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Kolkata Knight Riders implosion against Mumbai Indians continues as they lose the 22nd match as against 6 wins against MI in head to head clashes. While Nitish Rana and Shakib were batting it appeared that kkr were cruising . However the Mumbai Indian bowlers led by Rahul Chahar, never gave up and continued their fightback as first the spinners and then the pacers got into the act to pull off an unlikely win against all odds .
Sent in to back first. Mumbai Indians were all-out for 152 with major contributions coming from Rohit Sharma (43) and SuryaKumar Yadav (56 off 36 balls) as they had a 76 run stand. Rohit looked sound but Surya Kumar looked in great touch hitting boundaries at will. One of his flicked sixes against Prasidh was the shot of the match.
However from 86 for 1 in 10 overs Mumbai slumped to 152 all-out with KKR spinners and Pat Cummins bowling well and restricting the MI score as the Pandya brothers and Pollard looked off colour after Rohit and Surya Kumar were dismissed . Finally Russell in his last two overs picked up 5 wickets for 15 runs as the Mumbai batters were throwing their bats around.
Needing 153 to win, KKR started superbly notching up 45 runs in powerplay 6 overs with both Nitish Rana and Gill batting fluently. Rana looked in superb touch, playing well timed shots and not afraid to play the ball in the air. He used the depth of the crease well to go back and
pull or sweep off the back foot and played magnificent drives. Gill looked in great nick looking gorgeous with his onside shots as KKR moved to 72/0 till 8 over after which Gill’ s(33) dismissal led to more wickets. Rahul Chahar was getting good turn and one of his away going unplayable balls had Tripathy (5) edging to keeper . Later Morgan (7) played an unneccesary lofted shot to be caught in deep. Shakib and Rana however looked to be cruising but at 122/3 till Rana (57) stepped out to Chahar to be stumped and two balls later Shakib committed ” harakiri” to Krunal with another slog in the air whereas ideally they should have been picking up singles and two and clinically finished the game.
At 122/5 the fast bowlers returned and along with Krunal tightened up the game as Russell (9) and Karthiik (8no) looked like two fish taken out of water. They were struggling to meet bat with ball as the MI bowlers resorted to slower balls and cutters making it tough for the batters. Bumrah gave away only 4 runs in penultimate over leaving 15 to get in last over and Boult promptly defended in final over to dismiss Russell and win the match from nowhere.
At 72/0 in 8 overs, all that the KKR batsmen needed to do was to rotate the strike, pick singles and twos and only hit the loose balls. That way they would have easily won the match by 18th over. Instead they went for glory shots.
However it must be said that Mumbai bowlers staged a remarkable recovery choking the kkr batsmen in 2nd half of the innings and winning by 10 runs in a bizarre contest in which KKR team managed to snatch defeat from jaws of victory.
Rahul Chahar (4/27) was the unanimous choice for the man of the match award.
It now remains to be seen what will be the team meeting talk by kkr management post this bizarre defeat to their permanent nemesis the Mumbai Indians.
MI 152/10 (20 Ovs)
Suryakumar Yadav. 56(36)
KKR. 142/7 (20 Ovs)
Nitish Rana. 57(47)
Shubman Gill. 33(24)
Rahul Chahar. 4/27