Kolkata’s rate in a dramatic match

April 14, 2021 8:26 PM0 commentsViews: 16

Protidin Sports Desk : Andre Russell’s bowling cannon gave Mumbai Indians an incredible victory despite scoring 152 runs. After a breakthrough in Rahul Chahar’s spin, they stopped Kolkata Knight Riders at 142 for six. The five-time IPL champions won by 10 runs on an average with a great comeback. In the opening match between Nitish Rana and Shubhaman Gill, Kolkata started in Daputa. They scored 45 runs without wickets in the power play with a target of 153 runs. Everything was in Kolkata’s favor until Chahar took the ball in the ninth over. The spinner turned the match around by returning Shubhaman Gill (33) in the fifth ball of the over. Chahar finished with one wicket in each of the four overs. Kolkata lost the first wicket for 72 runs but did not have 4 wickets for 122 runs. Chahar, who made the second fifty in 40 balls with 6 fours and 2 sixes, made Chahar the fourth victim. The Kolkata opener scored 58 off 46 balls. In between, Rahul Tripathi (5) and captain Eoin Morgan (7) were sent off by the Mumbai leg-breaker. Krunal Pandya returned Shakib Al Hasan without adding any more runs to the scoreboard. The Bangladeshi batsman hit four off the first ball to Rohit Sharma and scored 9 off 9 balls. Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell took the helm of Kolkata under pressure. However, Krunal dropped Russell’s return catch after three balls to Shakib. The Windies batsman got his life again. Yashpreet Bumra caught him for 5 runs. Russell could not be a hero even after getting life twice. Kolkata needed 19 runs in the last two overs. The match was in the hands of both the teams. But Boomera and Trent Bolt’s superb bowling gave Mumbai a taste of victory. In the 19th over, Boomera dotted two balls in a row after scoring one run off the first four balls. With just 4 runs, the Indian fast bowler put pressure on Kolkata. 15 runs were needed in the last over. Bolt was tasked with counteracting that and returned Russell (9) in the return catch after giving the first two balls a run. New batsman Pat Cummins was bowled. Harbhajan Singh did not allow the New Zealand pacer to score a hat-trick with two runs. Kolkata needed 11 runs in the last ball, which was impossible. Chahar took maximum four wickets for Mumbai with 26 runs. Bolt got two wickets. Earlier, with Shakib’s controlled bowling, Kolkata bowled out Mumbai for 152 in Russell’s Fifa. After winning the toss and fielding at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, Varun Chakraborty returned the favor in the second over to Quinton de Kock. The South African batsman, who replaced Chris Lin in the XI, caught Rahul Tripathi for just two runs. Despite breaking the opening partnership by 10 runs, Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav returned Mumbai to the rhythm. Shakib’s bowling was worth watching. These two batsmen took 4 runs in his first over, Shakib gave six runs in the second and third overs. He parted ways with Rohit and Suryakumar in his last over. Suryakumar hit the ball high after hitting four in the second ball. Long off Shubhaman Gill’s easy catch was the batsman who made fifty off 33 balls. Suryakumar’s 56-run innings off 36 balls was sorted by 6 fours and 2 sixes. Shakib ended the over with 6 runs by breaking the 6-run partnership. His bowling figure is 4-0-23-1. In the next over, Ishan Kisan (1) was caught by Cummins. The Australian fast bowler also got the important wicket of Rohit in the 16th over. The Mumbai captain was bowled out for 43 off 32 balls with 3 fours and 1 six. Mumbai lost rhythm with Rohit’s farewell. Three batsmen were out in 6 balls. Hardik Pandya (15), who scored 13 runs in the previous match, failed again. He became a victim of fame. Russell hit a double-hitting Caribbean teammate Kieron Pollard (5) and Marco Janssen with two consecutive balls. Krunal left the field with two fours in a row in the last over. His partnership with Chahar was 24 off 12 balls. Russell was dismissed for 15 off 9 balls with three fours. The next ball, Yashpreet Bumra was caught by Shakib in the deep midwicket and the Windies pacer created an opportunity for a hat-trick. Rahul Chahar deprived him of the opportunity with two runs. Russell made him a good catch in the last ball to celebrate Fifa. He became the second cricketer to take five wickets with 15 runs in just two overs. Mumbai lost 6 wickets for 36 runs in the last five overs. In the previous match, Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Hersha Patel took 5 wickets to stop Mumbai for 159 runs.

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