunches in on the leg-side for a mammoth maximum. This was absolutely crunched from the middle of the bat.
22:08 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders 12/1 after the first over.
22:07 IST: Four! McClenaghan bowls on the pads and Lynn pulls him away on the leg side for a boundary. So, back-to-back boundaries for Lynn.
22:06 IST: Four! Full and wide from McClenaghan, Lynn looking to down town, miscues and edges it over the short-third man.
22:04 IST: OUT! McClenaghan follows it up with a short delivery. Narine looking to pull, miscues and sends the ball high up in the air only as far as mid-on where Krunal Pandya takes a comfortable catch. Kolkata Knight Riders 41/2 in 0.2 overs.
22:03 IST: First ball FOUR! McClenaghan bowls full and right in Narine's arc, who gets a nice flow of the bat and lifts the ball over cover for a boundary.
22:02 IST: Mitchell McClenaghan opening the bowling for Mumbai Indians.
22:01 IST: Chris Lynn and Sunil Narine opening the batting for Kolkata Knight Riders.
22:00 IST: Welcome back to the chase.
21:46 IST: Mumbai Indians 210/6 in 20 overs vs Kolkata Knight Riders.
21:45 IST: Six! Short delivery from Chawla and Krunal deposits the ball in the crowd. Piyush Chawal must be disappointed.
21:44 IST: OUT! Piyush Chawla strikes again. Cutting attempting the big one, sends the ball high up in the air and Russell at the boundary takes a good, calm catch.
21:43 IST: Four! Full from Piyush Chawla and Cutting slams him for a boundary as the ball races away to the boundary.
21:42 IST: Six! Piyush Chawla starts the last over poorly, back-to-back maximum off him. Ben Cutting has taken the attack to the opposition.
21:40 IST: Last over to go. Mumbai Indians 188/5.
21:38 IST: Six! Shortish delivery from Prasidh and Ben Cutting gets hold of the ball and smokes it for a maximum. Can he strike some more of that?
21:36 IST: OUT! Prasidh Krishna takes the big wicket of Rohit Sharma for 36. Maiden IPL wicket for Prasidh. Slower ball from Prasidh does the trick and Rohit was early in the shot.
21:33 IST: OUT! Hardik Pandya attempting to put a full toss away for a maximum, miscues and Rinku Singh at long-on boundary takes a good catch. Mumbai Indian 177/4 in 18 overs.
21:32 IST: Six! Curran bowls a wide full toss, Hardik reaches for the ball and slices it over third-man for a maximum. A welcome boundary for the Mumbai Indians.
21:29 IST: Six! Tom Curran starts the 18th over with a slower ball and Hardik Pandya says thank you as he deposits the ball in the crowd towards the deep mid-wicket area.
21:27 IST: Six! Rohit Sharma stays deep in the crease as Narine bowls full and slams the ball for a towering maximum on the leg-side. Is Rohit changing gears now?
21:25 IST: Rohit Sharma to face Sunil Narine after the break.
21:21 IST: Strategic timeout -- Mumbai Indians 152/3 in 16 overs (Rohit 26*, Hardik 5*)
21:15 IST: Mumbai Indians 145/3 in 15 overs.
21:13 IST: OUT! One too many shots from Kishan brings his downfall. Kishan, down on one knee, reaches for the ball as he sweeps it for a maximum. But Robin Uthappa at the boundary tales a fine catch. Narine gets the breakthrough.
21:12 IST: Six! Kishan is on a roll here. Spots the fuller delivery from Narine, gets underneath the ball and dispatches it with disdain for a huge maximum.
21:09 IST: Six! Kishan is not stopping now. He ends the over with yet another maximum. Shuffles across the stumps and whips Kuldeep for a flat six towards the deep mid-wicket area.
21:06 IST: Six! Three consecutive maximum for Ishan Kishan off Kuldeep Yadav as he scores his half-century in just 17 balls. First six -- Kuldeep bowls on the leg side, Kishan dances down the wicket and slams him on the leg-side. Second six -- Kishan spotted the flighted delivery, stayed back and pummeled the ball over deep mid-wicket for a maximum. Third six -- Kishan yet again dances down the wicket and clobbers the ball straight down the wicket.
21:04 IST: Four! Three boundaries of the Prasidh Krishna over as he gives away 15 runs. Firstly, Rohit Sharma pummels him for back-to-back boundaries and then Kishan pulls him with immaculate timing to end the over with a boundary.
21:01 IST: Mumbai Indians 97/2 after 12 overs.
21:00 IST: Four! Full and outside off, was probably over pitched and Ishan Kishan pounced on it. Crouches low, reaches out and powerfully cracks it through extra cover.
20:57 IST: Dropped! Full and wide from Russell, Rohit throws his bat at the ball and hits it straight to Nitish Rana at point, who drops a sitter. How costly will this drop prove?
20:52 IST: Four! Chawla pitches the ball in and around middle and leg, Kishan smacks him on the leg-side for a boundary.
20:51 IST: Four! Piyush Chawla strays on the leg side and Kishan just guides it away for a boundary past the man at short fine. Smart cricketing shot from the young batsman.
20:48 IST: Four! Ishan Kishan is taking the attack to the opposition. He reads the ball and reverse sweeps Piyush for a boundary.
20:46 IST: Six! Ishan Kishan dances down the wicket and smokes Kuldeep for a huge, huge maximum.
20:45 IST: Close! Wrong 'un from Kuldeep Yadav catches Rohit Sharma off guard. The ball stops a bit before coming on the bat, Rohit was already in the shot and the ball takes a leading edge towards the left side of the bowler, who dives but could not reach the ball.
20:41 IST: Strategic timeout -- Mumbai Indians 62/2 in 9 overs.
20:40 IST: OUT! Short delivery from Piyush Chawla, Suryakumar pulls the ball straight to Rinku Singh at deep mid-wicket. The pressure did the trick for the home team. Three singles before this wicket. Rohit Sharma at the other end is absolutely furious.
20:37 IST: Kuldeep Yadav concedes eight runs in his second over.
20:36 IST: Four! Lose delivery pitches outside leg and Yadav, down on one knee, sweeps it very fine for a boundary.
20:30 IST: Rohit Sharma is the new man in. Mumbai Indians 47/1 in 6 overs.
20:28 IST: OUT! Piyush Chawla would be thanking his stars that another easy delivery wasn't put away. Lewis pulled the short delivery from Piyush, misses and the ball bumps into his pads goes up and takes an edge off Lewis's bat and goes to Lynn at short third-man. Unlucky for Lewis.
20:26 IST: Four! Piyush Chawal goes full, Yadav makes room and carves him over cover for a one-bounce boundary. This is just beautiful striking from Suryakumar Yadav.
20:25 IST: Four! Piyush Chawla, the new bowler in, starts off with a full toss on the leg-side, Yadav says thank you and guides the ball away for a boundary on the leg-side. Easy pickings for any batsman.
20:23 IST: Dropped! Prasidh bowls a well directed bouncer, Leiws looking to pull, miscued and Kuldeep at mid-wicket runs backward, dives but could not get his hand near to the ball. Lewis gets a reprieve on 18.
20:22 IST: Four! Prasidh bowls full and in and around the off-side, Lewis makes room and slices it over point for a boundary. That is a really good stroke.
20:17 IST: Four! Narine provides a bit of width, Lewis rocks back and punches the ball through the cover. The fielder dives but could not cut off the ball as it raced away to the boundary. Another good over gets undone by a last-ball boundary.
20:15 IST: Sunil Narine, right-arm off break, comes into the attack
20:13 IST: Mumbai Indians 23/0 after the third over.
20:12 IST: Four! Back of a length from Curran, Suryakumar waits and guides the ball past the fielder at slips at the last moment.
20:10 IST: Four! Tom Curran, the new bowler in, gets welcomed with a boundary. Evin Lewis sees the full and outside off ball and throws everything at it. The ball rocketed away for a boundary through the cover.
20:08 IST: Six! Prasidh Krishna's decent over ends with a maximum. Prasidh bowls a juicy half-volley outside off and Suryakumar goes hard at it, swings and edges the ball for a maximum at the third-man region.
20:03 IST: Mumbai Indian 5/0 after the first over.
20:02 IST: Four! Back of a length delivery with a bit of width, Suryakumar Yadav stands tall and slams the ball through the off-side for the first boundary of the night. He goes past the 400-run mark, the most by any uncapped players in the IPL.
20:00 IST: First ball -- Russell bowls full and wide and he gets a hint of swing. Suryakumar Yadav goes ahead with the shot but misses.
19:59 IST: Andre Russell opening the bowling fro Kolkata Knight Riders.
19:58 IST: Alright, it is game time. Evin Lewis and Suryakumar Yadav opening the batting for Mumbai Indians
19:35 IST: Playing XI for both the teams:
Kolkata Knight Riders: Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Mumbai Indians: Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Ishan Kishan (w/k), Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
19:34 IST: Rohit Sharma -- We would have loved to bowl first as well. Nothing changes for us, we'll try to do the same against them. We have been playing good cricket of late and hope to continue.
19:32 IST: Dinesh Karthik -- We are gonna bowl first. It's a good wicket to bat on. Will remain the same. We are two good teams and we expect a good match. We have two changes, Shubman Gill is injured and Rinku Singh comes in. Tom Curran comes in the side.
19:30 IST: Kolkata Knight Riders captain Dinesh Karthik wins toss, opts to bowl against Mumbai Indians at Eden Gardens.
19:15 IST: We are minutes away from the toss, stay tuned.
19:00 IST: Hello and welcome to the live blog of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
One concern for Rohit would be MI's middle order which continued to struggle against KKR and had it not been for Hardik's innovative shots at the end, they would have not managed to post 181 despite getting off to an explosive start. KKR, on the other hand, were not at full strength against MI in their away game, with young pacer Shivam Mavi's injured finger joining the team's long list of injuries this season. Led by West Indian spinner Sunil Narine, KKR's spin battery will again be the key with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and leggie Piyush Chawla expected to choke the opposition.
Karthik has been very consistent with the bat and he would want his other batsmen to stand up and be counted. Nitish Rana has been in fine touch for the purple brigade from the outset while Andre Russell has played a few devastating knocks. Young Shubman Gill, who was sent in to open the batting along with Lynn against MI, could again get the opportunity. In the head-to-head count, MI lead KKR by a long long way at 17-5 in 22 meetings so far. Both teams need a win today in order to keep their chances alive and not leave their fate to other teams.
KKR: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R. Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran.
MI: Rohit Sharma (captain), Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mayank Markande, Mitchell McLenaghan, Mustafizur Rahaman, Jasprit Bumrah, Akila Dananjaya, Ben Cutting, JP Duminy, Rahul Chahar, Sharad Lumba, Adam Milne, Siddhesh Lad, Md Nidheesh, Mohsin Khan, Anukul Roy, Pradeep Sangwan, Tajinder Singh, Aditya Tare, Saurabh Tiwary.