It looked like Hardik Pandya, the Mumbai Indians bowler already knew how to dismiss the batsman as his send-off indicated that he was working on a plan and it worked quite successfully for him.
Mumbai Indians produced brilliant bowling and fielding performance after Ishan Kishan’s batting pyrotechnics as they thrashed Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs to keep themselves in the hunt for a play-offs berth in the Indian Premier League.
Sent into bat at the Eden Gardens, defending champions MI scored an imposing 210 for 6, riding on 19-year-old Kishan’s 21-ball 62, studded with five fours and six sixes, and then bowled KKR out for 108 in 18.1 overs.
Pandya brothers shared 4 wickets between them. Narine’s wicket in the first over didn’t help KKR’s cause as he was promoted at the top again to score briskly. After a start, Chris Lynn was run out following a mix-up. Left-handed Nitish Rana showed resistance as he smashed a couple of fours and sixes.
The opposition bowlers seemed to have taken note of one of the weaknesses of Nitish Rana – that is the difficulty he faces while playing a bouncer.
Hardik Pandya couldn't resist himself from giving a cheeky send-off to Nitish Rana on tie between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians in IPL 2018. Pandya dismissed Rana of a bouncer, which seems to be one of the most significant weaknesses of the batsman, now. Ben Cutting pouched Rana's attempted hook shot. After taking the wicket, it looked as if Pandya was showing the dressing room route to his former Mumbai Indians mate Rana.
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Last Updated 10, May 2018, 2:55 PM IST