Bowlers give victory to Knight Riders, play-off hopes remain intact

Navi Mumbai, May 9 (PTI) Kolkata Knight Riders kept their chances of making the play-offs alive after beating Mumbai Indians by 52 runs in the Indian Premier League here on Monday with Pat Cummins-led bowlers putting up a strong performance.

With this win, Knight Riders have 10 points from 12 matches and the team is in seventh place. Mumbai’s team is already out of the race for the play-offs and is in the last spot with four points from 11 matches.

Chasing the target of 166 runs for Knight Riders, Mumbai’s team Cummins (3 for 22), Andre Russell (2 for 22) and Tim Southee (one wicket for 10 runs) faced opener Ishan. Despite Kishan’s (51) half-century, he was bundled out for 113 runs in 17.3 overs.

Knight Riders made their best performance of the current season at 64 for one wicket in the Powerplay but after Jasprit Bumrah (five for 10) returned with a career-best bowling performance, Mumbai took the team to 165 for nine. But stopped. Kumar Karthikeya Singh (two wickets for 32 runs) played well for Bumrah. Knight Riders could add only nine runs in the last three overs with Bumrah scoring just one run in two overs.

For Knight Riders, openers Venkatesh Iyer and Nitish Rana scored 43-43 runs. Ajinkya Rahane (25) and Rinku Singh (23 not out) also played useful innings but none of the batsmen could play a big innings. Venkatesh hit four fours and three sixes in his 24-ball innings, while Rana also hit the same number of fours and sixes in his 26-ball knock.

Chasing the target, Mumbai lost the wicket of captain Rohit Sharma (02) in the first over itself, who was caught by Southee off wicketkeeper Sheldon Jackson. Tilak Verma also got caught by Rana at slips off Russell after scoring six runs.

Kishan looked in good rhythm. He hit two on Cummins while one on Southee. However, Mumbai’s team could only manage 37 runs for two wickets in the power play.

Kishan along with Ramandeep Singh (12) led the innings but the team scored 66 runs for two wickets in 10 overs.

Russell gave Mumbai the third blow by getting Ramandeep caught by Rana. Tim David (13) started his innings with three consecutive fours on Russell but Varun Chakraborty swung the ball in the air and caught Rahane at the boundary.

Kieron Pollard opened the account with a six off Chakraborty while Kishan completed his half-century in 41 balls with six sixes and a run on Narine. Captain Shreyas Iyer gave life to Pollard in the same over at midwicket.

Cummins then returned to the bowling and got Kishan caught by Rinku at deep backward square leg on the very first ball. He faced 43 balls and hit five fours and a six.

Cummins also sent Daniel Sams (01) and Murugan Ashwin (00) to the pavilion in the same over.

Mumbai needed 64 runs in the last five overs. Five runs each were scored in Southee and Cummins overs, which increased the trouble for Mumbai.

In the next over of Russell, Pollard was run out for 15 runs, which also shattered Mumbai’s true hope of victory. Knight Riders registered the win with Bumrah (0) being run out.

Mumbai captain Rohit Sharma won the toss and elected to bowl, after which Venkatesh and Rahane added 60 runs to give Knight Riders a good start. Venkatesh looked in rhythm from the beginning. He hit sixes on Murugan Ashwin and Daniel Sams.

Venkatesh welcomed Riley Meredith with fours and sixes in successive deliveries. He also hit a four and a six on Kumar Karthikeya Singh but the same left-arm spinner waved the ball in the air and caught Sams in cover.

The run-rate declined after Venkatesh’s dismissal. Rahane hit fours off Murugan Ashwin and Kieron Pollard but Rana got off to a slow start.

Under pressure to increase the run rate, Rahane got bowled in the 11th over while trying to play a reverse sweep off Karthikeya. He hit three fours in his 24-ball innings.

Rana, however, took the team’s score to 100 runs by hitting two consecutive sixes in the same over of Karthikeya.

Rana scored 17 runs off Pollard in the 13th over with two sixes and a four, but in the next over, Murugan Ashwin caught captain Shreyas Iyer (06) at the hands of wicketkeeper Ishan Kishan.

Andre Russell (09) became Bumrah’s first victim. He gave an easy catch to Pollard.

Bumrah also got Rana caught by the wicketkeeper on a bouncer in the same over and then throwing the next over maiden, sending Sheldon Jackson (05), Pat Cummins (00) and Sunil Narine (00) to the pavilion, got five wickets for the first time in IPL. .

Rinku hit Sams for a six but Tim Southee (00) gave Pollard a catch. In the last over of Bumrah’s innings, only one run was scored.