The Mumbai Indians defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders mercilessly by a massive margin of 102 runs at the Eden Gardens last night. With their fourth consecutive win, MI has achieved the near-impossible and has turned the stakes around this season. This win has pushed them up to fourth place, making them almost eligible for the upcoming playoffs. From being placed at the bottom of the table, they have clawed their way upwards and last night was their most successful encounter yet.
MI bowled out KKR in 18.1 overs for 108. They set a gigantic target of 211 runs and KKR could not even come close to outclassing them. Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis opened for the team, as usual, to start off the game at a fast pace. Sunil Narine was sent in during powerplay to cage the Mumbai batsmen and that he definitely did. Although MI had a flying start, they managed only 62/2 in nine overs – a moderate score. Ishan Kishan then came into power MI to 210 with a quick half-century along with Rohit Sharma’s 36 off 31 and Ben Cutting’s 24 off 9.
KKR, on the other hand, lost Narine almost immediately to Mitchell McClenaghan. Chris Lynn attempted to build a good foundation for his team but was run out by Yadav. Robin Uthappa came in only to be dismissed in Mayank Markande’s first over. KKR only managed 51 for 3 in seven overs. They lost wickets too frequently and couldn’t tolerate the required run rate to reach the target. It was almost too easy for the MI as all their threats left the field quietly without causing any massive damage including Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik. The Pandya brothers took two wickets each, accelerating the win for the Rohit Sharma-led side.
This massive win has pushed KKR out of the game for the playoffs. They will have to work hard to get their spot back in the top four with MI’s present net run rate. KKR will be playing against KXIP on Saturday at Punjab while MI will be facing another team looking to make a comeback – the Rajasthan Royals – on Sunday at their home base.