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Mumbai Delivers Knockout Punch, Bring Joy To The Hyderabad Camp

In the final league game of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 edition, Mumbai Indians (MI) delivered a smashing knockout punch to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) with a resounding 9-wicket victory at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The MI bowlers displayed brilliant combined performance to restrict the opposition under a below-par first innings total. In the second innings, Mumbai skipper Rohit Sharma led the home team from the front and played a responsible innings to steer MI to an emphatic victory. The skipper also got great support from Suryakumar Yadav in the run-chase. 

With this win, the Rohit Sharma-led team has advanced to the top spot on the points tally and they will now face the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Qualifier 1 on May 7. Moreover, this victory has also brought jubilation to the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) camp. Kane Williamson’s ‘Orange Army’ are now the first team in the entire IPL history to book a berth in the playoffs with a total of 12 points.

MI bowlers sensational combined efforts dunk KKR

MI team skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and as usual opted to field first. The two KKR openers, Chris Lynn and Shubman Gill started things pretty tentatively, managing just five runs after the first two overs. However, the latter then started increasing the scoring rate by hitting some quick runs, which also helped KKR post a total of 49 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. But then, MI all-rounder Hardik Pandya delivered a fabulous opening spell to remove both the KKR openers off successive overs.

To release the pressure, Robin Uthappa broke the shackles with a six off Lasith Malinga’s first delivery, however, it was the veteran fast bowler who had the last laugh, dismissing first Dinesh Karthik and the picking the prized scalp of Andre Russell in the 13th over of the game. Nitish Rana and Uthappa then tried to lead their team to some sort of respite by smashing some eye-catching strokes before the former fell victim to Malinga  in the 18th over. In the end, Jasprit Bumrah bowled a fabulous 19th over, picking two crucial wickets and in turn restricted KKR to a below-par total of 133 runs.

Rohit leads from the front to steer MI home

In the second innings, MI opener Quinton de Kock started off the matters in a blazing manner, smashing the likes of Sandeep Warrier and Andre Russell for some remarkable sixes. The other opener, Rohit Sharma soon joined in the party and together these scored 46 runs in the first six overs of the powerplay. The comeback man for KKR, Prasidh Krishna picked up the opening wicket in the form of de Kock in the seventh over. The experienced campaigner in Suryakumar Yadav then joined hands with Rohit to steady the MI innings.

The pair batted amazingly well and showed great temperament and composure to compile a remarkable match-winning partnership of 88 runs. The MI skipper, Rohit played an excellent unbeaten knock of 55 runs which included eight crisp boundaries, while Suryakumar rendered great support to his captain with an explosive innings of 46 runs off just 27 balls that consisted of five fours and two sixes. The latter fittingly smashed the winning runs to bring joy to the MI camp and in turn brought the curtains down for KKR in VIVO IPL 2019.

Brief Scores:

KKR: 133/7 in 20 overs (Chris Lynn-41, Robin Uthappa-40; Lasith Malinga 3/35, Hardik Pandya 2/31)

MI: 134/1 in 16.1 overs (Rohit Sharma-55*, Suryakumar Yadav-46*; Prasidh Krishna 1/22)

Result: Mumbai Indians won the match by 9 wickets.