Kolkata Knight Riders: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Chris Lynn, Robin Uthappa, Kuldeep Yadav, Piyush Chawla, Nitish Rana, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Mitchell Johnson, Shubman Gill, R Vinay Kumar, Rinku Singh, Cameron Delport, Javon Searless, Apoorv Wankhade, Ishank Jaggi, Tom Curran. Rana contributed with 31 runs, facing 27 balls.
The openers: After shuffling their order throughout the series, Mumbai have finally settled on Suryakumar Yadav (59) and Evin Lewis (43) at the top, with brilliant results so far.
On a night that belonged to two batsmen who had donned the opposition jersey earlier in the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians emerged victor to remain in the hunt for a playoff spot. Hardik Pandya had the best figures of 4.75 economy with 2 wickets and 19 runs conceded.
Just as KKR looked to be on the ropes, Mayank Markende put down the simplest of catches to give Uthappa a second life and the batsman made the most of his reprieve reaching his half-century off 32 balls. With KKR needing 51 off 21, Andre Russell miscued a pull off Bumrah and sent it high into the sky above the backward square-leg boundary. Duminy off the last ball of the penultimate over deep on the on-side as Karthik couldn't overhaul the stiff ask of scoring 19 runs off four balls. Krunal finished with 1 for 29 from three overs but was comfortably shaded by younger brother Hardik. They hit seven fours and three sixes in the first six overs.
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Pandya's 35 off 20 balls helped lift them to a total that proved too much for Kolkata - who toiled in the middle of their reply. Kolkata tried out five bowlers in the Power Play, yet could not stop Mumbai from racing away to 56 for no loss. Just when Lewis was starting to find the boundaries at will, he was dropped by Rana off his own bowling on 38.
And, when Krunal took a good catch to get rid of the unsafe Russell to give Jasprit Bumrah his first scalp of the day, the visitors were left needing 43 off their final three overs. After skipper Rohit's end, it was turn of SuryakumarYadav who lost his wicket to Russell at 59.
Spinner Sunil Narine impressed with the ball, having Rohit Sharma (11) and Krunal Pandya (14) caught cheaply as the hosts faltered but a quickfire unbeaten 35 off 20 balls from Hardik blasted the Indians to 181-4. Having finished with a flourish, Hardik then made a key contribution with the ball too to ensure that Mumbai, with their fourth win from 10 games, still have a mathematical shot at qualification.