Mumbai pip Knight Riders in thrillerMumbai Indians edged Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a cliff-hanger with a ball to spare in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.
Mumbai Indians edged Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in a cliff-hanger with a ball to spare in the Indian Premier League (IPL) on Sunday.
Hardik Pandya blazed an unbeaten 29 off just 11 balls to get Mumbai to 180-6 for a four-wicket victory, after KKR had posted 178-7. With Mumbai needing 60 off the last four overs, KKR looked to have match in the bag, particularly as they also took the key wicket of Kieron Pollard (17). But Nitish Rana cashed in on a flurry of full tosses from Trent Boult and Ankit Rajpoot (3-37), smashing 50 off 29 balls before he fell with 19 still required off nine deliveries.
Pandya kept his composure in Boult’s last over, helped by poor KKR fielding and a dropped catch to give Mumbai their first victory in the tournament after losing the opener against Rising Pune Supergiant. “Winning the game was important, we’re known for this and we keep people on their toes,” said Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma, who fell to a dubious leg before wicket (LBW) decision for just 2.
Manish Pandey’s brilliant unbeaten 81 off 47 balls had helped KKR to a solid total. Pandey hammered New Zealand’s Mitchell McCleneghan for 23 runs in the last over of the innings—which featured two sixes and two fours. “We panicked a little in the end with the misfield and the dropped catch,” KKR skipper Gautam Gambhir said.
“There was a bit of dew on the ground that didn’t make it easy for spinners either, but we needed to hold our nerves in the end.”
Mumbai Indians 180-6 in 19.5 overs (N Rana 50, P Patel 30; A Rajpoot 3-37, S Narine 1-22) beat KKR 178-7 in 20 overs (M Pandey 81*, C Lynn 32; K Pandey 3-24, L Malinga 2-36) by four wickets
Man-of-the-match: N Rana (Mumbai Indians)