Until the last over of the game, Kolkata Knight Riders had hopes of pulling off the game but in the end, Hardik Pandya denied them a chance as he defended 14 runs successfully to drive his team home and ensure the first ranking for Mumbai Indians in the tournament.
Chasing a big target of 174, Kolkata did not have a good start as they lost the wicket of Sunil Narine in the very first over. The pair of Gautam Gambhir and Chris Lynn though shared 41 runs for the second wicket but a total of three quick wickets followed, which was a big blow for the side.
Post that, there were two strong attempts by KKR to chase the target but both were in vain.
First attempt was from Yusuf Pathan, who performed a cameo of 20 runs off just seven balls to keep the hopes of the team alive but it was just a short-lived hope for them.
Next attempt was made by Manish Pandey who failed to pounce upon two chances provided to him. First, the batsman was caught by wicketkeeper but umpire adjudged him not out. Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma was also surprised by this but the umpire had made his decision.
He was given second chance when Suchith dropping him but batsman failed even after two chances and failed to carry Kolkata past the winning total.
It was a surprising loss for KKR as it was the home side that won the toss and invited Mumbai to bat first. Batting seemed to be easy for Mumbai as Battin first, the Mumbai side did not have best of the starts as the in-form batsman Lendl Simmons was dismissed without troubling the scorers. Mumbai was one down for just 12 but then, Saurabh Tiwary and Rohit Sharma held team;s innings and shared 57 runs for the second wicket to steer the team ahead.
The second wicket pair of Saurabh Tiwary and Rohit Sharma held team’s innings and shared 57 runs for the second wicket to steer the team ahead. It was Rohit’s innings of 27 that was the highlight as the batsman was making merry at his favourite ground and once it looked like now he will score a big one but the Mumbaikar was trapped in front of stumps by Ankit Rajpoot.
The comeback man Ambati Rayudu came to the crease and presented his fitness. The batsman did not just batted to perfection but also show that he is fully fit and is all set to retain the pace. Rayudu was timing the ball perfectly and he played a spectacular inning so 63 off just 37 deliveries. Meanwhile, Tiwary was also doing his job and scored a half century.
Both were looking for a big score but an utter piece of miscommunication between two saw Tiwary getting run-out. Tiwary did not respond to call of Rayudu and a late realisation to run saw Tiwary being run out. But Rayudu continued to play good shots and helped Mumbai to end innings on 173.
With this win, Mumbai has retained their top spot in points table whereas Kolkata will now have to play eliminators.
Here is video of Rohit Sharma registering his disappointment to umpire –
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