Rohit Sharma — and not Kieron Pollard — is the Man of the Match for his 49-ball 68 not out.
IPL 2016, MI vs KKR as it happened: Rohit, Pollard fifties help Mumbai win by six wickets
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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.
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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.
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.
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.
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