Mumbai rode teenage wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan's 21-ball 62 to record an emphatic 102-run victory - the largest margin in the ongoing edition of the T20 2018 - over Kolkata at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.
Sent into bat at the Eden Gardens, defending champions MI scored an imposing 210 for 6, riding on 19-year-old Kishan's 21-ball 62, studded with five fours and six sixes, and then bowled KKR out for 108 in 18.1 overs.
In the end, Ben Cutting's 9-ball 24 took MI past 200 as the last over went for 24 runs off Piyush Chawla (3/48). However, MI did not stop there and the thrashing was continued by Hardik and Cutting with MI scoring 66 runs in last 32 balls after Ishan went back to pavilion.
The diminutive southpaw began by stepping out to hoist Kuldeep Yadav majestically over long on before finding the gaps to plunder three boundaries off Piyush Chawla in the 11th over. Against Punjab it was a Rohit and Krunal Pandya blitz that kept them alive in the competition, a challenging 181/4 coupled with well-directed short balls during KKR's chase helped MI stay afloat and stake a claim for a playoffs berth.
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MI completed the shellacking and won by 102 runs. The magic started when Ishan Kishan came to bat at number 4. We have a good chance because all we need to do is win all three games.
"He is somebody who brings in a lot of control in the middle overs".
Bumrah was excellent once again as he conceded just 17 runs in his three overs at an economy of less than six runs an over and also claimed the wicket of Rinku Singh. "He knows it's one of those bad days", Karthik said at the post-mach press conference. It was a good batting wicket, we lost wickets in the Powerplay and it's always tough to catch up.
Take a look at how all the players fared in this match. "I just want my team to believe and we can do it".
Uthappa (14) then holed out at deep mid-wicket in leg-spinner Mayank Markande's first over and, when Andre Russell was caught at cover, Kolkata had lost all its hard-hitters and reeled at 4-54 in eight overs.