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IPL Match 51: Mumbai Indians stay alive with stunning 5 run win over Kolkata Knight Riders

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The Mumbai Indians kept their hopes of making the knock-out rounds of the Indian Premier League alive by picking up a thrilling 5 run win against the Kolkata Knight Riders in a nail-bitting contest at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai tonight.

The Knight Riders won the toss and decided to send Mumbai in. The visitors dominated the early stages of the contest, restricting the Mumbai Indians to barely 100 odd runs in the first 15 overs, but Hardik Pandya produced a gem of an innings late in the game to power Mumbai to a very competitive 171-4 from their 20 overs.

Shakib Al Hasan, who had come into this game to replace Brad Hogg, was the pick of the bowlers for KKR, taking 2-22 from his 4 overs, while Sunil Narine and Morne Morkel chipped in with a wicket each.

KKR were well on top in the game despite a combative 30 from 21 balls from Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma, who was bowled by the ball of the day from Narine.

Pandya though changed the game around dramatically by smashing 61 from just 31 balls to bring Mumbai straight back into the contest.

KKR made a decent start to their run chase with openers Robin Uthappa (25) and Gautam Gambhir (38) giving them another very competitive start. Both men fell to spin with Uthappa being dismissed by Harbhajan Singh, while Suchith bowled Gambhir.

In between, Kolkata also lost Manish Pandey run out for 1.

Yusuf Pathan came out to bat at no.4 and played another responsible innings, and appeared to be taking Kolkata to victory as the Knight Riders went into the final over, needing just 12 to win. Shakib Al Hasan (23 from 15 balls) and Surya Kumar Yadav (11 from 5) had chipped in with some handy boundaries, but Andre Russell (2) had suffered a rare failure.

It came down to Pathan and Piyush Chawla to take KKR past the finish line, but Kieron Pollard, who had yet to bowl in the match was tossed the ball for the final over, and he induced a top edge from Yusuf off the very first ball.

Umesh Yadav struck a boundary and stole a single to bring Chawla on strike, and a wide bowled by the West Indian allrounder meant that KKR needed just 6 runs from 3 balls to win.

Chawla though looked for the big one straight away and failed to make contact with any of the three deliveries that followed as Mumbai sneaked over the line by 5 runs.

The win takes the Mumbai Indians into fourth place, above the Rajasthan Royals on matches won, with the Royals the unfortunate participants of two washed out games. Both teams though still have a game to play. The Kolkata Knight Riders are a point further ahead of the two sides with 15 points from 13 games, and incidentally take on the Royals in their last group encounter. Mumbai still have to face the Sunrisers Hyderabad, who incidentally are also on 14 points.


Kolkata Knight Riders: Robin Uthappa (wk), Gautam Gambhir (c), Manish Pandey, Suryakumar Yadav, Yusuf Pathan, Andre Russell, Shakib Al Hasan, Piyush Chawla, Morne Morkel, Umesh Yadav, Sunil Narine.

Mumbai Indians: Parthiv Patel (wk), Lendl Simmons, Rohit Sharma (c), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Ambati Rayudu, Harbhajan Singh, J Suchith, Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga, R Vinay Kumar.

Mini Scorecard:

Mumbai Indians 171/4 (20 overs, 8.55rpo)

H Pandya 61* (31) S Al Hasan 2-22 (4)

K Pollard 33* (38) M Morkel 1-27 (4)

Kolkata Knight Riders 166/7 (20 overs, 8.30rpo)

Y Pathan 52 (37) K Pollard 1-6 (1)

G Gambhir 38 (29) J Suchith 1-23 (2)

Mumbai Indians win by 5 runs