Rohit Sharma — and not Kieron Pollard — is the Man of the Match for his 49-ball 68 not out.
Rohit Sharma — and not Kieron Pollard — is the Man of the Match for his 49-ball 68 not out.
Powerplay: MI 64/1 to KKR's 59/0— Nikhil (@CricCrazyNIKS) April 28, 2016
Overs 7-16: MI 85/3 to KKR's 71/4
Overs 16-End: MI 29/0 to KKR's 44/1
Always a game of small margins.
Mumbai Indians win by 6 wickets!
Pollard has finished this off in a hurry. He brings up the FIFTY in just 17 balls. What blistering innings. What clean hitting. He smashes one over deep mid-wicket, then over long on and then over long off for three sixes off Unadkat to finish off the match.
Pollard tonite as Mumbai would like him to be. Makes such a big difference to the side!— Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) April 28, 2016
After 16 overs,Mumbai 149/4 ( Rohit Sharma 61 , Kieron Pollard 30)
Pollard might have turned the match around completely. Satish taken to the cleaners. Pollard hammers one over long off, then swings a couple over deep mid-wicket. 23 runs off the 16th over. 26 needed off 24.
49 needed off the last 5 overs now.
After 15 overs,Mumbai 126/4 ( Rohit Sharma 60 , Kieron Pollard 10)
Rohit and Pollard have kept the momentum going despite Buttler's departure. Rohit crunches a cover drive off Russell and then slices one over backward point. Pollard then gets into the act and smashes one over Shakib's head. He then whips one through mid-wicket for the second four of the over. 24 runs and one wicket in the last 3 overs.
OUT! Spectacular effort from Lynn. Buttler departs. JC Buttler c Lynn b Narine 15 (15b 2x4 0x6)
Buttler smashes it like tennis forehand to long off, Lynn leaps in the air, pouches it overhead. He loses his balance but then flicks the ball in the air, gets outside the fence and then comes back in to pouch it. The third umpire after watching multiple replays, gives it out. Superb effort.
Kieron Pollard is the new batsman.
After 12 overs, Mumbai 102/3 ( Rohit Sharma 50 , Jos Buttler 11)
Just when it seemed KKR were looking to maintain stranglehold, Rohit and Buttler released some pressure. Butler at first smashed a cut over backward point for four and then Rohit pulled it over mid-wicket for another one in the over. Rohit then got to his fifty. 24 runs off the last 3 overs.
FIFTY for Rohit! Yet another fifty. This time off 36 balls. Five fours and two sixes in his innings so far. He needs to stay till the end now.
After 9 overs, Mumbai 78/3 ( Rohit Sharma 37 , Buttler )
KKR have pulled this back really well. Two wickets - Rayudu and Krunal in last 3 overs. Shakib, Sathish and Narine have done a really good job giving away a combined 14 runs in the last 3 overs.
OUT! Narine strikes. Krunal back in the hut. KH Pandya b Narine 6 (5b 1x4 0x6)
It's a tad full delivery on middle, a leg cutter that spins back in. Krunal charges down the track and goes for a wild swing but misses. The ball shatters the timber.
OUT! Brilliant catch from Rayudu. A Rayudu c SA Yadav b Shakib Al Hasan 32 (20b 5x4 1x6)
It's a tad full outside off, Rayudu charges down the track and looks to heave, he doesn't connect well, Suryakumar Yadav runs to his right and plucks it out of thin air. He then throws the ball away very quickly. The umpire checks with the third umpire whether Suryakumar was in control of the ball and had it in grasp for a particular amount of time and replays show that Suryakumar Yadav had done really well.
Krunal Pandya strides out to the middle.
After 6 overs, Mumbai 64/1 ( Rohit Sharma 30 , Ambati Rayudu 31)
Rohit and Rayudu turning it on. Rohit smashes a cut off Umesh and then crunches a cover drive for consecutive fours. He then sweeps one through square leg for a four before flicking one off Unadkat over deep square leg for a six. Rayudu then joins party with three fours in the same Unadkat over. 38 runs off the last 3 overs.
After 3 overs, Mumbai 26/1 ( Rohit Sharma 8 , Ambati Rayudu 16)
A mixed start for Mumbai Indians. Unadkat started off with a sharp bouncer off the first ball of the innings, Rohit somehow fended it away. But he hammered the next one, a bouncer, over deep mid-wicket for a six. Umesh then removed Parthiv off the first ball of his spell but Rayudu then made sure Mumbai got the momentum going as he flicked the first one he faced through square leg for four and then hit a four and a six off Shakib.
OUT! Umesh draws first blood. Poor shot from Parthiv. P Patel c Pathan b UT Yadav 1 (2b 0x4 0x6)
It's wide outside off, on the length area. Parthiv chases and goes for a slash but ends up getting an outside edge. Yusuf Pathan at first slip takes a sharp catch moving to his left.
Ambati Rayudu is the new batsman.
KKR have posted 174/5
Bumrah bowled a very good last over but Mumbai's fielding let them down. Another two catches were dropped, off consecutive balls. Southee the culprit on both occasions. Lynn heaved one straight to deep mdi-wicket and Southee fluffed it, then Pathan heaveed it in the same region and Southee again made a mess of it, this time it ran away for four. Pathen then added insult to injury as he hammers one with a pull over mid-wicket. Bumrah gave away just 8 runs off the last over. 18 runs off the last 2 overs.
After 18 overs, Kolkata 156/5 ( Chris Lynn 2 , Yusuf Pathan 9)
Russell has injected the much-needed momentum before departing. A couple of edges for streaky fours. One over the keeper and other over short third man. In between, he smashes one straight back down the ground for four off Bumrah. Southee, however, stops the juggernaut as he cleans up Russell. However, Pathan contines the momentum with a couple of fours off Southee. 30 runs and one wicket off the last 3 overs.
OUT! Sound of the timber. Russell departs. AD Russell b Southee 22 (16b 3x4 0x6)
A timely wicket for Mumbai Indians. Russell was looking dangerous. It's very full on the leg stump. Russell clears his front foot, and swing across the line. He misses and finds his stumps shattered.
Yusuf Pathan is the new batsman.
OUT! Southee sends back Suryakumar Yadav SA Yadav c & b Southee 21 (17b 2x4 0x6)
Short outside off, Suryakumar stays in his crease and looks to pull but it gets big on him and he gets a top edge high in the air. Southee settles under it pouches a good catch.
Chris Lynn is the new batsman.
After 15 overs, Kolkata 126/3 ( Suryakumar Yadav 20 , Andre Russell 4)
Gambhir was starting to look dangerous but then Rohit brought on his trump card and it worked. Gambhir hammered Krunal over mid-wicket for a six and then for a four through the same region to bring up his fifty. He then looked to pull one off McClenaghan but got a top edge to fine leg for four. McClenaghan finally got his man as he had him caught at mid off off a bouncer. Bumrah then bowled a brilliant over and gave away just 4 runs. 25 runs and one wicket off the last three overs.
OUT! McClenaghan provides the much-needed breakthrough. G Gambhir c Pollard b McClenaghan 59 (45b 6x4 1x6)
He kept on bowling short and was rewarded. This times it's outside off, Gambhir, without any feet movement, looks to pull but ends up miscuing it to mid off where Pollard takes a sharp catch turdging backwards.
Andre Russell is the new batsman.
Fifty for Gambhir. He is in rich vein of form. He gets there in style with a six and four over deep mid-wicket. Five fours and a six in his innings so far. Mumbai Indians need a wicket now.
After 12 overs,Kolkata 101/2 ( Gautam Gambhir (C) 42 , Suryakumar Yadav 16)
After 6 overs,Kolkata 59/0 ( Robin Uthappa (W) 33 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 25)
27 runs scored by Kolkata in the next three overs, including two massive sixes by Uthappa. 59 runs are scored by KKR at the end of their powerplay, with Uthappa and Gambhir's decisiveness with the bat looking ominous for Mumbai.
After 3 overs,Kolkata 32/0 ( Robin Uthappa (W) 13 , Gautam Gambhir (C) 19)
Gambhir gets off the mark off the first ball with a single down the ground. Hint of swing for Southee early in the innings. Let us see if he can utilise it to get the early breakthrough or not. Four runs off the first over, including a double off the last ball.
FOUR! Pitched up by McClenaghan, and Gambhir hammers is through the covers! Uthappa and Gambhir deal in singles, and rotate the strike. DROPPED! McClenaghan drops a caught-and-bowled chance that could have seen the back of Gambhir, who mishits the short delivery, for 8.
The third over turns out to be a nightmare for Mumbai, with Southee conceding 17 runs off it, including three boundaries. KKR are off to an ideal start!
MI XI: Rohit (c), Parthiv (wk), Rayudu, Buttler, Hardik, Pollard, Krunal, Harbhajan, Bumrah, Southee, McClenaghan.
KKR XI: Uthappa (wk), Gambhir (c), Surya, Lynn, Shakib, Yusuf, Russell, Sathish, Umesh, Narine, Unadkat.
Mumbai Indians have gone unchanged while two changes for KKR as Chris Lynn, Jaidev Unadkat replace Morne Morkel, Piyush Chawla.
TOSS - Rohit Sharma has won the toss and Mumbai Indians will bowl first.
Hello and welcome to Firstpost's live coverage of the 24th match of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. This will be Wankhede's final fixture for this year's edition, following which Mumbai's home venue will shift to Jaipur.
PREVIEW: Table-toppers Kolkata Knight Riders will aim to extend their winning streak when they come up against defending champions Mumbai Indians in a high-octane Indian Premier League (IPL) clash at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.
Two-time winners Kolkata sit comfortably at the second position of the points table with eight points from five games, having won four and lost just one.
While Mumbai, two-time winners and defending champions, have found some momentum after a slow start to the season and are in the fifth spot with six points from seven games, with three wins and four losses.
Mumbai come into Thursday’s match after thumping victory over Kings XI Punjab. Opener Parthiv Patel (81) led from the front alongside Ambati Rayudu (65) to post a challenging total. The bowlers then put up a good show to register a 25-run victory.
On the other hand, Kolkata also come into the match after clinching a nail-biting contest against Rising Pune Supergiants. Suryakumar Yadav (60) struck a much needed half-century to help the team win by two wickets.
The last time the two sides met in the season at the Eden Gardens, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma smashed match-winning unbeaten 54-ball 84 to steer them to an easy victory.
But on Thursday, it will be a fresh start for both the sides and Mumbai will look to make the best use of the home conditions and climb up the points table.
Rohit, following the match-winning innings at Eden, hasn’t been consistent with the bat and will aim to get back to runs on home turf.
In-form Parthiv, followed by Rayudu, Jos Buttler and all-rounders Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya make a strong batting line-up.
Leading the bowling department, will be experienced New Zealanders Tim Southee and Mitchell McClenaghan, who has been the leading wicket-taker with 11 victims. Young Jasprit Bumrah, the Pandya brothers and off-spin veteran Harbhajan Singh will aim to continue their good show with the ball.
Kolkata as always will rely on openers Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa to fire for them at the top.
The duo has been in superb form lately but once they failed against Pune in the last match, Suryakumar came to team's rescue. Experienced Yusuf Pathan and all-rounders Shakib Al Hasan, Andre Russell, R Sathish will make a competitive batting unit.
The Knight Riders' bowling has also been good in the tournament, with pacers Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Russell and spinners Shakib, Piyush Chawla, Sunil Narine bowling economically and picking up wickets at regular intervals. They will aim to put up a similar show against Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Harbhajan Singh, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Jos Buttler, Kieron Pollard, Corey Anderson, Lasith Malinga, Martin Guptill, Mitchell McClenaghan, Marchant de Lange, Tim Southee, Unmukt Chand, Vinay Kumar, Parthiv Patel, Shreyas Gopal, Nathu Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Ambati Rayudu, Akshay Wakhare, Deepak Punia, Jitesh Sharma, Kishore Kamath, Krunal Pandya, Nitish Rana, Siddhesh Lad.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (c), Kuldeep Yadav, Manish Pandey, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthappa, Sheldon Jackson, Suryakumar Yadav, Umesh Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Brad Hogg, Chris Lynn, Morne Morkel, Shakib Al Hasan, Jaydev Unadkat, Ankit Singh Rajpoot, Jason Holder, Colin Munro, Rajgopal Sathish, Manan Ajay Sharma.
Published Date: Apr 29, 2016 09:16 am | Updated Date: Apr 29, 2016 09:16 am