IPL 2018: MI beat KKR by 102 runs at Eden Gardens

IPL 2018: MI beat KKR by 102 runs at Eden Gardens

A blistering 21-ball 62 by Ishan Kishan, comprised of five fours and six sixes, followed by a collective bowling performance propelled Mumbai Indians to a stunning 102-run win against Kolkata Knight Riders, to help them ascend into the top four for the first time in the Indian Premier League 2018. Mumbai thus continued to keep their qualification hopes alive and buoyant. Kolkata themselves slipped to fifth position based on net run-rate, which took a massive hit.

A commanding win for Mumbai! They continue to thrive under immense pressure. This is their third win in a row, and finally, they appear to get things back on track. They have registered their second biggest win of the Indian T20 League regarding runs and extend their winning streak to eight over Kolkata. The hosts slump to their biggest loss (regarding runs) and are failing to decode the Mumbai challenge.

Such is the margin of the result that MI have climbed past them to the fourth spot. After Mumbai registered the highest IPL total at this venue, it didn't take long for the run-chase to dramatically go off the rails for the hosts. They lost Narine second ball, and then Lynn was run out just when he was finding some rhythm. The run-chase never appeared like taking off, probably down to the psychological wood that Mumbai have on them. As it often happens with big targets, you have to go for the jugular, and in doing that, sometimes it comes off and many times it doesn't. Unfortunately, KKR fell in the second category.

Ishan Kishan took the initiative by putting life into Mumbai's dull inning and compelled Kolkata to recall spinners. Ishan celebrated the crucial fifty-run stand with Rohit with four consecutive sixes that led to his half-century also. The match had taken a turn and Mumbai were in the driver seat. Narine got the better of Ishan after he had inflicted severe damage. Rohit too put up a decent show and contributed with a significant inning. In Mumbai's reply, Kolkata had the task of saving their prestige at home and keep their claim alive for the IPL title. Sunil Narine succumbed early to a short delivery. Kolkata's start went from bad to worst as Chris Lynn was soon run out. Robin Uthappa too fell even before the team could touch the 50-run mark, and the team was on backfoot. Wickets fell at regular intervals, and after captain Dinesh Karthik's wicket, Kolkata was on the verge of another defeat. The tail-enders were just delaying the inevitable. Mumbai emerged victorious by handing Kolkata Knight Riders an embarrassing defeat at their home with a stellar performance in all three departments--batting, bowling and fielding.

Score after 18.1 overs, KKR 108, Prasidh Krishna 1*, Hardik Pandya (2/16), Krunal Pandya (2/12), lose to MI by 102 runs.

MI 210/6 (20 Overs)

KKR 108 All Out (18.1 overs)

Ishan Kishan