IPL: Ishan, bowlers power MI to 102-run win over KKR
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.
Krunal Pandya and his brother Hardik returned with figures of 2/12 and 2/16 respectively while all the other five MI bowlers took a wicket each as they excelled as a bowling unit.
Mumbai Indians have now jumped to fourth spot with 10 points from 11 matches. KKR also have the same 10 points from 11 matches, but they are below Mumbai at fifth spot, due to inferior net run rate.
Chasing an imposing target of 211, KKR suffered a batting collapse under some fine bowling and fielding show by MI who needed a win to keep afloat in the tournament.
Chris Lynn and Nitish Rana top-scored with 21 each while all the other KKR batsmen came a cropper. Their highest partnership was 31 between Lynn and Uthappa (14) for the second wicket.
KKR made a disastrous start to their run chase as Sunil Narine (4) was out in the second ball, top-edging a Mitchell McClenaghan short delivery to Krunal Pandya. Lynn and Uthappa was going strong for some time. But a horrible mixed up in the fourth over led to Lynn being run out as the home side were reduced to 32 for two.
The two wickets meant KKR were lagging behind in the powerplay overs as they could score just 47 from the first six overs at the expense of two wickets.
Uthappa was the third batsman to go as he hit straight to Suryakumar Yadav at deep midwicket off a Mayank Markande delivery in the seventh over and Andrew Russell followed suit the next over, after being deceived by a Hardik Pandya slow delivery.
KKR were in deep trouble by then with half of their batting line up gone in the ninth over for just 67 runs. Captain Dinesh Karthik (5) could not extricate his side and he was run out in the 10th over.
Earlier, Ishan smashed a 17-ball half-century as MI overcame a slow start to post an imposing 210/6.
Ishan tore apart KKR bowling, especially Kuldeep Yadav who was clobbered for four consecutive sixes, en route to his 21-ball 62 (5×4, 6×6) as MI scripted a turnaround in the middle overs.