Krunal Pandya and Mayank Markande took two wickets each as Mumbai Indians (MI) defeated Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018 encounter in Kolkata on Wednesday. Chasing a mammoth total of 211, KKR kept losing wickets at regular intervals and Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana were the only batsmen with 20-plus scores. Earlier, Ishan Kishan slammed a brilliant half century in just 17 balls to take MI to 210/6. He was well supported by Rohit Sharma (36 off 31 balls) and Ben Cutting (24 off 9 balls) while Piyush Chawla was the pick of KKR bowlers with 3/48. Thanks to the victory, MI are in the fourth position thanks to a better run rate with KKR falling to fifth. Follow highlights of Kolkata Knight Riders vs Mumbai Indians, IPL 2018 here. (SCORECARD | STREAMING)
23:47 hrs IST: Ishan Kishan is the man of the match for his brilliant innings.
23:39 hrs IST: “200 is always a big ask. We didn’t bat well enough. If we had held on to our catches, you never know. It was a good batting wicket. When you lose wickets in the powerplay, you are always playing catch up” – Dinesh Karthik said after the match.
23:34 hrs IST: This was the fifth win for Mumbai Indians and they are now in the fourth position – one above Kolkata Knight Riders thanks to a better run rate.
23:30 hrs IST: Second wicket for Krunal Pandya and that is the end of the game. Mumbai Indians have defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 102 runs.
23:24 hrs IST: Finally Tom Curran’s innings comes to end and a wicket for Hardik Pandya as Kolkata Knight Riders are 106 for the loss of nine wickets.
23:20 hrs IST: Four for Tom Curran on the final ball of the over and Kolkata Knight Riders are 103 for the loss of eight wickets.
23:17 hrs IST: 15 overs gone. Kolkata Knight Riders are 95 for the loss of eight wickets.
23:13 hrs IST: Kuldeep Yadav is the new batsman and KKR are just delaying the inevitable right now. This will be a huge loss for the hosts and they need to bounce back fast from their setback. KKR 89/8
23:06 hrs IST: Tom Curran and Piyush Chawla was playing well, but Chawla went for the big one and was caught off the bowling of Ben Cutting. KKR are 88 for the loss of eight wickets.
22:59 hrs IST: End of the 11th over and Kolkata Knight Riders are 77 for the loss of 7 wickets. An absolute horror show by the KKR batsmen and if MI win today, they are at a better position to reach the play-offs.
22:54 hrs IST: Rinku Singh is the latest victim of Jasprit Bumrah as he is caught behind for 5. KKR 76/7 and it is almost game over for the hosts.
22:48 hrs IST: Absolute horror show at Eden Gardens. Dinesh Karthik threw away his wicket and Nitish Rana followed suit with a horrible shot off the bowling of Hardik Pandya. KKR 67/6
22:43 hrs IST: Dinesh Karthik and Nitish Rana – this is the last hope for Kolkata Knight Riders. The skipper got a boundary in the over and now KKR need 144 runs in 66 balls.
22:40 hrs IST: Spoke too soon. A wild hit from Russell and that’s the end of the Windies all-rounder’s innings as he is caught by Markhande at extra cover. KKR in serious trouble as they are 54/4 after 8 overs.
22:38 hrs IST: Tidy over from Hardik Pandya and pressure is mounting on the hosts. They now need 157 runs in 73 balls and it will take a special innings from someone for KKR to win. Kolkata Knight Riders 54/4
22:35 hrs IST: Andre Russell is the new batsman for Kolkata Knight Riders and he played Markhande carefully as Kolkata Knight Riders eeach 52/3 after 7 overs.
22:32 hrs IST: OUT! Uthappa also ended up gifting his wicket as he tried to hit Markhande for a six but was caught by Suryakumar Yadav at the mid-wicket boundary. KKR 49/3
22:30 hrs IST: STAT ATTACK - Robin Uthappa has caused a run-out 18 times while batting in his IPL career. This is the fourth highest by any player with Rohit Sharma topping the charts with 22.
22:24 hrs IST: Uthappa and Nitish Rana are slowly forming a good partnership and this is exactly what KKR needs. Two boundaries for Rana as the score becomes 47/2 after 6 overs for Kolkata Knight Riders.
22:18 hrs IST: A blunder by Chris Lynn and it results in a run out! The Aussie departs due to a mix-up and Kolkata Knight Riders lose their second wicket. KKR 26/2
22:16 hrs IST: Chris Lynn is in prime form as he slams Mitchell McClenaghan for a six and a four. 3 overs gone, Kolkata Knight Riders are 25/1.
22:12 hrs IST: Krunal Pandya gets the second over and concedes just 2 runs. Tidy over from the spinner as Kolkata Knight Riders are 14/1 after 2 overs.
22:06 hrs IST: Three boundaries in the over despite Narine’s wicket. KKR 12/1 after the first over.
21:49 hrs IST: End of the innings and Krunal Pandya slams the final ball for a six as Mumbai Indians reach 210/6 and they will be really happy with their performance.
21:44 hrs IST: Two sixes, one four and wicket! What an over! Ben Cutting slammed Piyush Chawla for 16 runs in the first three balls but ended up giving away his wicket! MI 204/6
21:40 hrs IST: Six off the very first delivery for Ben Cutting! However, not much luck after that as Mumbai Indians are 188/5 after 19 overs.
21:36 hrs IST: Wicket for Prasidh Krishna! A miscue from Rohit Sharma as he ended up giving an easy catch to Robin Uthappa. Mumbai Indians are 178/5 after 18.2 overs.
21:32 hrs IST: Two sixes in the over for Hardik Pandya but he was unable to connect properly on the last ball. He messed up the shot completely and was caught in the deep by Rinku Singh. MI 177/4
21:27 hrs IST: A good over from Sunil Narine but Rohit Sharma still got a six over square leg. He moves on to 35 as Mumbai Indians are 162 for the loss of three wickets.
21:21 hrs IST: Tom Curran produced a good over and the biggest controversy was a no-ball decision. The replays showed that there was no overstepping and the KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik was not happy with the decision. KKR 152/3
21:16 hrs IST: It was an important wicket for Kolkata Knight Riders, but Mumbai Indians will be mighty happy with their position right now. Perfect time for Hardik Pandya to unleash his attacking brand of cricket. MI 147/3
21:13 hrs IST: Another six for Ishan Kishan but the next attempt did not go according to plan. He wanted to get another maximum over fine leg, but the ball was caught on the line by Robin Uthappa. MI 144/3
21:10 hrs IST: 6,6,6,6 – What a knock by Ishan Kishan. The youngster slammed Kuldeep Yadav for four consecutive sixes and in the process, reached his half century in just 17 balls. After 14 overs, Mumbai Indians are 137 for the loss of 2 wickets.
21:04 hrs IST: Easy pickings for Ishan Kishan and Rohit Sharma as they scored 15 off the Prasidh Krishna over. Rohit started the onslaught with boundaries through thirdman and mid-wicket while Kishan slammed it through fine leg. MI 112/2
20:59 hrs IST: Well, it just got worse for Kolkata Knight Riders. They missed the catch and Ishan Kishan got a boundary off the last ball. Mumbai Indians 97/2 after 12 overs.
20:56 hrs IST: Another life for Rohit Sharma. It was a straight catch for Nitish Rana at point but he dropped the Mumbai Indians skipper once again! This is pathetic fielding by the hosts. MI 92/2
20:51 hrs IST: An expensive over from Piyush Chawla. Ishan Kishan targeted the gap between square leg and mid-wicket and he ended up getting three boundaries. MI 86/2
20:47 hrs IST: Adding insult to injury! First, the chance went begging and Ishan Kishan slammed the ball for a huge six over long-on two deliveries later. MI 72/2
20:45 hrs IST: A leading edge from Rohit Sharma but the ball was just away from Kuldeep Yadav’s reach. Huge chance for KKR to get the MI skipper. MI 65/2
20:41 hrs IST: Huge wicket for Kolkata Knight Riders. Suryakumar Yadav miscued the shot and was caught in the deep by Rinku Singh. Second wicket for Piyush Chawla as Mumbai Indians are 62/2 after 8 overs.
20:37 hrs IST: Suryakumar Yadav is playing another brilliant innings as he moves to 36 from 30 balls. He got another boundary off Kuldeep Yadav and after 8 overs, Mumbai Indians are 59 for the loss of one wicket.
20:33 hrs IST: Sunil Narine continues to keep Mumbai Indians batsmen guessing as he gave away just four runs in that over. Good comeback by Kolkata Knight Riders as MI are 51/1 after 7 overs.
20:29 hrs IST: Quite an eventful over from Piyush Chawla. A four and a six for Suryakumar Yadav, but the leg spinner was able to claim the wicket of Evin Lewis. MI 47/1
20:27 hrs IST: Unlucky for Evin Lewis! He wanted to play it on the leg side, but the ball took his top edge and Chris Lynn completed an easy catch at short fine-leg. MI lose their first wicket as they are 46/1 after 5.4 overs.
20:23 hrs IST: Interesting battle going on between Evin Lewis and Prasidh Krishna. The medium pacer was slammed for a boundary through covers but he made a brilliant comeback to beat him on two occasions. MI 37/0
20:18 hrs IST: Finally a quiet over from Kolkata Knight Riders. Dinesh Karthik gave the ball to Sunil Narine and he conceded just six runs in his first over. However, still a steady start for Mumbai Indians. MI 30/0
20:14 hrs IST: Tom Curran bowled the third over and the Mumbai Indian openers took advantage of his pace. Lewis and Yadav both got a boundary each as MI are looking quite comfortable. MI 24/0
20:09 hrs IST: Prasidh Krishna started well but a six on the last ball was exactly what Suryakumar Yadav needed. The ball was a short one and he heaved it over third-man for a maximum. MI 13/0
20:03 hrs IST: A tidy over from Andre Russell. Yadav did get a boundary but the Windies all-rounder was able to keep the in-form batsman quiet. MI 5/0
19:59 hrs IST: Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis to open the innings for Mumbai Indians. For Kolkata Knight Riders, the first over will be bowled by Andre Russell.
19:55 hrs IST: A win today for Kolkata Knight Riders will make their way to the IPL play-offs quite easy. They will need to win just one more game to guarantee their spot in the knockout stages.
19:50 hrs IST: Eden Gardens is a special venue for Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma. Rohit has a world record score of 264 in One-day Internationals here in 2014 made while coming back from a finger injury, a Test ton worth 177 and two IPL titles won on this ground.
19:44 hrs IST: No changes for Mumbai Indians. At the toss, skipper Rohit Sharma had this to say – “I think we are playing with the same squad as it’s important to back the guys. We have been playing some good cricket of late and hope to come up with a good performance again.”
19:37 hrs IST: Two changes for Kolkata Knight Riders – Shubman Gill is injured and Rinku Singh comes in. Tom Curran is in for Mitchell Johnson.
19:35 hrs IST: A look at the two playing XIs –
Kolkata Knight Riders (Playing XI): Chris Lynn, Sunil Narine, Robin Uthappa, Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik(w/c), Rinku Singh, Andre Russell, Piyush Chawla, Tom Curran, Prasidh Krishna, Kuldeep Yadav
Mumbai Indians (Playing XI): Suryakumar Yadav, Evin Lewis, Rohit Sharma(c), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jean-Paul Duminy, Ishan Kishan(w), Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Mayank Markande, Jasprit Bumrah
19:32 hrs IST: Kolkata Knight Riders won the toss and they have decided to field against Mumbai Indians.
19:26 hrs IST: Time for some weather news – There were forecasts of showers in the afternoon, but they have cleared out ahead of the game. The pitch again is expected provide good pace and bounce, something the batsmen will enjoy.
19:19 hrs IST: Chris Lynn said his shoulder’s not at 100% but isn’t coming in the way of batting with freedom. “I was a little apprehensive at the start but that’s gone now.” And though there wasn’t any word on the injured Shivam Mavi, the young pace bowler was at the nets on Tuesday.
19:09 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders have five IPL titles between them but going into Wednesday’s match, MI lead the head-to-head 17-5. The record for the last seven games is 7-0 in favour of Rohit Sharma’s side.
19:01 hrs IST: Mumbai Indians have won their last two games (against Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab) and they are unlikely to make a change to their winning combination.
18:53 hrs IST: Shivam Mavi picked up a finger injury in the clash against Chennai Super Kings and was forced to sit out of the game in Mumbai. It looks unlikely that he will be part of the team today.
18:45 hrs IST: Hello and welcome to the Indian Premier League encounter between Kolkata Knight Riders and Mumbai Indians.
When the two teams met each other earlier in this competition, MI emerged victorious and they enjoy a brilliant 17-5 advantage over KKR when it comes to head-to-head record.
After putting up a challenging 181/4, MI’s disciplined bowling restricted KKR to 168/6 to keep themselves alive in the tournament. Mumbai will now need to win all their remaining four games if they want to be in the top four at the end of the league stage.