IPL 2017 | Second string Mumbai end KKR’s top-two hopes
Mumbai Indians completed a double over the Knight Riders with a second string team, beating the hosts by 9 runs at the Eden Gardens. Ambati Rayudu (63) and Saurabh Tiwary (52) had set Kolkata a target of 173 but, in reply, KKR could only muster 164 runs after losing wickets on regular occasions.
Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 173/5 ( Ambati Rayudu 63, Saurabh Tiwary 52; Trent Boult 2/30, Ankit Rajpoot 1/14) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 164/8 (Manish Pandey 59, Colin de Grandhomme 29; Vinay Kumar 2/31, Hardik Pandya 2/22) by 9 runs.
In a rain-delayed match, Gautam Gambhir won the toss and keeping the dew factor in mind decided to bowl first. Kolkata’s one change, Trent Boult for Chris Woakes, was dwarfed by the SIX that Mumbai made with Ambati Rayudu, Saurabh Tiwary, Krunal Pandya, Vinay Kumar, Tim Southee, and Mitchell Johnson all coming back into the team.
Sharma and Tiwary steady rocking Mumbai ship
Boult made the most of the opportunity that he had been awarded by dismissing the dangerous Lendl Simmons as early as the third over restricting the visitors to just 18/1 after three overs. Even though the pitch was assisting the pacers, the Mumbai duo of Saurabh Tiwary and Rohit Sharma were finding the gaps well and 12 runs off an Umesh Yadav overtook the score to a respectable 51/1 at the end of the powerplay. Sharma, in particular, appeared to be in good nick as he reached 27 off just 20 balls before being trapped by Ankit Rajpoot. Although two batsmen were already back in the hut, Mumbai
Tiwary and Rayudu get Mumbai to a par score
After the 10-over mark, however, it was a completely different story as Rayudu, playing his first match after his injury layoff, and Tiwary
Mumbai halt KKR’s fast start
Everyone and his pet dog knew that how dangerous Sunil Narine could be once he got going. And just like the doctor ordered, Tim Southee dismissed the pinch hitter for naught on the fourth ball of the first over to get Mumbai off to a perfect start. Gambhir and the big-hitting Chris Lynn, though, scored 30 off the next two overs. But that was just about as good as it got for Kolkata with Gambhir and Robin Uthappa falling in consecutive overs before Lynn, too, was sent packing as the home side were wobbling at 62 with four batsmen back in the dressing room. The incoming Yusuf Pathan signaled his intent early by racing to a 20 off just 6 balls before a mistimed shot to Hardik Pandya at long-on brought an end to his important cameo. Kolkata still looked like favorites, needing just 82 off 60 balls, but the wicket column would have given the table-toppers some hope as the scoreboard reflected a score of 92/5 at the midway point.
Pandey’s efforts in vain as KKR end up in eliminator
Colin de Grandhomme came out to bat and showed Pathan Sr how it was supposed to be done with a couple of boundaries in a row - one square of third man, one fine. Pandey was happy to just rotate the strike to the Kiwi, who was timing the ball beautifully as he brought the required run rate down to just 6.85 with seven overs to go. But in the true IPL manner, Mitchell Johnson bowled a brilliant over giving away just 2 runs before Pandya cleaned out de Grandhomme to end the 16-ball 29 innings. Following the wicket, KKR went into their shell that resulted in the