Mumbai: Mumbai Indians edged out Kolkata Knight Riders by 13 runs here on Sunday to keep their play-off hopes alive in IPL-11. The tried and tested opener, who bowled his quota of four overs during Mumbai's innings wasn't feeling too well and subsequently couldn't open the innings for the visitors.
It was nearly a do or die clash for the Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium against purple and gold army Kolkata Knight Riders. Contrary to popular belief, the Rohit Sharma lead side went onto win their match after restricting KKR to 168. Mumbai got the right start as Surya Kumar Yadav and Evin Lewis put together 91 runs in nine overs.
In the end overs, Hardik Pandya batted well and scored 35 runs in 20 balls. After Krunal Pandya's heroics in the last match, it was the turn of the younger Pandya to shine today. Yadav (59 off 39) continued his rich run with a fourth fifty of the tournament before Pandya (35 not out off 20) plundered the KKR attack to nudge the hosts to 181 for four.
They are Virat Kohli (4775 runs), Suresh Raina (4801 runs), Rohit Sharma (4438 runs), Gautam Gambhir (4217 runs) and David Warner (4014 runs).
For KKR to win this match, they needed a couple of batsmen to stand up to the occasion.
Brief scores: MI 181/4 in 20 ovs (Suryakumar 59, Lewis 43, Hardik 35 n.o; Russell 2/12, Narine 2/35) bt KKR 168/6 in 20 ovs (Uthappa 54, Rana 31, Karthik 36 n.o; Hardik 2/19).
Bowling: McClenaghan 4-0-30-1, Bumrah 4-0-34-1, Hardik 4-0-19-2 (1w), Krunal 3-0-29-1, Markande 3-0-25-1, Cutting 2-0-23-0.
"We need to learn from this, it's our ninth game, the bowlers are doing well but the batsmen, including me, haven't performed well enough".
KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik defended his decision to not call upon Russell or Johnson for the final over, after suffering a 13-run defeat.
Two balls later the Pandya brothers combined to dismiss Shubnam Gill, as the Knight Riders opener was caught off Hardik's first ball by Krunal at mid-off.
The first drop was by Mayank Markande off Hardik Pandya in the PowerPlay to give Robin Uthappa a reprieve.
However, Kolkata lost the wickets of Uthappa and then Nitish Rana shortly before.