In a must win match, Mumbai came out with an intent that showed how hungry they were for a win and to remain in the tournament.
Batting first, Mumbai had a good start. Suryakumar and Lewis started off well for Mumbai. Lewis got out after scoring just 18 off 13 balls. Suryakumar then had a good partnership with captain Rohit and took Mumbai to 62 at the end of 9th over, before getting out to Piyush Chawla. His departure saw the young sensation, Ishan Kishan walk in. He was in a different mood today. He started hitting from ball 1. His brilliance with the bat took Mumbai to a score that was completely unbeatable.
Riding on the back of his lightening 21-ball 62, Mumbai set up a total of 210 in their 20-overs. Cutting too played a very important inning towards the end. He thrashed the bowlers and scored a quick 9-ball 24, hitting 1 four and 3 sixes.
For KKR, Chawla was the pick of the bowlers. Though he conceded 48 runs in his 4 overs, he also picked up 3 important wickets of Suryakumar, Lewis and the dangerous Ishan Kishan.
Chasing 210, KKR didn’t have a good start. Narine got out in the first over itself. Lynn and Uthappa did try to build the innings and did succeed to some extent before they had a miserable mix up. Uthappa called for a run, Lynn reach the other end and Uthappa eventually kept standing. Uthappa ran Lynn out. Soon after, he departed too. He was caught by Suryakumar on the mid-wicket boundary. And it added to KKR’s misery.
Chasing a total of 210, no batsman in KKR’s batting line even reached a score of 30.
All credits to Mumbai’s bowlers, KKR were wrapped up for a score of 108 in 18.1 overs. Pandya brothers picked up 2 wickets each, giving away just 29 runs in the 6.1 overs they shared between them.
Ishan Kishan was named the Player of the Match for his outstanding display of skill and unreal power hitting which set the tone for Mumbai.
Mumbai Indians are now very much back in the tournament. They are now sitting at the 4th position with a run rate of 0.46.