KKR ends the season on low and Dinesh receives all the criticism
Mumbai Indians defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in Mumbai by 9 wickets and made way for Sunrisers Hyderabad in a MIvsKKR clash. Mumbai won the toss and elected to bat first. Kolkata had a decent start and Lynnsanity struck Mumbai and the visitors scored 49 without loss in powerplay. The strategic time-out was taken right after the powerplay and KKR lost their openers in 7th over. KKR couldn’t recover the Pandya’s brother economical bowling and could manage to score 133 only in a knockout match.
Robin showed lack of intent
Robin Uthappa struggled throughout his innings and wasn’t able to middle the ball. He could manage to score only 40 of 47 balls and struggled to get going. Lasith Malinga got rid of the dangerous Andra Russell on the very first ball.
A total of 133 was never going to be enough for Rohit Sharma’s strong batting team. None of the bowlers looked effective against Mumbai as they chased down the score easily 23 balls before. Captain Rohit Sharma scored 55* of 48 balls and SuryaKumar Yadav remained not out on 46 balls of 27 balls.
Kolkata went through internal problems within team
Kolkata has struggled since their initial winning streak. They lost 6 matches in a row and that made things bitter internally in KKR camp. Captain Dinesh Karthik has been criticized for his bad decisions and poor run with the bat. Being a captain he wasn’t able to lead the team and let his team down. However, there were few positives for Shahrukh Khan’s team. Andre Russell’s form with bat and Shubhman Gill’s composure to finish matches in last few innings is something Kolkata fans can rejoice.
Playoffs Equation: MI on top to clash with CSK
This is the first time when a team has qualified for playoffs with 12 points. SRH, KKR and KXIP have the same number of points but SRH is making it because of their healthy net run rate. MI have reached on top and now they have two chances to make into finals. MI will clash with CSK (Qualifier 1) and the winner will get directly into finals. The winner of DC and SRH match (Eliminator) will lock horns with the loser of the first qualifier. The winner of Qualifier 2 will face the winner of Qualifier 1 in finals at Hyderabad.
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