Navi Mumbai, May 9: Kolkata Knight Riders kept their slim hopes of reaching the IPL 2022 playoffs alive with a 52-run win over Mumbai Indians at DY Patil Stadium on Monday. After Jasprit Bumrah’s sensational 5/10, including 18 point balls, was instrumental in restricting Kolkata to 165/9 in 20 overs, Mumbai was never in the account to chase the total, dropping to 113 in 17.3 overs.
Except for Ishan Kishan’s 51, none of the Mumbai batsmen in a lineup except Suryakumar Yadav were able to get the big runs, as Pat Cummins and Andre Russell shared five wickets between them, using the short balls to good effect. Kolkata drew first blood in the opening when Sheldon Jackson flew to his right and caught Rohit Sharma in his right glove off Tim Southee.
The on-field umpire failed to notify him, Kolkata went in for review and the ultra-rim showed multiple spikes as the ball passed before and after hitting the bat. But the third umpire was convinced that a center spike showed the connection of the ball to the bat enough to overturn the call on the field, leaving Sharma furious as he stormed off the field.
Tilak Varma, promoted to three in the absence of Suryakumar Yadav, was unable to make much of the opportunity and dribbled in a short ball wide for Russell’s first slide. Ramandeep Singh never seemed to settle in the crease before missing a back flip from Russell.
In the midst of all this, Kishan hit five fours against the pace and spin and found support from Tim David, who began a run with a fours hat-trick through the square leg, middle and middle of the wicket in front. to Russell. But Varun Chakravarthy separated the duo, forcing David to walk past.
Kishan continued to hold at the crease, pulling Sunil Narine fiercely over the middle of the deep wicket, and took a single to bring in his 12th IPL fifty in 41 balls. But in the ensuing over, Kishan couldn’t get on top of a Cummins bouncer, overcoming a deep square-leg pull back.
That started Mumbai’s downfall as Cummins took out Daniel Sams in the same way and ended with Murugan Ashwin jumping straight to the third man. Kolkata eliminated the last three wickets, including a faded Kieron Pollard, for just one run to keep their playoff hopes alive.
Brief scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 165/9 in 20 overs (Venkatesh Iyer 43, Nitish Rana 43, Jasprit Bumrah 5/10, Kumar Kartikeya Singh 2/32) beat Mumbai Indians 113 in 17.3 overs (Ishan Kishan 51, Kieron Pollard 15; Pat Cummins 3/22, Andre Russell 2/22) for 52 runs