Mumbai Indians won by 13 runs, Hope of reaching the playoffs

Mumbai Indians won by 13 runs, Hope of reaching the playoffs

Mumbai Indians (181-4) choked Kolkata Knight Riders (168-6) to win by 13 runs courtesy Hardik Pandya's all-round effort.

The likes of New Zealander Mitchell McClenaghan Hardik Pandya, who leaked over 20 runs in the final over against Punjab, have failed to keep it tight.

But his opening partner, West Indian Evin Lewis has disappointed and will need to step up against KKR whose spin trio of Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla and Sunil Narine can be very risky.

KKR are sitting comfortably in the third position and Dinesh Karthik's side will be full of confidence coming into the game after registering a facile victory against the mighty Chennai Super Kings at the Eden Gardens.

For KKR to win this match, they needed a couple of batsmen to stand up to the occasion.

Kolkata began their chase with a dash and, despite losing two quick wickets, were on course thanks to an 84-run stand between Nitish Rana and Uthappa. Mumbai, on the other hand, registered their fourth win in 10 games. Having been pinged on his glove by a short Hardik ball, he mistimed a pull off the next and picked out Mayank Markande at mid-on.

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The all-rounder used the slower delivery to good effect with his very first ball to dismiss Kolkata opener Shubman Gill and should have had a second but Markande dropped a sitter off Uthappa.

The 21-ball 56-run blitzkrieg between Krunal Pandya and Rohit Sharma in Indore is history and MI will next need to tame KKR, who have a reputation of being fierce opponents, at the Wankhade Stadium.

Yadav made his intentions clear by hammering debutant Prasidh Krishna for a boundary. However, he disappointed as Sunil Narine accounted for him in the 12th over. Suryakumar added 91 runs in just over nine overs for the first-wicket with Lewis before the West Indies batsman was dismissed by Andre Russell. The victory may not have bettered its fifth place in the standings but it enabled Rohit Sharma's men to break away from the four-team block that was tied at six points apiece.

Yadav and Lewis, who got a life on '38′, continued their brutal assault as the hosts raced to 82/0 in just eight overs. Evin Lewis was too was handy with 43 runs from 28 balls.

Lewis struck five fours and two sixes in his knock. KKR won the toss and elected to bowl and invited the hosts to bat. The run rate slid off a bit but Mumbai had enough overs left to bring it back on track.

Krunal (14) also did not contribute much as he gave a sitter to Shubhman Gill off Narine. However, Hardik's cameo ensured Kolkata had a stiff total to chase.

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