Mumbai Indians defeat KKR by 102 runs, climbs to top-four

KKR, on the other hand, slid to fifth after spending considerable time in the top half of the league.

With three wins in a row, Mumbai have sprung up to fourth place in the IPL standings and the dire situation has suddenly reversed itself. He keeps telling me 'you can take time. He started hitting from the word go and smashed the bowlers all around the park.

Suryakumar Yadav and Evin Lewis opened the innings but it was wicketkeeper/batsman Ishan Kishan who stole the show. Kishan even hit Sunil Narine for a six next over but fell the ball after, caught at the boundary rope.

They used more short stuff at Eden Gardens and earned four wickets to those lengths. Both the duo added 46 runs for the first wicket.

He was far from the only Mumbai player to clear the ropes - they hit 14 sixes in total, including a one-handed slice from Hardik Pandya in the 18th over. His only victim turned out to be Chawla as well.

Skipper Rohit Sharma, however, hopes his team will change its habit. When the Kolkata batting innings began, they were literally demolished. Meanwhile, the Knight Riders have a couple of days to lick their wounds before taking on fellow playoff hopeful Kings XI Punjab in Indore on Saturday.

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But the 26-year-old Trinidadian could not make the most of the reprieve, getting out in odd fashion trying to pull a loose Chawla delivery with the ball ballooning off the back of his bat to short third man where Chris Lynn took an easy catch. It was 20 runs over par which made a lot of difference. He bowled his usual tight line and lengths, mixed with the occasional yorkers and slower deliveries. I've played him earlier as well.

Chawla had done every thing right until he was asked to bowl the last over. Piyush was the most successful bowler for KKR with his match figures of 4-0-48-3.

The day belonged to Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper Kishan. Pandya has also replaced Kishan at number four, doing quite well as a pinch-hitter there.

Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik, Rinku Singh, all departed for 2, 5 and 5 respectively. The last phase before the eliminators, when Mumbai truly come into their own.

Batsman of the MatchIshan Kishan who scored 62 off just 21 deliveries at a staggering strike rate of 295.23 is without doubt the "Batsman of the Match". Lynn sprinted halfway down the pitch - only to be sent back - and with that, KKR had lost both openers. They have won their last two games, and are on their way to possibly having another. His wicket pushed Kolkata into a deeper hole with the scoreboard reading 49/3 in the seventh over. Before Wednesday's match, their record in Kolkata read nine wins from 11 matches.

With a platform for a big total, Ben Cutting came out to bat in the 19th over and carried on from where Kishan had left off.

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