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23:51   Hardik's fireworks lifts Mumbai Indians to victory


Mumbai 180-6 (19.5 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Boult to bowl the final over with 11 runs needed for victory.

Hardik looks to flick but gets hit on the pads as it goes fine on the leg side for two leg byes with Rajpoot taking time to get to the ball at fine leg.

The next ball is hit straight as Surya Kumar Yadav misfields at long-on to give away a boundary when Hardik should have got only one.

Boult bowls a bouncer which Hardik avoids and looks for the wide for height but the umpire is unmoved.

He bowls another bouncer which Hardik pulls but gets a top edge but substitute fielder Rishi Dhawan at deep square leg puts down a simple catch and the batsman ends up taking two runs.

The last ball is on the pads as Hardik flicks it fine for a four to take Mumbai to a thrilling four-wicket victory with a ball to spare.

A superb knock from Hardik as he smashes a quickfire 29 not out from 11 balls, laced with three fours and two sixes to lift the hosts to a superb come from behind victory.

The odds were firmly against Mumbai when they needed 60 from four overs for victory and Pollard was dismissed soon after but Hardik and Rana went on the attack to steal an unlikely victory.
23:44   Mumbai need 11 runs from final over for victory

Mumbai 168-6 (19 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Boult comes under attack in the 18th over. Rana steers a full toss from the pacer through thirdman for a four and then clubs a full toss over midwicket for a six. Hardik swings the last ball over midwicket for another six to get 19 runs from the over and bring the equation down to 30 from two overs for victory.

Rana shuffles across his stumps and paddles Rajpoot over the keeper's head for a six. The next ball is a full toss which the left-hander lofts over the covers for a four to race to his fifty from 28 balls.

However, Rajpoot gets revenge with the wicket of Rana who is caught at point as Mumbai lose a key wicket at a crucial juncture.

Harbhajan Singh gets a yorker first up which he taps on the off-side for one to bring Hardik on strike, who smashes the fifth ball over the leg side for a six.

He sensibly retains strike with a single from the last ball, leaving Mumbai to get 11 from the last over for victory.
23:30   Pollard dismissed for 17, Mumbai in trouble

Mumbai 130-5 (17 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Kuldeep builds up more pressure with a tight over, conceding just three runs including four dot balls to Pollard, who is looking to stay till the end.

Woakes come on from the other end. The second ball is on the pads as Pollard clips it fine for a four and then takes a single to bring up his 2000 runs in IPL.

Rana looks to pull a short ball but misses as it hits the thigh pads and is caught at short fine leg but the umpire is not interested.

Narine ramps up the pressure as he bowls a superb final over conceding just four runs to finish with excellent figures of one for 22 in four overs.

Mumbai are 119 for four in 16 overs, with 60 needed from four overs for victory.

Woakes bowls a short wide delivery as Pollard looks to cut but ends up hitting it straight to the fielder at thirdman to be dismissed for 17 as Mumbai slip further, to be reduced to 119 for five.

Rana keeps Mumbai interested as he swipes Woakes over the cover region for a four.

Hardik smashes the last ball through the off-side for a four to get 11 from the over as Mumbai reach 130 for five in 17 overs, with 49 needed from three overs for victory.
23:06   Rohit and Pandya fail with the bat, Mumbai in trouble

Mumbai 105-4 (13 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Krunal Pandya looking to counter attack as he hits Rajpoot for successive boundaries, in the 11th over. He pulls a short ball over the leg side before flicking the next ball, which is fuller, over the fielder at midwicket for back to back fours.

In the next over, Krunal steers Kuldeep fine on the off-side for three runs but Rana is struggling at the other end to get going as he missed out a full toss. He then chances his arm, playing a risky slog sweep over midwicket for a much-needed boundary. That helps him break free as he plays an inside out lofted shot for a six over the covers to get 14 from the over.

Rajpoot checks Mumbai's progress with the wicket of Krunal, who is caught down the leg side by wicketkeeper Uthappa.

Kieron Pollard survives a huge shout for LBW off the first ball he faces before he turns the next behind square on the leg side for two runs.

The West Indian then pulls a short ball over midwicket for a six to take Mumbai past the 100-run mark, in the 13th over.

Mumbai are 105 for four in 13 overs with 74 needed from 42 balls for victory.

Mumbai 74-3 (10 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Narine comes back and claims the big wicket of Rohit, who is given out leg before wicket for two.

He is unhappy and takes some time to leave the pitch as he clearly got a big inside edge before the ball hits the pads. Another poor decision, this time from umpire CK Nandan, the second poor decision in a row for Mumbai Indians.

Mumbai in trouble at 74 for three after 10 overs, needing another 105 from 60 balls for victory.
22:48   Buttler and Parthiv perish, Mumbai 2 down

Mumbai 72-2 (9 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Pacer Ankit Rajpoot comes into the attack as the young pacer strikes in his very first over, dismissing Buttler leg before wicket for 28.

Buttler misses a full toss as he looks to flick it across the line and is given out leg before wicket but the ball tracker shows that the ball would have missed the stumps. For the second match in a row, Buttler loses his wicket to another questionable decision.

A superb start from Rajpoot as he gets the key wicket of Buttler while conceding just one run in his first over.
22:40   Parthiv out for 30, Mumbai lose 1st wicket

Mumbai 71-1 (8 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Sunil Narine comes into the attack in place of Boult, who bowled two overs for 19 runs. He starts with a short ball which Parthiv pulls it through midwicket for a four. He steers the next ball fine on the off-side for a couple before he picks a quick single on the off-side with Buttler making his crease despite a direct hit.

Spin from both ends as chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav comes on from the other end. He makes a tidy start as he concedes just five runs in his first over as Mumbai reach 49 for no loss in six overs.

Buttler keen not to let the spinners settle down as he launches Narine over long-on for a six in the seventh over.

In the next over, Parthiv slog sweeps Kuldeep for a six over midwicket before the spinner gets revenge off the very next delivery. Parthiv goes for the sweep but fails to make connection and is dismissed leg before wicket for 30.

Nitish Rana walks in ahead of Rohit Sharma and he gets off the mark with a four as Kuldeep slips it down the leg side.
22:25   Mumbai Indians off to a good start after KKR post 178

Mumbai 37-0 (4 ovs) vs KKR 178-7 | Scorecard

Mumbai Indians have a huge run chase on their hands and their hopes will largely rest on how their openers -- Parthiv Patel and Jos Buttler -- fare in the first six overs.

Left-arm pacer Trent Boult to start off with the ball. Two dot balls to begin with before Parthiv slashes a wide delivery past point for a four and then takes a single off the fifth ball.

Buttler gets off the mark with a four from the first ball he faces, whipping the last ball of the over through the leg side for a four.

Chris Woakes to bowl the second over. He starts with a leg side wide to Parthiv before he gets two leg byes as Woakes again bowls on the pads.

Parthiv takes a single before Woakes bowls another wide on the off-side to Buttler, who picks a single as just six runs come from the over.

In the next over, Parthiv plays a cracking drive off Boult through the covers for a four followed by two runs off the last ball.

Buttler flicks Woakes fine over the leg side for a six and then gets two runs off the last ball as Lynn gets injured in his attempt to stop the ball running back from mid-off as he ends up injuring his shoulder and walks off the field.

Mumbai are off to a good start as they reach 37 for no loss in four overs with both Buttler and Parthiv on 15 each.

KKR 178-7 (20 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Pandey finishes unbeaten on a superb innings of 81 from 47 balls, having hit five fours and as many sixes, as KKR staged a late recovery to post a healthy 178 for seven in their 20 overs.

KKR smashed 34 runs from the last two overs with McClengahan alone giving away 23 runs off the final over of the innings.

Krunal rocked KKR early as he claimed three for 24, while Malinga picked up two for 36 before Mumbai's bowlers leaked runs at the end.

This total will test Mumbai's quality batting line-up with KKR boasting of a good bowling comprising of three pacers and two quality spinners in Kuldeep Yadav and Sunil Narine.
21:44   Pandey's 47-ball 81 lifts KKR to 178

KKR 178-7 (20 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Malinga cripples KKR further with the wicket of Surya, who holes out to Pollard at long-on for 17.

They nearly claim another wicket off the next ball as Pandey attempts a near impossible single but manages to avoid the run out.

Chris Woakes gets off the mark with two runs followed by two more singles as just five come from the over.

Bumrah from the other end as KKR struggle to get the boundaries, picking up just the ones and twos. The two fast bowlers mixing it up quite well with good sharp yorkers mixed with good slower balls in between.

Pandey takes a single to bring up his half-century from 37 balls and KKR will need him to hit a few sixes in the last few overs to boost their total.

Malinga picks another wickets as Woakes hits it straight into the hands of Pollard at long-on in a repeat of the Surya dismissal.

Pandey strikes an important blow, a six over midwicket as Malinga goes for 11 in his final over to finish with two for 26 in four overs.

McClenaghan to bowl the final over. He starts with a full toss which Pandey heaves over midwicket for a six before he swings the next ball which is called a no-ball over the same region for a four.

McClenaghan then bowls a wide before Pandey smashes the free hit delivery over long-on for the second six of the over.

McClenaghan bowls a wide yorker which beats Pandey before he steers a full toss fine on the off-side for a four. The next ball is again a yorker which Pandey digs out to thirdman for one before Sunil Narine is trapped leg before wicket off the last ball.
21:19   Pandey, Surya rally KKR in middle overs

KKR 131-4 (16 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Bumrah comes back into the attack as Pandey and Yadav decide to lift the tempo. Pandey smashes a full delivery straight down the ground over long-on for a six and then steers the last ball past point for a four to get 14 runs from the over.

KKR have recovered to 131 for four in 16 overs with Pandey unbeaten 42 from 32 balls, while Surya is on 17 from 14 balls. The duo have steadied the innings with their 44-run stand from 26 balls for the fifth wicket. If KKR can manage to get a couple of big overs in the end, they could well end up around the 175-run mark.

KKR 117-4 (15 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Pandey late cuts Harbhajan past the wicketkeeper for a four fine on the off-side while five singles come from the rest of the over which goes for nine runs.

McClenaghan comes back and he switches to round the wicket. Three singles from five balls before Pandey ramps a short wide delivery over the thirdman fence for a six as KKR reach 107 for four in 14 overs.

Harbhajan goes for runs in his final over with Surya Kumar Yadav hitting him for two boundaries through the off-side to take KKR to 117 for four in 15 overs.

Harbhajan finishes with no wickets for 27 runs in four overs, while Krunal claimed three for 24 in four overs with the spinners doing a good job in the middle overs with combined figures of three for 51 in eight overs.
21:04   Pandya claims third wicket to leave KKR in strife

KKR 89-4 (12 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Harbhajan Singh comes into the attack in place of Krunal, who bowled a good first spell of two for 10 in two overs. The veteran off-spinner makes a tidy start, giving away just five runs in his first over as Manish Pandey and Yusuf Pathan look to build a partnership and lend some stability to the innings in the middle.

Change of ends for Krunal as he comes on from the Media Box End. He starts with a short ball which Pandey cuts past point for two runs followed by a single to long-off. The KKR duo pick five singles from the next five balls as the visitors reach 79 for three in 10 overs.

The two Mumbai spinners bowling well in tandem as they dry up the boundaries and restrict the scoring rate. Harbhajan bowls another tight over, giving away just three runs with KKR losing momentum rapidly.

Krunal gets Pandey to edge one but Parthiv can't hold on it before he edges again off the next ball which flies past the wicketkeeper for a four.

Yusuf Pathan takes on Krunal as he targets the straight boundary but ends up hitting it straight into the hands of Hardik at long-off, the second time both the brothers have been involved in a dismissal in this match.

KKR continue to struggle as they are reduced to 89 for four in 12 overs with Pandey batting on 20 from 22 balls.
20:49   Lynn falls for 32, KKR in trouble

KKR 67-3 (8 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

McClenaghan comes back as Malinga bowls another one over spell, he has so far conceded 20 runs in two overs.

Manish Pandey gets a leg bye off the first ball before Lynn hammers the second ball through the covers for a four. He smashes the last ball down the ground but Kieron Pollard makes a diving stop to keep it down to just two runs.

Despite the two quick wickets, KKR have made a good start as they reach 59 for two in six overs with Lynn again doing the damage with 28 not out from 19 balls.

Another quiet over from left-arm spinner Krunal, conceding just six runs as Mumbai look to build the pressure after those two quick wickets.

Bumrah comes back as Lynn looks to break the shackles but loses his wicket in the process. He shuffles across the stumps and looks to heave it across the line on the leg side but misses and is caught plumb in front of the stumps.

Lynn played a good innings of 32 from 24 balls but was frustrated by Mumbai's tight bowling in the last few overs.

KKR were 44 for no loss in four overs before they lost three wickets for 23 runs in the next four overs to be reduced to 67 for three in eight overs.
20:30   Pandya's double strike lifts Mumbai Indians

KKR 48-2 (5 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

Malinga comes back in place of McClenaghan, who also bowled one over in his first spell as Mumbai look to juggle their bowlers around.

Two singles from three balls before Lynn pulls a short ball from Malinga high into the stands over square leg for the first six of the match. Another short ball is pulled this time along the ground for a single to deep midwicket.

After a poor first over in which he conceded 15 runs, Bumrah is taken off as Mumbai introduce spin in the form of Krunal Pandya. He strikes with his second delivery with the wicket of Gambhir, who sweeps it straight into the hands of McClenaghan at squaree leg.

Gambhir made 19 from 13 balls, putting on 44 runs for the opening wicket with Lynn.

New batsman Robin Uthappa gets off the mark with a four as he steers it fine on the off-side past the wicketkeeper for a four. However, he falls off the next delivery holing out to deep midwicket as Pandya claims his second wicket in five balls.

A superb start with the ball by left-arm spinner Krunal Pandya as he claims two for four in his first over to reduce KKR to 48 for two in five overs.
20:19   KKR off to a quickfire start vs Mumbai

KKR 34-0 (3 ovs) vs Mumbai | Scorecard

The dangerous duo of Gambhir and Chris Lynn to open the batting for KKR, while Lasith Malinga gets the ball straightaway in his first match of the new IPL season.

Gambhir taps the first ball, which is a quick yorker, on the off-side for a single to get off the mark before Malinga bowls a leg side wide to right-hander Lynn.

Another full delivery which Lynn drives to the covers for a single and Gambhir picks one.

Malinga bowls a wide as he misses his radar with the slower ball to Lynn, who smashes the next ball straight down the ground for a four. He drives the last ball through the covers where the fielder does well to stop it and concede just a single as 10 come from the first over.

Left-arm pacer Mitchell McClenaghan to bowl the second over. The second ball is short and down the leg side as Lynn helps it fine on the leg side for a four. Two balls later, he picks a single before Gambhir slaps the last ball through the covers for the second boundary of the over.

Just one over with the new ball for Malinga before he makes way for Jasprit Bumrah. He starts with a yorker which Lynn defends before he defends a slower ball.

Bumrah then bowls a no-ball as Lynn taps it to fine leg for one but Gambhir can manage only a couple of the free-hit delivery, as he flicks it to deep midwicket.

Bumrah bowls another no-ball as he bowls a high full toss to Lynn who picks a single to the covers. This time Gambhir makes most of the free hit, smashing it past point for a four and then steers the last ball fine on the off-side for the third boundary of the over.

Bumrah is smashed for 15 runs from his opening over as KKR race to 34 for no loss in three overs.
19:44   Malinga, Harbhajan back as Mumbai elect to bowl vs KKR
Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma has won the toss and elected to bowl against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Experience duo Lasith Malinga and Harbhajan Singh are back to bolster the Mumbai bowling attack, who are looking to bounce back after losing their first game against Pune.


Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain), Parthiv Patel (w/k), Jos Buttler, Nitish Rana, Krunal Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Harbhajan Singh, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, Jasprit Bumrah.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Gautam Gambhir (captain), Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa (w/k), Manish Pandey, Yusuf Pathan, Suryakumar Yadav, Chris Woakes, Kuldeep Yadav, Sunil Narine, Trent Boult, Ankit Rajpoot.
19:22   Malinga back as Mumbai aim to bounce back vs KKR
Welcome to the coverage of the seventh match of the Indian Premier League between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders in Kolkata, on Sunday.

Mumbai, who will be hoping to bounce back after their opening loss vs Pune, have received a big boost with the inclusion of premier fast bowler Lasith Malinga.

However, they are up against a confident KKR side, who destroyed Gujarat Lions by 10 wickets in their opening game.

The Mumbai Indians team management may be forced to make a couple of changes to bolster the bowling attack which suffered because of Kieron Pollard forced to bowl the final over where Steve Smith hit the big West Indian for two sixes.

In these circumstances, Lasith Malinga, fresh from a T20 hat-trick may replace Tim Southee in the bowling attack and the seasoned Harbhajan Singh after a baffling exclusion may come in place of Krunal Pandya, who was ordinary to say the least.

Mumbai Indians are notorious for their poor starts and will be keen to pull up their socks against a formidable KKR which tamed the Lions at their den.

Rohit Sharma may be worried about KKR's swashbuckling opener Chris Lynn who smashed his way to an unbeaten 93 off only 41 balls. Not to forget skipper Gautam Gambhir's 76 in an unbroken 184 run opening stand.

Mumbai will be hoping that an extra day's rest they got would stand them in good stead against KKR, who are now playing two away games in three days.

Quite a few Mumbai batsmen got starts against Pune but failed to carry on. Their top order, including captain Rohit Sharma, floundered againt South African leggie Imran Tahir, failing to read his googlies.

KKR too have handy wrist spinners in experienced Piyush Chawla and chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav to call upon and exploit any perceived weakness in the MI's The availability of IPL's all-time leading wicket-taker Malinga (143 wickets) will certainly sort MI's problem at the death overs.