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IPL 2019: Match 56, MI vs KKR- Who Said What

Rohit was delighted to finish at the top of the table.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. (Photo: IANS)

The Mumbai Indians (MI) have comfortably defeated the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the last league game to go top of the table. The El Classico will take place for the third time this season as MI and CSK will lock horns at the Chepauk on Tuesday. With KKR losing, the Sunrisers Hyderabad became the first team to qualify for the playoffs with 12 points to their name and they will be facing the Delhi Capitals in the eliminator.

After losing the toss, Chris Lynn provided the team with a brilliant start. It seemed to be a high-scoring game then as KKR got to 49/1 in first six overs. But soon after the powerplay, they lost all the momentum and only 16 runs were scored in the next six overs. They never recovered from this phase. Unfortunately, Robin Uthappa was the reason for the same and as he played too many dot balls.

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Dinesh Karthik also got out soon and the biggest blow was Andre Russell’s golden duck. Rather that was a huge anti-climax. Lasith Malinga snaffled him up and then despite Uthappa recovering, he could only reach 40 off 47 balls as KKR scraped through to 133 runs after 20 overs.

Rohit gets into the groove

The chase was always going to be a cakewalk for the home team with the dew coming on. Quinton de Kock slammed 30 off 23 balls before getting out and then Rohit Sharma, along with Suryakumar Yadav, seamlessly took the team over the line. They chased down the total easily in the 17th over itself as KKR never looked the favourites to win the game after the below-par total they posted batting first.

They topped the points table pushing the CSK down to the second spot while DC’s heavy loss against the Men in Yellow cost them a top-two finish and they will have to win the eliminator after playing so well throughout the season.

Man of the Match, Hardik Pandya said:

For sure, getting a Man of the Match for my bowling is really pleasing. To be honest as a batsman, there is nothing better than hitting a ball. People don’t expect a lot from my bowling, neither do I, but it feels nice. Krunal was telling me that I generate the power from my hip and core, but I really don’t know where I get my power from.

Definitely, Chennai is a different challenge, it will be a cracker of a game. We just hope to get the best out fo that one and go through to the finals. I definitely look at myself as a four-over bowler, I am ready to do whatever my team wants me to do, bowl four, ten or even fifteen overs in a Test match. We have one more bowling option and it helps when somebody has an off day.

Mumbai Indian captain, Rohit Sharma said:

It was the team effort that pleased me the most. We don’t depend on a few individuals to take us through, there are a lot of characters who put their hand up and took us through. Today, the entire bowling attack used the pitch and their variations really well to keep a line up like KKR quiet.

It is something we know about the IPL that the business end matters, we always come back well in the second half of this tournament. In all the three trophies that we’ve won, the boys have picked themselves up in the business end.

IPL is a funny tournament, any team can beat the other on a day and we want to take few tiny steps. My daughter has been coming here every day to watch me play, but I didn’t get a lot of runs earlier. It was nice to get some runs today, but she was sleeping!

Kolkata Knight Riders captain, Dinesh Karthik said:

We didn’t find momentum after the 6-over mark while batting and the regular wickets didn’t help either. We simply didn’t get going. When we (KKR) batted, the wicket wasn’t easy for stroke-making and the ball was certainly stopping a bit.

The Mumbai bowlers were good at bowling cutters and they exploited that extremely well. The dew in the second innings made batting easier slightly, but that’s not an excuse. There was an opportunity to bat up the order for Andre Russell, but expecting him to deliver every time is unfair and he has been fantastic throughout the tournament for us.

It’s all about attitude (about his running catch), and the will to win, but sometimes things don’t go your way. Not our best season, there are a lot of areas for us to improve on, and I’m sure we will come back stronger next year.

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