The Mumbai Indians kept their Indian Premier League ambitions alive with a five run win over the Kolkata Knight Riders at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday. The Knight Riders won the toss and opted to field. The hosts had 29 runs on the board from the first four overs before the first wicket fell, after Parthiv Patel’s attempted field clearance at deep mid-wicket was caught by Manish Pandey.
Lendl Simmons was the next batsman to depart, having only added 14 runs. Ambati Rayudu (2) cameoed before Kieron Pollard joined Rohit Sharma at the crease as Mumbai were still searching for an effective partnership, and they seemed to have found it as Sharma and Pollard combined well to add 38 runs before Sharma (30) was bowled out by Sunil Narine (79/4). The loss of the captain brought Hardik Pandya (61) to the crease alongside Pollard (33) and the pair finished unbeaten as they produced a dazzling batting display, which included eight boundaries and two sixes from Pandya to complete their 20 overs with a score of 171/4.
Robin Uthappa and Gautam Gambhir started the chase for the Knight Riders and raced to a 45-run partnership before the visitors lost two wickets from three deliveries as Uthappa (25) was dismissed by Harbhajan Singh and Manish Pandey (1) was run out by Simmons. Gambhir (38) became the third wicket to fall in the 11th over after being bowled by Jagadeesha Suchith (88/3). Yusuf Pathan and Shakib Al Hasan formed the new partnership in the centre for Trevor Bayliss’ men, with Hasan racing to 23 before departing at the hands of Vinay Kumar.
The Knight Riders lost two more wickets as they needed 27 runs to win from the remaining three overs. Pathan (52) and Umesh Yadav (5 not out) put on a spirited effort near the end but it wasn’t enough as Mumbai won the match by five runs.