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IPL: Mumbai beat Kolkata by 9 wickets to top points table


MUMBAI: Rohit Sharma struck an unbeaten 55 to steer Mumbai Indians to a very simple Nine-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders, which gave them the pole position within the IPL desk and also ensured a lucky fourth place end for Sunrisers Hyderabad, right here on Sunday.

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Rohit stitched two an important partnerships, first a 46-run stand with Quinton de Kock for the hole wicket and then any other 88 runs for the unconquered second wicket with Suryakumar Yadav (46 not out) as MI chased down the objective of 134 with 3.five overs to spare.

The MI captain carried his bat during the innings, hitting eight fours off 48 balls while Yadav fed on 27 balls for his unbeaten 46.

Mumbai Indians avid gamers take a victory lap after the match. (PTI Photo)

MI ended the league section with 18 issues from 14 matches -- the same as Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals -- however they secured the highest spot by means of virtue of better internet run price. MI ended at a internet run price of zero.421 as against zero.131 and zero.044 of CSK and DC respectively.

MI's win intended that KKR are knocked out of the tournament with Sunrisers making it to the play-offs at their expense on higher internet run price.

KKR and SRH ended the league section on 12 issues each however the Hyderabad-based aspect sneaked to the play-offs with zero.577 internet run price against zero.028 of the Kolkata aspect.

MI and CSK play against each other in Chennai within the Qualifier 1 on Tuesday while Delhi Capitals -- who completed 3rd -- take on SRH within the Eliminator at Visakhapatnam on Wednesday.

The Qualifier 2 -- between the dropping teams of Qualifier 1 and Eliminator -- can be performed at Visakhapatnam on Friday.

Chasing 134 for a win, MI made a excellent start with 46 runs coming from powerplay without dropping any wicket. South African Quinton de Kock hitting two consecutive sixes and a four off Andre Russell within the fourth over used to be the spotlight.

De Kock (30) used to be out the primary ball after powerplay with wicket-keeper Dinesh Karthik taking a super running catch off the bowling of Prasidh Krishna.

That used to be the one good fortune KKR had as Rohit and Yadav took MI house in 16.1 overs. Yadav hit a towering six to finish the match.

Earlier, Andre Russell did not deliver when it mattered essentially the most as Kolkata Knight Riders scored a sub-par 133 for 7 in their 'do-or die' game.

KKR's top run-scorer of this IPL, Russell (510 from 13 innings) used to be brushed aside for a first-ball duck as the visiting aspect frittered away a excellent start to submit a modest overall after being sent into bat.

Openers Chris Lynn (41 off 29 balls) and Shubman Gill (Nine off 16 balls) submit 49 runs in combination in 6.1 overs however KKR suffered a middle-order collapse as Mumbai bowlers made a best comeback.

It used to be left to Robin Uthappa (40 off 47 balls) and Nitish Rana (26 off 13 balls) to sew a 47-run stand for the 5th wicket to take KKR past the 120-run mark.

Lasith Malinga (3/35), Hardik Pandya (2/20) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/31) have been the principle wicket-takers for the home aspect.

Lynn and Gill started slowly before they started playing their giant photographs. Lynn hammered veteran Malinga for a four and a six within the fourth over as KKR fetched 13 runs in it.

There used to be no preventing Lynn as he struck two towering sixes off leg-spinner Rahul Chahar within the sixth over as KKR completed the Powerplay at 49/zero.


However, Hardik introduced the home aspect back into the match by means of eliminating both openers in quick succession. While he trapped Gill in front of the wicket within the 7th over, he sent back a deadly Lynn within the ninth over, caught by means of Quinton de Kock, as Kolkata slumped to 56/2.


KKR may just fetch most effective 12 runs in 5 overs and have been suffering at 61/2 after 11 overs. McClenaghan bowled a maiden over as Robin Uthappa struggled to score.


And within the 13th over, Malinga gave KKR a double blow by means of eliminating skipper Dinesh Karthik (3 off Nine balls) and in-form Russell (zero off 1 ball), who gloved to keeper de Kock.


KKR have been 73/4 then they usually never recovered from there.


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