159dThe Report by Shashank Kishore

Rohit, Krunal blitz keeps Mumbai Indians alive

The pair's unbeaten 56-run stand off 21 balls secured a third win in nine matches, keeping Mumbai Indians alive in the season

Match Centre

Statistics

Best performances - Batsmen

SA Yadav
57(42) 6x4 - 3x6
Control %80%
  • Productive Shot
  • on drive
  • 14 runs
  • 2x4 - 0x6
0 11 0 5 7 1 21 12
CH Gayle
CH Gayle
50(40) 6x4 - 2x6
Control %66%
  • Productive Shot
  • cut shot
  • 17 runs
  • 4x4 - 0x6
0 4 9 4 11 2 9 11

Best performances - Bowlers

Mujeeb Ur Rahman
Mujeeb Ur Rahman
O4
M0
R37
W2
Eco9.25
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
2W
JJ Bumrah
JJ Bumrah
O4
M0
R19
W1
Eco4.75
RHB
OFFLEG
  • FTFULL TOSS
  • YYORKER
  • FFULL LENGTH
  • GGOOD LENGTH
  • SGSHORT OF GOOD LENGTH
  • SSHORT LENGTH
LHB
LEGOFF
1W

Scorer: M Venkat Raghav | Commentator: Nikhil Kalro

END OF OVER:
19 | 17 Runs | MI: 176/4 | RR: 9.26

  • Krunal Pandya31 (12b)
  • Rohit Sharma24 (15b)
  • Andrew Tye4-0-35-1
  • Marcus Stoinis3-0-37-1

11.32pm That was a very important win for Mumbai. They absolutely needed to win to keep their hopes alive, and they aced a tough chase to keep the comfortable chasing trend at this ground going.

Was that score ever going to be enough on this ground? Kings XI fought right through to give themselves a chance, but their batting was just not good enough tonight. Another spirited fight from Kings XI.

But it was Mumbai's long batting order that was too good, despite some hiccups. Suryakumar Yadav's impressive run continued. And Rohit, Hardik and Krunal played very important hands to get Mumbai across.

Suryakumar Yadav is the Man of the Match: "Enjoying my new role of opening. Trying to be consistent, trying to give good starts so that the finishers aren't burdened. I'm not thinking too much, trying to be simple."

Rohit Sharma: "We're still alive, good performance tonight. We wanted everyone to come together and put a collective effort. We understand the threat Kings XI bring with their bat, to restrict them was a great effort. The way we went about our chase, we needed some momentum, Hardik could get that by playing his game, which is why I held myself back. I know what shot-making is required at the end."

R Ashwin: "The wicket was sticky, we went well. Not got enough runs at the end. Fought well. The week off rejuvenated the boys. This tournament is not easy. Trying to play the brand of cricket we want to play."

Krunal Pandya: "When I'm playing, he feels pressure outside. When he's playing, I feel pressure outside. The brotherly bond is there. The last game, I was upset about not getting the team through. It was simple, anything is chaseable at this ground. You're a bit more confident with these short boundaries."

18.6
4lb
Tye to KH Pandya, 4 leg byes, all done! Leg byes for four. Mumbai win with an over to spare. A yorker outside off, Krunal gets outside the line and misses a slog. The ball ricochets off the shoe to the third man boundary.

3 off 7.

18.5
1
Tye to Sharma, 1 run, back of a length outside off, worked to midwicket. Very cleverly done.
18.4
1
Tye to KH Pandya, 1 run, a slower short delivery on middle, pulled to deep midwicket

The smiles are back. 50 off 19 this stand.

18.3
6
Tye to KH Pandya, SIX runs, definitely done now. Length on off., Krunal launches a slog into the stands at deep midwicket. Defending at this ground is so hard.
18.2
4
Tye to KH Pandya, FOUR runs, four more. A slower delivery outside off, Krunal was well and truly beaten by that delivery, but he improvised so well. Waited and waited and then carved the ball in the air, but past point.
18.1
1
Tye to Sharma, 1 run, a slower delivery outside off, flat-batted away to long-on

16 off 12

Rohit has a 100% winning record in IPL when remaining not out in chase. He has remained not out 16 times (4 for DC and 12 for MI) and won all the times.

Mum Indians 2nd innings Partnerships

WktRunsPlayers
1st38E LewisSA Yadav
2nd42SA YadavIshan Kishan
3rd20HH PandyaIshan Kishan
4th20RG SharmaHH Pandya
5th56RG SharmaKH Pandya