IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Inflict Heaviest Defeat on Kolkata Knight Riders


Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a stellar performance by 102 runs at Kokalta's Eden Garden on Wednesday. He later got out on 62 in just 21 balls with 5 fours and 6 sixes.

His partnership of 82 runs from 34 balls provided the impetus to MI's innings to score big. Both Rana and Russell got out to short balls and were dismissed with addition of just 19 runs after Uthappa's fall to derail their chase which seemed achievable.

Mumbai have leaped over KKR to 4th spot on the points table.

In reply, KKR lost the edge after Chris Lynn got run out in the fourth over. Rohit Sharma (36, 31b) came out to bat one down in this match.

It was keeper batsman Ishan Kishan (MoM) who changed the direction of the match with an unbelievable innings.

Mumbai's batting in this season has revolved around former KKR batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who is leading the chart as the team's highest run scorer with 399 runs from 10 innings.

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Rohit Sharma (c), Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Mustafizur Rahman, Suryakumar Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Rahul Chahar, Evin Lewis, Saurabh Tiwary, Ben Cutting, Pradeep Sangwan, Jean-Paul Duminy, Tajinder Singh, Sharad Lumba, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Mayank Markande, Akila Dananjaya, Anukul Roy, Mohsin Khan, MD Nidheesh, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne. He later returned with the ball to claim figures of 2/12 in 3.2 overs. Led by West Indian spinner Sunil Narine, KKR's spin battery will again be the key with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav and leggie Piyush Chawla expected to choke the opposition. Their defeat in Sunday's match was their 7th consecutive loss against Mumbai. In the end, it took Sunil Narine and Robin Uthappa to subdue Kishan for 62 runs. Both the duo added 46 runs for the first wicket.

Poor running between the wickets then cost captain Dinesh Karthik, who was run out in another mix-up with Nitish Rana.

Rana tried his best to rescue his team but he was dismissed after scoring just 21 runs nearly at a run-a-ball.

The bulk of Mumbai's runs - 148 - came from boundaries.

Like Krishna, Curran too turned out to be highly expensive, leaking 33 runs in his three overs at an economy rate of 11.

KKR lost Lynn early and never recovered after that. In the entire history of IPL, they have faced each other 22 times where MI has proved its upper hand after winning in 17 games.