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Indian Premier League 2019: Mumbai Indians Knock Kolkata Knight Riders Out to Finish Top

Indian Premier League 2019: Mumbai Indians Knock Kolkata Knight Riders Out to Finish Top Photo: TT
Chennai Super Kings Finish Top of the Table

The Kings XI Punjab beat the Chennai Super Kings by six wickets in Chandigarh but that did not prevent the Super Kings from finishing in the top two.

Put into bat Chennai lost Shane Watson early to Sam Curran, but Faf du Plessis and Suresh Raina put on 120 for the second wicket, until Raina was caught by Mohammed Shami off Curran for 53. Next to fall was du Plessis out for 96, including 4 sixes, with Curran again the bowler, and then Shami picked up two late wickets as Chennai closed on 170/5.

In reply, KL Rahul and Chris Gayle put on 108 for the first wicket, before both fell in successive balls to Harbhajan Singh, Rahul for 71, scored off just 36 balls, including 2 sixes, and Gayle out for 28. Mayank Agarwal fell to Harbjajan for 7, but Nicholas Pooran and Mandeep Singh put on 46 before Pooran was caught behind off Ravindra Jadeja for 36, having struck 3 sixes. Singh and Curran saw their side to victory with 2 overs to spare.

Rahul was named man of the match.

The Mumbai Indians thrashed the Kolkata Knight Riders to claim top spot in the regular season.

Out into bat in Mumbai, Kolkata were given a good start by Shubman Gill and Chris Lynn before both fell in successive overs by Hardik Pandya, Gill lbw for 9, and Lynn, who had struck 4 sixes, caught behind for 41. Then Lasith Malinga struck twice, having Dinesh Karthik caught by Krunal Pandya, and then Andre Russell caught behind.

Robin Uthappa and Nitish Rana put on 47 for the fifth wicket, but Rana gave Malinga a third wicket, caught by Kieron Pollard for 26. Jasprit Bumrah picked up the late wickets of Uthappa for 40, and Rinku Singh, as Kolkata stumbled to 133 – 7 at the end of their innings.

Pandya was the pick of the bowlers with 2 for 20.

Quinton de Kock and Rohit Sharma gave Mumbai a fast start with an opening stand of 46, before de Kock, who had scored 30, including 3 sixes, was caught by Karthik off Prasidh Krishna. However, Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav shared an unbeaten partnership of 84, as Mumbai cruised to victory, with nearly 4 overs to spare. Sharma was unbeaten on 55, whilst Yadav, who hit 2 sixes, was undefeated on 46.

Hardik Pandya was named man of the match.

Rajeev mcallister
Sports Pundit staff writer

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