Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Ruben Hill

All-rounder Pandya keeps champions Mumbai afloat in IPL

All-rounder Pandya keeps champions Mumbai afloat in IPL

The result: Mumbai Indians 4-181 (Suryakumar 59, Russell 2-12) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders 6-168 (Uthappa 54, Hardik 2-19) by 13 runs.

Kolkata suffered a blow when Chris Lynn departed early after hitting two consecutive boundaries off Mitchell McClenaghan. And Kolkata Knight Riders too have beaten Kings XI Punjab 14 times.

Although the position of both the teams remains same after the end of this match, with KKR and MI remaining at 4 and 5 number, MI's hope of making it to qualifiers is inching closer.

The openers: After shuffling their order throughout the series, Mumbai have finally settled on Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Evin Lewis (43) at the top, with brilliant results so far. After the solid foundation, Hardik provided a final flourish by hitting 35 off 20 balls. After Krunal Pandya's heroics in the last match, it was the turn of the younger Pandya to shine today.

Mumbai: Perennial slow starters Mumbai Indians are on course for a trademark late-season charge into the Indian Premier League (IPL) playoffs, thanks largely to some impressive performances by all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Andrew Russel took two important wickets of Yadav and Lewis and ended his spell excellently with 12 for 2 in 2 overs.

For KKR to win this match, they needed a couple of batsmen to stand up to the occasion. However, once Uthappa (54 off 35 balls) and Nitish Rana (31) were sent back in quick succession, KKR were back in familiar territory.

Bye bye Delhi Daredevils! "In cricket, bowlers can claim wickets with loose deliveries as well, but they can go wicketless even if they bowl well, so I can't really comment. It is a challenge and I would love to take it and if it comes off, I would be proud of myself", Hardik speaks, wearing the purple cap; quietly having picked up 14 wickets in the tournament, with all the attention on his batting. Skipper Dinesh Karthik played a valiant knock of 36 runs for KKR. Yadav and Lewis, who got a life on "38", continued their brutal assault as the hosts raced to 82/0 in just eight overs. Things could have gotten worse for Kolkata had Mayank Markande not dropped Robin Uthappa at mid-on.

But Markande broke through in the 13th over when Uthappa holed out in the deep to Cutting and Hardik dismissed Rana in the next over to reduce Kolkata to 115-4.

Like this: