Published: Tue, May 08, 2018
Sport | By Tony Jimenez

Mumbai keep play-off hopes alive

Mumbai keep play-off hopes alive

Talking about the first game of the day, Mumbai's resurgence continued as they beat Kolkata by 13 runs at the Wankhede Stadium to keep their play-off hopes alive.

Mumbai remained fifth despite their fourth win in 10 games. "For two games I did think about all that but game is about being positive", he said after the win against KKR.

2- The second slot in terms of most wins by any team in a head-to-head contest is also reserved by MI. Suryakumar Yadav who has been one of the most consistent players for the Mumbai Indians chipped in with a 59 runs off 39 balls.

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Uthappa pounced on the chance, hitting six fours and three sixes, including four successive boundaries in one over off Ben Cutting.

Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya is likely to be rewarded for his consistent performances with a maiden national call-up, according to The Times of India. Uthapa was also lucky to have been dropped much early by Mayank Markande. An innings of 35 runs off 12 balls from the bat of Hardik Pandya helped MI post 181/4 on the board. Karthik and the devastating Andre Russell couldn't finish the job as the West Indian fell cheaply.

5- KKR's wicket-keeper batsman Robin Uthappa took 153 innings to complete 4,000 runs in the IPL - thus becoming the slowest to achieve this feat.

Two balls later the Pandya brothers combined to dismiss Shubnam Gill, as the Knight Riders opener was caught off Hardik's first ball by Krunal at mid-off.

With the addition of another 15 runs in Mumbai's scorecard, incoming batsman and skipper Rohit Sharma departed after giving an easy catch to Rinku Singh off a Sunil Narine delivery.

Soon, Hardik landed another blow on Kolkata, sending Rana back to the dug out in the 14th over with Kolkata reeling at 115/4. The Kiwi bowler had the final laugh as Lynn tucked the ball straight to Jasprit Bumrah at short fine-leg. They were engaged in a partnership of 91 runs at the end of nine overs.

Hardik Panya, the purple cap holder, was the pick of the bowlers as he took two wickets for just 19 runs in his quota of four overs.

Top scorer Jos Buttler (51) was outfoxed with a carrom ball and was caught behind before Mujeeb clean bowled Jofra Archer with a ideal googly off the next ball as Rajasthan lost its last six wickets for 52 runs.

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