skews a slog on the bounce to Rohit at mid-off. Stunning win from Mumbai. Didn't have this in the pocket going into the last five despite all those wickets they took upfront, but how they've hung on. Say hello to Mumbai Indians - league toppers of IPL 2017
|Hardik Pandya||MI||69.75||1(2)||- 1.41||- 3.61||2/22||3.14||73.36|
|Colin de Grandhomme||KKR||58.28||29(16)||41.38||52.78||0/16||-||5.49|
|Trent Boult||KKR||56.3||5(8)||- 0.95||- 1.48||2/30||2.5||57.78|
What's certain now is Knight Riders can't finish in the top two. They'll travel to Bengaluru to play the eliminator. They were this close to playing Mumbai in Mumbai and earn a second chance at qualification. Should they lose out, they'll look back at the batting brain fade today. Anyway, tomorrow will decide if RPS or Sunrisers join Mumbai in the top two. A win for Pune would mean Sunrisers play Knight Riders in the eliminator. Exciting action. Hope to see you early on a Super Sunday. Cheers
Ambati Rayudu is the Player of the Match for his 37-ball 63. "It was tough wait after the injury. The team was doing well, so I had to sit out. The wicket was sticky today, we knew if we get close to 180 we can win the game. It's really tough to keep after four years. Honestly I don't enjoy it but I'm happy to do the job with the team."
Rohit Sharma: We spoke of finishing on a high. We wanted to play the brand of cricket we spoke about. Very happy. Today proved we have a great bench strength. It can be frustrating to sit out, but all of them have been proven match winners. This was the perfect example of playing a perfect game. They were going at 10 an over but we kept picking wickets. We were sticking to our plans,we didn't panic. When the batsmen go after the bowlers like that, it can be hard to keep calm but everyone executed well. It's a little tournament we have to play now, the playoffs.
Gautam Gambhir: With the kind of wicket this was, this was chaseable. Had one of the batsmen batted till the end, we would've got there. Just irresponsible shots, batsmen were trying to throw their bats at everything. I thought to restrict them to 174 was an unbelievable effort. I thought we were trying to chase this down on 10-12 overs. We were a batsman short. We need to pull up our socks. If we bat like this it doesn't matter if we're in the Playoffs or not. Got to bat better."
12.05am Knight Riders will wonder just how they lost the plot. 25 needed off three with Manish Pandey at the crease and you would've thought they'd ace this. But strange are the ways of this game. Mumbai made six changes today. Tested their bench strength, and yet managed to dig in to pull off a super win. Rayudu-Tiwary rolled back the clock to 2010 in a crucial stand upfront with the bat. Hardik and Johnson then took over to deliver at vital times with the ball.
Game, set and match
swing and a miss. Delivers a cutter at length around the fifth stump, Boult tries for a wild swipe but played too early.
excellent bouncer outside off. Once again Boult swings early and connects with the humid Kolkata air
excellent delivery. Sees the batsman backing away and floats this full and out of his reach. So far across he backed away that Boult couldn't even reach the delivery as he tried to squeeze it away
wonder if they made a mistake by taking the second. Umesh clearly the more accomplished hitter
fetches a wild slog from outside off towards long-on
skiddy bouncer into the body, Umesh looks to pull, mistimes it to square leg. Short fine comes haring in to keep it to a single
Hardik to defend 14 off the final over
sashays down the track, nearly yorks himself as the ball shaves past the inside edge. Big appeal, authoritative decision from the umpire
slower outside off, he looks to clear the front leg and swing that over cover but is beaten
walks across the stumps and flicks it past short fine leg
backs away to squeeze this behind point but the ball takes a thin edge through to Rayudu. Or did it take the edge? The decision wasn't straightforward for A Nanda Kishore because the bat's inside edge grazed the ground as it went past. Kuldeep didn't look disappointed though. Snicko showed no spike.
adventurous. Walks across the stumps, exposes all three sticks, but ensures he somehow manages to flick the low full toss to fine leg where Johsnon makes a right royal mess. Didn't bend low enough.
waist-high full toss mistimed to mid-off, one bounce to the fielder
straightens from length on middle, pushed to the man coming in from point
thick edge down to third man. Looked to steer it behind point again but was cramped for room
angles a length ball into the body, nudged to short fine as they scamper a quick single
this time, makes room again and puts bat to ball. Eased to square third man
play and miss. Gets this to angle across Kuldeep, who tries to steer it behind point
missed the catch in the previous over, makes no mistake this time. Pandey is cramped for room as he plays the short-arm jab, skewed straight to deep midwicket.
mistimes his cut to cover
low full toss on middle, backs away and squeezes it to deep cover
|Eden Gardens, Kolkata|
|Toss||Kolkata Knight Riders, elected to field first|
|Player Of The Match|
|Hours of play (local time)||20.00 start, First Session 20.00-21.30, Interval 21.30-21.50, Second Session 21.50- 23.20|
|Match days||13 May 2017 - night (20-over match)|
|Points||Mumbai Indians 2, Kolkata Knight Riders 0|
Over 20 • KKR 164/8Mumbai won by 9 runs
Sharma, Tiwary help Mumbai clinch top spot
Rayudu leaves imprint in rare opportunity
Knight Riders miss out on top-two finish as Mumbai defend 173
|C de Grandhomme||bowled||29||16|
|UT Yadav||not out||4||4|
|TA Boult||not out||5||8|
|Extras||(lb 2, nb 1, w 5)|
|Total||164(8 wkts; 20 ovs)|