MI stay alive with last-over thriller(Watch Video)

MI stay alive with last-over thriller(Watch Video)

MI stay alive with last-over thriller(Watch Video)

Written by Staff Writer

15 May, 2015 | 7:57 am

Yusuf Pathan’s late 52 off 37 went in vain as Mumbai Indians held their nerves till the end to defeat Kolkata Knight Riders by five runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter at the Wankhede Stadium here on Thursday and keep their play-offs hope alive.

While Mumbai moved into the top four with the win, Knight Riders could have confirmed a spot in the playoffs with a victory, but they went off track in the last five overs.

Fifty runs were needed off the last five overs but Yusuf Pathan’s half-century had reduced it down to 12 off the final over. But he fell off the first ball to Pollard and although Umesh Yadav struck a four next ball, Chawla failed to connect with the ball as he kept swinging across the line.

All Mumbai bowlers, except Hardik Pandya, took a wicket each. Pandya had earlier played a superb innings to keep Mumbai in the game by propelling them to 171 for 4. Mumbai’s innings derived most of its strength from the 92-run unbroken stand between Pollard and Pandya for the fifth wicket. The pair got together at the loss of Rohit in the 12th over, and accelerated with 72 runs in the last five overs.

With their win, Mumbai Indians climb from sixth spot to fourth spot with 14 points from 13 games, whereas Kolkata remain in second spot with 15 points from 13 games.
Kolkata managed to score 166/7 in 20 overs, in response to Mumbai Indians’ 171/4 in 20 overs.

For Mumbai, Lasith Malinga, Mitchell McClenaghan, R Vinay Kumar, Harbhajan Singh, Jagadeesha Suchith, Kieron Pollard all picked up one wicket.

Chasing a challenging 172-run target, Kolkata got off to a modest start with openers skipper Gautam Gambhir and Robin Uthappa taking it easy from the start scoring 38 off the first five overs.

But third ball off the fifth over brought fortunes back for Mumbai as Harbhajan Singh got Uthappa (25) caught by Malinga. Incoming batsman Manish Pandey (1) too departed after a direct throw by Lendl Simmons got him run out.

Two quick wickets didn’t trouble skipper Gambhir (38 off 29 balls) as he went on scoring five boundaries and sneaking in with couple of quick singles.

But he too fell in the 11th over. Coming down the track again, looking to strike it big, spinner Suchith bowled it flat and yorked Gambhir to take out his leg stump. Kolkata score was 88/3 in 10.6 overs.

Shakib Al Hasan also went back to the pavilion after playing a short quick-fire innings off 23 off 15 balls, the score being 118/4 in 14.2 overs. Incoming hard-hitting batsman Andre Russell (2) was also dismissed by Malinga.

Earlier, put into bat, Mumbai scored 171 by losing only 4 wickets where Pollard and Hardik Pandya buid an unbeaten partnership of 92 runs partnership off 51 balls for the fifth wicket.

Fifty runs were needed off the last five overs but Yusuf Pathan’s half-century had reduced it down to 12 off the final over. But he fell off the first ball to Pollard and although Umesh Yadav struck a four next ball, Chawla failed to connect with the ball as he kept swinging across the line.

Rohit Sharma’s decision to give Kieron Pollard the final over proved a masterstroke, as the medium-pacer kept his nerve to defend 12 runs. He bowled three successive dot balls in the end with Piyush Chawla swinging aimlessly, as Mumbai Indians won by five runs at the Wankhede Stadium.

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