Lasith Malinga’s sensational three wicket haul and a fine fifty from Rohit Sharma enabled Mumbai Indians to beat Kolkata Knight Riders and finish the IPL 2019 points table at the top position. On the other hand, this defeat has sent KKR packing as their net run-rate is lower than SRH who enter play-offs with six wins in 14 matches.
Batting first, KKR scored just 134 runs thanks to smart bowling from Mumbai Indians. Mitchell McCleneghan set the tone by tying down Shubman Gill in the powerplay overs and then Lasith Malinga delivered the knock-out punches.
Chris Lynn scored 41 runs off 29 balls and was looking good for a big score. But Hardik Pandya dismissed him in the 9th over and then Lasith Malinga sent back Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell on successive deliveries in the 13th over.
With Russell gone for a first ball duck, KKR fumbled in the death overs despite Robin Uthappa making 40 off 47 balls. Finally Nitish Rana rescued the team with 26 off 13 balls and enabled them to post 133 runs on board.
In response, Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma scored 46 runs for the first wicket with de Kock racing off to 30 off 23 balls. Rohit then tagged with Suryakumar Yadav and took Mumbai home in the 17th over.
Suryakumar and Rohit neutralized KKR’s bowlers with his attractive stroke-play and smart batting. Yadav remained unbeaten on 47 off 26 balls while Rohit scored yet another fifty in IPL season 12 and scored 55 off 48 balls.
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With this win Mumbai now has nine wins in 14 matches and they finish at number one spot. Meanwhile KKR and SRH both have 12 points in 14 matches each but SRH enter the play-offs courtesy of their better net run-rate.